Wizard easy programming is a graphical programming method designed to enable users to quickly create robot application programs for ABB’s single-arm YuMi collaborative robot, without the need for specialized training. ABB is a technology provider for the digital transformation of industries.
This easy programming software is built on the concept of Blockly, an open-source visual coding method that is made to present programming language or code as interlocking blocks. By using this simplified approach Wizard tries to allow users to program and use the Single-Arm YuMi robot without prior knowledge of any robot programming language. A user should be able to simply drag and drop these functions on the FlexPendant, see the results, and adjust the robot’s actions.
Combined with its lead-through-programming feature, Wizard easy programming is made to smooth the use of single-arm YuMi robots. The software features basic robot functions such as “move”, “pick”, and “vacuum”, covering a wide range of tasks that are usually executed by the robot. There are also functions for error handling, allowing novice programmers to take care of errors such as collisions. By simplifying the typically complex programming associated with handling errors, Wizard easy programming can help robot users develop effective robot programs, says the company.
“Flexible and easy-to-use, collaborative robots are enabling small businesses to experience the benefits of robots worldwide,” says Andie Zhang, ABB’s Global Product Manager for Collaborative Robotics. “To enable first-time robot users to realize the possibilities of automation we’ve reduced the learning curve for new users by simplifying the programming of the Single-Arm YuMi with our new Wizard tool. This will help reduce the cost, time, and skills required to implement collaborative automation in a wide range of workplaces, which may lack a dedicated engineering or automation programming resource.”
Wizard easy programming is designed to be converted in real time into ABB’s RAPID programming language, to give Wizard easy programming the advantage to support advanced robot functions. Complex robot programs such as for assembly tasks can be created by skilled robot programmers and then turned into a Wizard program for novice robot users to use and operate.
Wizard is available as a pre-installed application on the FlexPendant device for all new Single-Arm YuMi robots since its release at the end of March. The Wizard easy programming software is available for free and the new software will also be made available to existing YuMi customers in the form of a free add-in that can be installed via RobotStudio to the FlexPendant.