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Manual Mode Operation for Controlling and Diagnosing Computer-Controlled Robotic Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039427D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Caraballo, JF: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a software program, intended for use with the IBM Personal Computer (PC), provides a manual control facility, called Manual Mode. This facility, used when the PC is interfaced with robotic programmable controllers, functions as a single-stepping device so as to manually step through a program, thereby providing diagnostic capabilities by emulating the operations through the use of software. In prior art, this function was performed by mechanical control units. The Manual Mode of operation provides routines which separate an individual piece of operational hardware from any restrictions or conditions enabling the operator to control a piece of equipment directly from the PC.

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Manual Mode Operation for Controlling and Diagnosing Computer- Controlled Robotic Operations

A technique is described whereby a software program, intended for use with the IBM Personal Computer (PC), provides a manual control facility, called Manual Mode. This facility, used when the PC is interfaced with robotic programmable controllers, functions as a single-stepping device so as to manually step through a program, thereby providing diagnostic capabilities by emulating the operations through the use of software. In prior art, this function was performed by mechanical control units. The Manual Mode of operation provides routines which separate an individual piece of operational hardware from any restrictions or conditions enabling the operator to control a piece of equipment directly from the PC. Operations, such as pick and place of a robot arm in conjunction with the passing through photoelectric cells or gate raising or lowering, are possible for diagnosing problem areas. The software program enables the PC to manually control the operations of the robot, at one central control point, by using screen displays and function keys as the prime media of control. For example, the F1 to F5 keys have been designated to perform the following functions: F1 - Set flag to switch to Manual or Automatic. F2 - Send READ command to the LASER and display the characters

returned to the ASYNC buffer.

F3 - Toggle key to drop or raise gate.

F4 - Display signals received from the...