As result of a mutual cooperation with the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), the experts of Fraunhofer IPA developed an automatic solution for recognizing workpieces and optimal program gerenation in robotic welding. DTI received the first licensed version of this software and is now able to program faster and avoid reprogramming efforts.
The automatic solution for recognizing workpieces and the optimal program generation for robotic welding has been sucessfully delivered to the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) in a demonstrator using a KUKA robot and a laser pointer. This software allows end-users a faster programming of robotic welding tasks, a collision-free path-planning and avoids reprogramming efforts when the workpiece is repositioned. In case of changes on the product variants, the tasks can be easily reconfigured. After the implementation at DTI, accurate collision-free paths were generated in satisfactory time and with accurate precision by using previous workpiece localizations with a commercial stereo-camera sensor. Besides this customer-specific application, the software can be adapted to a variety of use cases.
This project was funded by the European Commission in the project "ROBOTT-NET". and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Denmark).