Example for multimove with 2+ robots and 2+ external axes?

hi,
Are there any more complex emaples fro setting up multimove?
I am planning on 2 robots and 2 external axes ( 1 linear, 1 rotating).
When I try adding them all the system wont configure, tried external axis wizard as well.
Thanks for your help

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  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited May 2019
    External axes are driven by mu100 and mu200
    and just found this
    Application manual
    Additional axes and stand alone controller


  • The configuration isnt supported by build from layout, but not sure if i need to create my own moc.cfg since both motors are abb standard parts?
    What defines a valid configuration and can it be added?

  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭
    The manual you found gives the solution with the  template files - page number depends on the version of the manual but is in the installation chapter or search for " template files "
  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited May 2019
    Thanks for the hint, just found them moved to
    C:\Users\$USER\AppData\Local\ABB Industrial IT\Robotics IT\RobotWare\RobotWare_6.08.1040\utility\AdditionalAxis
    I previously thought they were gone


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  • kschmidkschmid
    edited May 2019
    Thanks so much. Like in any reasonable complex software there are lots of ways to do the same thing...
    Examples are using the System Builder but my understanding is that it should be used with version 6 anymore? 
    Is the workobject already needed at system creation time?

    So I build myself mechanism for both the rotating axes and the slides first and at them to the tasks?
     I think I dont quite get how driven by a motor manifest in robotstudio?



  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited October 2019
    4 months later abb support hasnt been able to even classify "sharing an axis  with 2 robots" as a bug or feature request.
    We have been through 3 of their experts and have explained the problem over and over.
    Most depressing support experience of any company ever unfortunately.
  • lemster68lemster68 United States ✭✭✭
    So you want to share an axis between two robots?  I did that years ago.  The axis needs its own task, and the two robots take turns with coordinated motion.  UNLESS, you mean share at the same time.  It might be doable in the same fashion.
    Lee Justice
  • I agree with k_schmid. ABB provides very little support. I'm to the point of not purchasing another ABB robot. We started with 1 flexcell and up to expanding. I think AB makes one of the best robots out there but sadly their Robot Studio support is SOOO POOOR . 
  • kschmidkschmid
    edited November 2019
    Thanks for the reply, the axis needs to be used at the same time, synchronous. I didnt plan the hardware.
    I would have been OK to have confirmation that it is not possible (or a bug) but rather I got 4 months of insentient vague "maybes".
    Now my colleagues think I cannot do my job.

    So @abb for about the 150th times: Is there a way of synchronously using an axis with 2 robots?
  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭
    When you say "I am planning on 2 robots and 2 external axes ( 1 linear, 1 rotating)" is one of the robots fixed and one on the linear axis?
  • There is a rotational axis for the work piece. The robots are supposed to share the vertical linear axis
  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭
    So the robots are both on the one carriage on the vertical axis? 
  • kschmidkschmid
    edited November 2019
    Yes, exactly. We are trying to fake it with a 2 axis positioner instead but it adds  complexity.
    My understanding its a pure robot studio limitation 3 separate abb people couldn't get around it so far.
  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭

    Is the goal of the simulation to provide a visual representation of the process or to do offline programing as it would be in the real world?

    If the former there is probably more scope to hash something together that would look the part but the program would not be anything like a real system.

  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited November 2019
    The physical system has been build like it now, partly because we couldnt confirm its not supported.
    It needs to work, visualization is nice to have
  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭
    Can you post a graphic of the system - I can not picture what it looks like.
  • The rendering is a bit confusing too but its the only approved material


  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    Will give it a go but it the experts have failed......

  • kschmidkschmid
    edited November 2019
    Robotstudio doesn't let me move the frame of 2 robots by the same axis.
    Seems a bit like an arbitrary limitation.
    I was super surprised that is uncommon but i also couldn't find any video or similar of a real system doing this.
  • Honestly, even confirmation that this is unsupported would be some progress.

  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭

    Not surprisingly I also got no where.

    I have raised a support case with the factory support team - can take some days for a reply if they are busy on cases that affect production.

    Will let you know the answer once received.

  • kschmidkschmid
    edited November 2019
    Fantastic, we have one as well. Unresolved for month and probably just closed by abb now :)
    The reference case for this is: AU190808-367796

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  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭

    Reply is that this system configuration is possible.

    They think it should be able to be done without a customised motion configuration file - but if not then they will have to build a custmised motion configuration file.

  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited November 2019
    We asked for a quote for such a configuration file and we are still waiting.
    I think they made one and found it wouldn't work.
    We cannot wait around for things that never happen. I was considering making a complaint but no idea where.
    Anyways, very disappointed with the whole thing.
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  • graemepaulingraemepaulin New Zealand ✭✭✭
    The factory team are working on proving if a customised config file is needed.
  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited November 2019
    That would be a miracle (fingers crossed). How did you do this?
    Thanks a million times again
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  • So abb sales come by promising a happy ending. We see about that...
  • 5 months and 4 different people in they are "still investigating" the problem
  • vulpes_hvulpes_h Sweden ✭✭
    edited December 2019
    It should not be that difficult to get a multi-move system for this.
    would let one robot control the drives for external axis and the other robot follow the first one by moving the work object.
    it was performed at Abb 2010 ,, they should be able to do this at this point!!
    no difference in this and a welding table where there are rotating axis.
  • k_schmidk_schmid
    edited December 2019
    How does the second robots coordinate system get updated then? I am sure this has been done and I am baffled at how abb is unable to handle this question.
    They have been talking about (but have been unable to provide) an addition al configuration file we have to buy. Your solution wouldn't need that ?
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