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Partnership enables robotic-cell integration and simulation

June 24, 2024
RoboDK and Keba Industrial Automation collaborate on simulated environment across the product lifecycle
A partnership between RoboDK and Keba Industrial Automation could enable users to virtually create and test robot cell scenarios in a simulated environment.
The integration of Keba Robotik KeMotion in RoboDK is designed to simplify the complete lifecycle of a process with integrated robotics, from the preparation of the quotation to implementation and after-sales support.

RoboDK was founded in Canada in 2015 and specializes in off-line programming and simulation. Keba has more than 30 years of expertise in industrial robotics and, with its Kemro X automation platform, enables interaction, the movement of the robot and the respective process functionalities. Michael Garstenauer, product manager, robotics, at Keba Industrial Automation, said: "We are delighted with the successful integration of our control technology into RoboDK. RoboDK has developed a KeMotion Keba driver that is based on Keba's new secure and powerful web APIs and thus enables corresponding workflows. Our existing customers will also benefit from this, as the RoboDK robot library already supports them."


2 open platforms


Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can combine the Kemro X and RoboDK. The two open platforms make it possible to create and test several robot cell scenarios from the desktop and then set up the real production cell (Figure 1). This means that the positioning of the robot can be determined before it is actually used. Cycle times are minimized, singularities are avoided, and accessibility is ensured, noted Keba’s Garstenauer. This leads to shorter commissioning times, conserves employee resources and ultimately allows reliable quotations to be prepared quickly for customers, he added. "If, for example, you program a robot to paint a complex 3D structure such as a designer chair, this can often take hours,” said Garstenauer. “With RoboDK, you can do this in just a few minutes."


Transfer to control unit

The currently available functionality enables the creation of robot programs in the Keba language KAIRO within the RoboDK environment based on 3D models of parts and systems. An option for transferring to Keba controllers is also available. The execution of the robot movement can be monitored both in a digital environment and with the actual robot controller within RoboDK (Figure 1).

Simulation and programming

Samuel Bertrand, software development lead at RoboDK, said: "The integration between Kemro X and RoboDK provides Keba users with advanced simulation and programming capabilities, including CAD to path features, off-line programming (OLP), digital twin capabilities, collision checking, CAM for robots and more. By integrating Keba systems into RoboDK, we aim to enhance efficiency, control, and flexibility in robotic automation. "

Digital twin

Even after the production cell is set up and running, it can be maintained or modified using the digital twin. The recorded data is designed to identify problems and provide customer support and service. The collaboration between Keba and RoboDK is also designed to minimize downtime during product changes and, by identifying problems, it enables service and support.

The partners

Founded by Albert Nubiola in January 2015, RoboDK is a spin-off company from the CoRo laboratory at ETS University in Montreal. RoboDK software is designed to bring robotics simulation and programming capabilities to coders and non-coders alike. It supports more than 1,000 robots from more than 80 different manufacturers, including ABB, Fanuc, KUKA, Yaskawa/Motoman, Stäubli, Omron and Universal Robots.
Keba, founded in 1968, with headquarters in Linz, Austria, and subsidiaries worldwide, operates in three business areas: industrial automation, handover automation and energy automation. Controls and safety technology, drive technology for machines and robots, ATMs and parcel and transfer machines, as well as power charging stations for e-cars and heating controls, for example, are all part of the product portfolio of Keba, which employs around 1,800 people.

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