Posted on : Tuesday 4th August 2020 03:38 PM
Realtime Robotics is a startup company based in Boston that has developed a robotics automation platform for real-time motion planning. It is designed to ensure full speed, collision-free operation of multiple robots in an uncaged workcell.
Mitsubishi recently invested in Realtime Robotics to bring its technological capabilities into Mitsubishi’s own collaborative robot (cobot) applications. It’s important to note here that Mitsubishi does not offer a specially designed cobot, as it has always preferred to use a combination of sensor and safety technologies to ensure safe, collaborative use of industrial robots working alongside people. The company prefers this approach to specially designed cobots so that users can still access the high-precision capabilities of its industrial robots in cobot applications.
In a demonstration at Mitsubishi’s exhibit at the SPS (Smart Production Systems) event in Nuremberg, Germany, Realtime Robotics motion planning capabilities were put to the test, as you can see in the video. In the demo, the robots can be seen stopping whenever the presence of a human is detected in the workspace. The two robots also react to each other’s presence by recognizing when collisions are possible based on positioning of the objects to be picked by the robots.
Cameras in the workcell (which can be seen at the top of the video frame) detect and send information about the presence and position of people and objects in the workcell. The motion of the robots are controlled by Realtime Robotics’ motion planning software to avoid collisions. In the SPS demo, Realtime Robotics’ motion planning platform was housed in a Mitsubishi Industrial PC.
The motion planning software from Realtime Robotics is robot agnostic—it can work with any type of robot. As part of the partnership between the two companies, Mitsubishi will be integrating Realtime Robotics’ motion control platform into its controllers.