Robots need accessories to work efficiently. But what’s the easiest way to connect the accessories to factory networks? The easiest way is to use HMS Networks’ ready-made Anybus products, as RSP found out.
Connecting Robot Accessories to Any Industrial Network
Case Study from | HMS Industrial Networks Inc
Robot System Products
One of RSP’s main product ranges is its tool changers. A tool changer is attached to a robot and enables the robot to change the tool quickly and safely.
The Moduflex tool changer is attached to the robot enabling the robot to change tools quickly and safely.
However, developing the required networking technology is neither easy nor what has made RSP a global leader. “We’re experts in robotics, not industrial networking,” explains Mats Thunell, senior engineer at RSP. “We want to remain focused on robotics, so we didn’t want to invest the time and money to develop an in-house networking solution as that’s outside our area of expertise. Fortunately, we found a good solution with Anybus that allows both companies to focus on what they’re good at, Robotics for us and networking for Anybus.”
But before we describe the networking solution, let’s set out RSP’s requirements.
RSP’s networking requirements
Henrik Hofström at RSP and Samuel Alexandersson at HMS.
Easy and reliable
“We would not have been able to develop the Moduflex series this easily without the Anybus CompactCom,” concludes Henrik. “The Anybus CompactCom is a great product. It provides reliable industrial network communication and is easy to use.”
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