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Logic Design, a provider of simulation software tools, has released its Robologix software package, which is designed to emulate real-world robotics applications.

The package is intended to allow users to test, run and troubleshoot programs written using a five-axis industrial robot in a range of practical applications.

With Robologix, users can run the simulator to test and visually examine the execution of robot programs and control algorithms, while plotting instantaneous joint accelerations, velocities and positions.

Kevin Fullerton, Logic Design’s chief technology officer, said: ‘We have combined the power of a physics engine and its precise renderings and robot motion with a user-friendly graphic user interface based on an industry-standard instruction set – and the result is unprecedented in simulation technology.’ Robologix – suitable for students, robot designers and engineers – allows for verification of reachability, travel ranges and collisions.

This allows for increased reliability of the planning process and program development, as well as reducing the overall completion/commissioning time.

The software is said to enable programmers to write their own robot programs, modify the environment and use the available sensors.

These sensors include video cameras, which are used for obtaining the desired position of the robot end effector.

In addition, a teach pendant is included with the simulator that allows the user to command the robot to pick up a tracked object and return it to a home location through jogged commands or pre-programmed positions.

The ability to preview the behaviour of a robotic system in a ‘virtual’ world allows for a variety of mechanisms, devices, configurations and controllers to be tried and tested before being applied to a ‘real-world’ system.

Robologix receives control signals, determines if contact or collision between objects in the system has occurred and returns simulated sensor information as feedback.

This system has the capacity of real-time simulation of the motion of an industrial robot through 3D animation.

The principles of 3D motion simulation and geometry modelling and kinematics modelling are presented in the Robologix virtual environment.

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