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RobotStudio AR Viewer app can be used to test any model created in RobotStudio, so users can size and scale a robot or robot cell, and see how it can be deployed.

AR for Modeling Robotics Installation, Function

Aug. 25, 2020
Augmented Reality "viewer" for smartphones and tablets establishes a way to visualize where and how robotic automation fits into a manufacturing process.

ABB ROBOTICS’ PC-based RobotStudio® offline programming software is now enhanced with an Augmented Reality "viewer" application for smartphones and tablets that establishes a way to visualize where and how robotic automation can fit into a manufacturing process.

RobotStudio software allows users to design, configure, and commission individual robots or complete robot systems in a virtual environment, so units or systems can be tested and refined before they are implemented in real life. New product lines can be installed faster and ramped up to full speed without surprises during commissioning.

The RobotStudio AR Viewer app can be used to test any model created in RobotStudio, so users will have an idea of the size and scale of a robot or robot cell, and how it can be deployed on a factory floor to fit around any existing production equipment. Using Augmented Reality technology, the app overlays the modelled solution into the real-life production environment, with the ability to scale it to full size and rotate it through a variety of angles to achieve the best result.

The AR Viewer also allows the user to watch the model in action. A timeline feature makes it possible to check the cycle time and go quickly to a certain point in time in the animation, to find ways to improve performance or pinpoint a potential issue.

RobotStudio AR Viewer is available free of charge on the Apple Store and Google Play Store and viewable on any compatible smart device (from iPhone 6s, iPad Pro or onwards and Android 7.0 onwards with ARCore support.)

The AR Viewer is recommended for companies that are new to robotic automation, or for those who have previously lacked the time or resources to start to plan an installation. It provides a low-cost, safe, and easy way to visualize an installation that can be used by individuals or groups, with none of the potential concerns over complexity, hygiene or nausea that can occur with VR-based alternatives.

“We know from conversations with SMEs in particular that many companies are looking to implement some form of robotic automation but are unsure of where to start. RobotStudio is our intuitive digital tool that helps simplify the installation and use of robots. Our new AR Viewer tool makes it even easier for customers to access the huge capability of RobotStudio, helping them to see how robots can be introduced into their production and how automation can improve the productivity and flexibility of existing process, before they commit to any investment,” said Antti Matinlauri, Head of Product Management for ABB Robotics.

RobotStudio is available free of charge until December 31, 2020, with a free training course available to help users unlock the full potential of the software.

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