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Robot Programming with Tablet-PC

July 2, 2012
Touchscreen teach pendant presents virtual operating elements
The reisPAD can be adapted to respond to task demand, to system demand, or to individual demand.

REIS ROBOTICS reports it sets new standards in programming and operation of robots with a new control generation ROBOTstar-VI and portable teach pendant, the reisPAD. The programmer can operate a user interface without mechanical and electrical operating elements. Intuitive operation is possible using haptic elements at the edge of the screen.

Among the features of the reisPAD is its large, scratch-resistant, 10.4-in. multi-touch display. The lightweight unit has BalancedUse capability for right/left operation, sharePAD for use of any number of robots, and wirelessTEACH: All functions, except for Emergency-Off and permission key, can be activated via the touch screen. Furthermore, the operating surface can be adapted to respond specifically to task demand, to system demand, or to individual demand. At the same time, Reis guarantees safe operation using the reis SafetyController communication device.

"The innovation is based on an individually configurable user interface without hardware keys — except for emergency-off," explained Franz Som, manager, Control Development. "All permanently required operating elements are placed in the form of a C-Frame on three sides of the screen. Haptic marks on the edge of the case allow to find the positions of those operating elements with one's eyes closed. Operating elements that can be generated depending on the application are mapped on the free side of the C-frame. The operating hierarchy has two levels as a maximum so that the user will always keep the context."

Test proved that programming time with the reisPAD will be reduced considerably. It is possible for operators to traverse a robot using virtual scrollbars, trackballs, or hand wheels. A reisPAD can be used for a random number of robot controls because it is network-compatible. With wirelessTEACH, Reis Robotics also offers a WLAN version as an option. The reisPAD allows to indicate the complete documentation of the system and context-sensitive aids from the network.

Reis Robotics develops linear robots, gantries, horizontal articulated arm robots, and other specialty robot devices.