Product News: Realtime Robotics unveils Realtime Controller

May 6, 2020
Aims to simplify the programming burden, accelerating the integration of robots.

Realtime Robotics announced the launch of its Realtime Controller. The solution dramatically reduces and simplifies the programming required to safely integrate robotic workcells, speeding up the time to deployment, according to its maker. 

With the Realtime Controller, multi-robot cells are much more flexible, as it automates many core processes and can dynamically adjust to variable production conditions, per Realtime Robotics, which claims that manufacturers can now quickly and easily plan, simulate, and validate automation through the entire deployment.

The Realtime Controller connects with the customer’s PLC and robot controller so that they can autonomously calculate, communicate and execute collision-free motions. Both development time and cycle time are significantly reduced with automated interlocks and interference zone-free multi-robot workcells, enabling robots to be deployed more quickly and expand into new areas that were previously cost-prohibitive. 

The Realtime Controller is an industrial hardware-computing platform with proprietary hardware and software that supports both off-line programming and run-time operation of single and multi-robot work cells. The software toolkit and API enable easy integration with PLCs, picking systems, robot controllers, simulation software, and other task-planning solutions. Its web-based interface allows companies to configure and monitor robot workcells, according to its maker, including visualizing robot motions and managing fault conditions. In addition, Realtime’s motion planning enables immediate and autonomous fault recovery solutions for multi-robot workcells.

Says Peter Howard, CEO, Realtime Robotics, “Our vision is to reduce the friction associated with deploying robots in industrial settings. The Realtime Controller is a catalyst for accelerating and simplifying robotic automation across the globe, enabling manufacturers to finally benefit from the power of industrial robots working together.”