Robotics in Automation

World Robotics Survey: Industrial robots are conquering the world

Annual supply of industrial robots 2013-2014 and forcast for 2015-2018

By 2018 global sales of industrial robots will on average grow year on year by 15 percent – the numbers of units sold will double to around 400,000 units. Five major markets representing 70 percent of the total sales volume: China, Japan, USA, South Korea and Germany. So says the 2015 World Robot Statistics, issued by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

World Robotics Market Growing at 29.11% CAGR to 2019

The Global Robotics Market 2015-2019 research report mentions companies like ABB, Fanuc, KUKA, Yaskawa Electric, Adept, Honda, Intuitive Surgical, iRobot, Kawasaki, and Epson Robotics in its latest market analysis.

Commenting on the 2015 robotics market report, an analyst said: "Vendors are offering next-generation robotics systems to manufacturing companies to gain a competitive advantage over others. Independent robots developed with the use of artificial intelligence can perform a broad range of tasks independently. The demand for these robots from manufacturing companies has increased, driven by the need to improve productivity and efficiency. Also, vendors are offering collaborative robots that can interact with humans, which is expected to help in achieving better collaboration in production processes."

SCARA robot solution

Delta Industrial Automation (IA) just introduced its Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA) DRS40L Series and robot solution


Delta, a world-class provider of industrial automation solutions and a global leader in thermal and power management technology, offers new SCARA Robot Solution, DRS40L series. This comprises a robot arm system that is capable of improving daily productivity by up to 3 times in certain industrial processes and can be integrated with an in-house machine vision system for smart identification, inspection tasks and more.

TwinCAT 3.1 now supports the mxAutomation interface to KUKA

PLC and robot control seamlessly integrated

TwinCAT mxAutomation enables direct communication between PLC and the KR C4 robot controller from KUKA

"Beckhoff TwinCAT software now enables direct communication between PLC & KUKA KR C4 Robot controller" Using the mxAutomation library, commands can be sent directly from the PLC to a KUKA robot with a KR C4 controller. It is thus possible for the first time ever to program the controller and robot simply – i.e. without knowledge of a special robot programming language – on one system.

Communication takes place via EtherCAT, with the TwinCAT EtherCAT master and the KR C4 controller from KUKA exchanging data via the EL6692 or EL6695 EtherCAT bridge terminal. In doing so, drive commands are transmitted from the controller to the robot and actual values from the robot to the controller.

Commands can be transmitted very quickly from the PLC to the robot thanks to this efficient, high-performance communication. Not only that, the PLC programmer has access to the robot position data at all times in real-time. With extended functionality, the direct and close interaction also enables the implementation of applications where high-precision synchronisation is required.

mxAutomation for TwinCAT 3.1 revolutionises the co-operation between PLC and robot. PLC programmers can program movements directly in the PLC and monitor all actual values of the robot in real-time.

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December'15/January 2016