Joystick Control of a Robot
Original Publication Date: 1987-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
This article describes a technique whereby robot axis motion may be called for through the use of joystick controls. Robot axis motion for teaching purposes or manual intervention is presently called for by entering job or position commands into a terminal or teach pendant. In the method disclosed herein, robot axis motion may be called for through the use of joystick controls. With one three-axis joystick for each hand, an operator can move a six-axis robot freely in any direction, calling for motion of up to six axes at the same time. After all axes have been moved to the desired position, a push-button switch on one of the joysticks may be depressed to cause the individual axis positions to be recorded in the robot controller.