Comau and Siemens have presented several application cases to demonstrate the concrete ability of Siemens PLCs to communicate at an industrial level with Comau robot controllers. The event was held at the MADE – Competence Center Industry 4.0 in Milan, created to support and accompany Italian manufacturing companies on the path of technological innovation and digital transformation.
Thanks to the SIMATIC Robot Library, which is available for PLCs or the Siemens Programmable Logic Controller S7-1500, and through the “Comau Next Generation Programming Platform, an innovative platform found in Comau robot controllers, it is now possible to establish a connection based on the Profinet “Standard Robot Command Interface,” a protocol that increasingly facilitates and improves the integration of Comau robots with Siemens programming and control systems.
The use of Artificial Intelligence algorithms to optimize robot handling, grasping and inspection processes was also demonstrated. Finally, robotic solutions that, due to the Standard Robot Command Interface, can enhance industrial applications in fast-developing sectors where the use of automation is growing significantly, such as food, beverage and pharmaceuticals, were also shown.
By creating a single programming environment, this solution simplifies the management of automation on multiple levels; from the handling of a single robotic arm, to the integration between robot and automatic machine, to the automation of an entire work line. As a result, companies can save costs and operational time, increasing their efficiency and productivity.