Actin brings new online control capabilities to your UR robot. With Actin, your UR robot will be able to dynamically follow tool paths you define in CAD, avoid collisions, and plan around obstacles in the workspace. Need to coordinate multiple robots or add additional axes to the arm to extend the workspace? Actin was built to evolve with your robotic system, allowing the user to extend multiple aspects without requiring changes to their underlying software. Actin’s online control capabilities include collision avoidance, part relative tool path control (External Tool Center Point), coordinated control of additional axes, and multi-arm tasking.
During the integration process, Actin allows you to rapidly iterate through work cell designs in simulation to evaluate placement of components, tooling, and robots before buying or setting up hardware. Scripting complex tasks is easy in Actin through an intuitive graphical programming interface. Actin’s unique approach then allows customers control the hardware online from the same interface. With the need for ever shorter iteration cycles to reduce line downtime, this ability to more quickly go from simulation to online control is invaluable.
Han’s Robot, a subsidiary of global Chinese manufacturer Han’s Laser, has licensed Actin for its new line of cost-effective collaborative robots (“cobots”), called Elfins. Actin’s easy-to-use robot control and simulation framework offers robot manufacturers faster time to market, reduced software development costs, and powerful control with real-time adaptive motion. These are critical success factors in the competitive cobot market.
Unlike traditional industrial robots, collaborative robots are designed to work safely side-by-side with humans. Key characteristics include built-in safety features, easy programming and use, and low up-front costs, making cobots accessible for a much wider range of applications than traditional robots. In this competitive and demanding market, the Actin control software allowed Han’s Robot to quickly introduce its first Actin-enabled cobot.
“Compared to other solutions, the ease-of-use and power of the Actin framework is exceptional,” said Guangneng Wang, CEO of Han’s Robot. “By leveraging Actin to build the real-time robot controller, our engineers were able to focus on the Elfin hardware and bring our new robot to market quickly and cost-effectively.”
With seven degrees of freedom, Robai’s Cyton robot arms work like the human arm. Roboticists call robots with more than six axes ‘kinematically redundant’. The extra degrees of freedom give fluid motion, better accuracy, and the ability to reach around obstacles.
The Cyton Gamma 1500 offers increased joint torques. Actin provides active management of the higher torques to optimize strength and lift capacity for the target tasks while ensuring safety and durability. Cyton Gamma requires no external controller box, only a 12v power supply. Setup is as simple as opening your laptop — plug the Cyton into a power outlet and connect the included USB cable to your Windows or Linux computer.
If you will have a program that generates target reach/grasp locations, you can command the arm to move to those positions using the C++ SDK, TCP commands, LabView or ROS interface.
We also have new support for Matlab/Simulink. With any of these programmatic control interfaces, you can send joint-value commands, send desired end-effector position/orientation, or trigger pre-defined waypoint sequences and actions.