I have proposed to my superiors using a robotic arm to do a repetitive task.
Basically I want to program a robotic arm to pick up a part, perform work on that part, place the part back in the same location, and then pick up the next part in the tray. I want to do this for about 30 parts.
Time is more critical then price, so I figured I could save a lot of time by buying a robotic arm kit. This way the assembly will be quick and the learning curve for programming will be reduced by the accompanying software and manuals. The robot I am looking at is the CrustCrawler SG6-UT http://www.crustcrawler.com/products/arm6.php?prod=11
I have some experience with programming, including a BASIC Stamp 2. It seems to me that once I am able to program in the entire sequence for the first part, the rest should be relatively easy.
My question to anyone willing to help is will this arm be capable of doing that many moves? Will the program required be too large for the microcontroller? How, difficult will the programming of the sequence be? There will be objects in my way that I will have to navigate around, will this be possible?
I also looked at the Lynxmotion Lynx 6 http://www.lynxmotion.com/Category.aspx?CategoryID=25
. The mechanics don’t work for my application, but based on what I see on their website, it appears easier to program (has its own program, RIOS). Does anyone have knowledge of the two robots and their programming?
Any input is greatly appreciated. If you feel I have overlooked something that might contribute to the project failing, please advise. If you would like more information, please post a reply and I will do the same as soon as I see it.
New robot builder,