Extendable Robot Controller
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes a robot controller which includes both electrical logic and system software that allows the controller to assume 100% control over equipment that is used in conjunction with the robot. Some existing robot controllers have provided means for the user to interface with other equipment and thus integrate the robot into the overall manufacturing line, but none allows the robot controller to assume complete control of surrounding equipment. Fig. 1 is a block diagram showing the robot control and auxiliary control paths. The implementation of the controller disclosed herein is in a robot that has six axes of motion, but whose controller has been designed to control seven axes or more.