High voltage micro-step drives
Extensive Input-Output - control everything else as well
Easy to program
Free teach pad
The multi-processor ST controller, K11R Mk5 provides all the power and intelligence to control a robot arm using a hierarchical architecture of CPU (central processing unit), DSP (digital signal processor) down to individual axis processors. The controller has a built-in programming language called Roboforth and is easily programmed using a PC connected via a serial cable or USB. Front panel LEDs verify serial communication. Extensive I/O capability makes it easy to control and interface with other equipment such as instruments or machines. There is no need for a separate PLC. The controller can also be commanded from a supervisory computer as part of a larger system.
Although the majority of functions are invoked from the computer a free teachpad is provided for fine positioning of the robot. The simple teachpad provides the means to select and move any joint or operate the gripper or any peripheral. Movement speed can be slowed right down for fine positioning of the robot.
Alternatively in Cartesian mode the teach pad allows 'jogging' in any X Y or Z direction in increments from 25mm at a time down to 0.1mm for accurate positioning, or to change the angle of pitch yaw or roll in increments from 0.1 deg to 25 deg. A desired robot pose can then be learned by pressing the tick key. A programmable function key is also provided. The stop key is linked in to the safety circuit.
The optional Nexus7 tablet teach console with Android software allows the user to position the robot wirelessly using a touch screen. The Android pad connects to the controller via bluetooth. Features include the ability to jog the robot in X Y Z in increments from 0.1 to 100mm, and the hand pitch yaw and roll in increments from 0.1 to 10deg.
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The current Cartesian position is constantly updated on screen.
add or delete positions in a route,
switch to PC and back to access higher levels,
stop button (always live through bluetooth).
And of course you can use it for all the other usual Android apps: Chrome, GPS, email, etc.
The K11R5 can also connect to, interface with and control all kinds of equipment such as pneumatics, feeders, plate stacks, conveyors, molding machines and synchronize all activities with the robot. There is an easily used input output register which can be expanded with a range of plug-in cards for analog or digital interfaces, serial, opto-isolated buffers and so on. This means you can easily arrange interlocks or control devices or take measurements while the robot is in motion. And you can add and control additional stepping motor devices such as indexing carousels, accurate bi-directional conveyers. Some clients use a K11 controller without a robot to control complex equipment and program it quickly and easily using Roboforth. You can also use it to control any machine with up to 6 stepping motors, with or without encoders. Additionally the controller has timers, interrupts and timer interrupts all programmable with the ease of Roboforth.