TopTier RoboTier controls consist of a Fanuc robot controller functioning as an electronic slave to an Allen Bradley PLC and AB 12" color touchscreen PC HMI. The control interface is easy to use and eliminates any requirement for robot programming by the end user. The robot functions as a component in a comprehensive palletizing solution.
Fanuc robots provide exceptional reliability and speed capabilities. The robot arm is used only in its most advantageous form: a highly reliable pick and place device running a very brief operating instruction set that never changes. The robot program establishes the work envelope, move profiles, and interface with the PLC master controller. Teach pendant processing, complicated robot program touch-up, and specialized robot programming skills are not required.
The AB CompactLogix PLC master controller using RSLogix 5000 software interfaces with the PC HMI to provide seamless real-time robot movement instructions via a dedicated Ethernet connection. The electronic slave relationship between the PLC master and robot controller facilitates all robot actions including automatic operations, manual moves, and any error recovery. All relevant robot-generated messages for maintenance, errors, and other robot specific information are displayed on the HMI.
The PLC master controller includes EasyStack®, TopTier's industry leading palletizer PLC code. TopTier standards such as networked VFD's, advanced diagnostics, and Ethernet communications are all integrated into RoboTier palletizers. RoboTier palletizers include all TopTier comprehensive safety features, including full Category III safety cage frame, muting light curtain load exit protection, redundant hoist fall protection, fiber optic breach detection circuit, and integration with Fanuc's robot safety system. TopTier's safety features meet or exceed all industry requirements.
The touchscreen HMI provides user interface to all palletizer functions. Running on the PC HMI, AB FactoryTalk® View, and EasyStack provides access to all robot functions via the PLC. New patterns can be programmed at the HMI quickly and easily. The PC also collects performance data that can be interfaced to a host. All maintenance manuals, exploded view drawings, operator manuals, and OEM manuals are accessible at the touchscreen. Factory support via remote access to the PLC is available at the discretion of the end user.