The Robotics Department delivers complete solutions for industrial robotics. By using KUKA and ABB products, we can carry out projects involving not only preparation of a virtual environment, but also the start-up of a system.
The tasks of the Robotics Department are divided into two stages. The first one – off-line – relies on using specialised simulation software to prepare programs to be used by robots in work centres. The second is referred to as "on-line" and consists in production line start-up. The robot paths are determined to exclude the risk of collision between them and other station components, the process quality is checked and, depending on needs, other components not included in the off-line stage are integrated.
At the early stage of project implementation, computer programming environments are used in order to simulate the actual industrial objects. At this stage, the programmers use software to significantly speed up and facilitate production line start-up.
One of the key aspects is to ensure the safety of personnel working near industrial robots. This is included in a simulation phase in which a dedicated description of tools and robot operating areas are implemented in accordance with international ISO standards. The high precision of these tasks ensures the safety of personnel and other line equipment. Moreover, the correctness of modelled structural elements and automation components in relation to the process are verified in order to eliminate any time consuming changes that would otherwise be required at the start-up stage. Finally, the robots are prepared for operation. The movement paths, as well as the components required to communicate with the superordinate control system, are created and checked. The structural assumptions and time frames required by the client are also taken into consideration.
The on-line robotics department is responsible for implementation and starting the programs initially prepared on the basis of simulation at the manufacturing facility. The initial start-up of robots allows one to detect and eliminate any mechanical, technical and process errors and thus enable further operation utilising the full automation of the line. All tasks related to optimisation of the operation of robots are carried out to prevent exceeding the station's maximum operation time, to minimise the mechanical wear of robots and other station components and to make sure the products conform to the quality requirements. Finally, the full functionality of the line is implemented according to the client's requirements and expectations.
Additionally, just as in the case of off-line works, safety is taken into account. All changes which were introduced after the simulation phase must be taken into consideration to guarantee the safety of personnel.