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  1. This is a tutorial to setup the Google Drive storage and load a program and a workcell into the robot. Click on the 3 dots on the right top corner and Select Storage from the drop down. Click on the Add/Choose Account. This will prompt you to select a WiFi to connect. After you insert the correct credentials for the WiFi account, click on the Add/Choose Account again. This time the Google Drive plugin will show up. Select the Add Account button and fill in the email address and password of the account that you have the program and workspace in. After completing the account adding, you should see your account pop up, like shown below. Close out of this and click on the 3 dots on the right corner again. Select Open Program. Then click on where it says “Tablet” and choose MyDrive and navigate to the correct directory that your .kr2 file is. Select the program and click yes on the prompt. Do the same process for the Workcell. This time navigate to the .wc file and select that. If you see the Cbun tile highlighted red in your program, you will need to initialize the RG6 Cbun. For that, you might need to download the OnRobot CBun, similar to how we did with the program and workcell. Navigate to CBuns under the 3 dots on the right top. Click on the + sign on the left top to add a CBun. Make sure to select MyDrive instead of the Tablet or Robot from the pop up screen and navigate to where the CBun is located in your google drive. I recommend not using the built-in CBun that’s under Robot since the OnRobot version has more functionality. After that step, click on the + button next to RG6 or whichever gripper you are using. That will redirect you to the Workcell. Now what you need to do is to change the Robot’s ethernet address to something that will match the Compute Box’s address. Compute box ships with so setting the “ethnet” to would be good. Then, select the OR_RG6 under Custom Devices and configure it. Change the connection method to Compute Box and change the IP address to under the Configure tab. Under the Mounting tab, click on Mount to set LOAD1 as your gripper. Remember, LOAD2 is the variable that you will need to configure to set your tool's weight. Make sure to click activate under Configure tab and watch the OR_RG6 tiles turn green.
  2. I am going to be honest here, I didn’t think I needed a 7th axis on a robot. I thought it was a marketing gimmick or an additional linkage to make the kinematics equations harder… I was wrong. Disclaimer: There are two different options to get 7 different axis; 1) a 7 axis robot, 2) an additional 7th axis for a 6 axis robot. Two different things. I am going to be talking about 7 axis robots in this post rather than adding an elevator or a slide to a 6 axis arm. Save time on the design stage You don’t need to spend tons of time and money designing your machine around your robot. For example, let’s think of a machine tending application. With a 6 axis robot, you need to make sure you can clear the door of the CNC machine, and your reach is enough to get to all of the positions that you need to go. Even then, you might see some surprises where a joint is out of limit after you reach into the machine or when you are closing the door. With a 7 axis robot, you can easily reach around the door and you don’t really need to think where the robot should go to be able to do the application. Just a couple of basic measurements and you should be good to go! Save money If you have ever worked with a 6 axis arm, you know that if you are packing a box or if you need to operate close to the base of your robot, you just can’t. To be able to get the rotation on a 6 axis arm, you have to rotate your 1st joint. Take a look at the picture below and see how the first joint of the robot is pointing at a different angle than the end-effector. This helps with distributing the load on each axis better since you can rotate joint 1 and actuate other joints to achieve the same rotation of the overall robot as a 6 axis robot, you end up not exhausting that Joint 1. This leads to longer lifetime of the robot and saving money in the long term. (Check out this link to see a video of a 7 axis robot going through motions that you wouldn't be able to do with a 6 axis robot.) 3. Save space on your factory floor With a 7 axis robot, it is no problem to have a working area right near your robot base.. The 7th axis helps with bending the arm in such a different way so that you can easily work right in front of you. But what does this mean? This means when you are building a machine, your machine can take way less space than if it would with a 6 axis robot. Everything can be compact. And you can also get away with purchasing a robot that has shorter reach for the same application compared to a 6 axis robot. 4. Save time on deployment Maybe in the design stage, you didn’t think about the limitations of a 6 axis robot. And you put the place station a little too close to your robot. Now you need to spend time and money to change the layout of your application. Or, if you know a 6 axis robot can definitely do this application, you might spend hours if not days more to program the robot. Usually robot programmer times are expensive, so this could be the factor that makes or breaks the project financially. I don’t want to sound wrong. 6 axis robots definitely have their application. Every product has their place. But sometimes you have some details in the application specifications that makes getting a 7 axis robot more sense. Now that you know where you can use a 6 axis or 7 axis robot, please reach out with your application details and we’ll be more than happy to discuss it with you at Gibson Engineering.
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