Renishaw unveils a new product line specifically designed for the industrial automation market. The new RCS product line builds on its existing expertise and technologies for industrial metrology applications and aims to transform the process of commissioning and servicing industrial automation technologies. Developed to solve some fundamental challenges within the global industrial automation industry, the new RCS product line focusses on the problems associated with manual set-up, calibration, and maintenance of robots, such as operational accuracy and repeatability.
The range includes three products: RCS L-90, RCS T-90, and RCS P-series, all supported by a dedicated software suite. RCS L-90 is a ballbar device that improves robot system accuracy, reduces deployment time, and monitors robot health with simple routines controlled by its supporting software suite. RCS T-90 is a tri-ballbar system which enables robot users to identify root causes of poor performance, with further comprehensive tests to capture critical robot information – such as remastering the joint offsets to calculated positions, running master-recovery routines, and plotting 3D path performance. The third RCS product, RCS P-series, integrates a permanent Renishaw probing solution within a robot cell to apply in-process metrology and automatic recovery to automation processes.
Built upon established and trusted Renishaw technology, this new product line for industrial robotics brings the company’s metrology expertise to an industry that has significant challenges with performance accuracy and repeatability. Categorized as either ‘in-field’ or ‘in-process’ products, the new RCS products help to simplify robot set-up, health checks and recovery of robotic applications following collisions. Working with Renishaw’s new intuitive robotics software, RCS Software Suite, the products support robots from a wide range of manufacturers.
“The existing processes surrounding robot set-up and maintenance are largely manual for an industry built upon automation,” says Dr Kevyn Jonas, Director of Renishaw’s Industrial Automation Products Division. “With no existing fully comprehensive solutions, these methods have been accepted, until today. Robot integrators and users now finally have a solution for a quick, simple and traceable means to manage their robots.”
The RCS product line was publicly available and demonstrated for the first time at Automate 2023 in Detroit in May, with a subsequent launch to the European market at Automatica 2023 in Munich.
According to Will Lee, Renishaw’s Chief Executive, “Our success over 50 years is built on providing robust and reliable products that solve manufacturing problems across a wide range of industry sectors. With the global growth of robotics, and their increased use in precision production applications, we are seeing significant challenges. We believe we can address these challenges based on our decades of experience providing calibration and set-up solutions within the machine tool and motion control industries.”
Related Glossary Terms
Checking measuring instruments and devices against a master set to ensure that, over time, they have remained dimensionally stable and nominally accurate.
Science of measurement; the principles on which precision machining, quality control and inspection are based. See precision machining, measurement.
Reduction or removal of workhardening effects, without motion of large-angle grain boundaries.
Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.