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Version 2013 Features (Robotics Module)

LabVIEW 2013 Robotics Module Help

Edition Date: June 2013

Part Number: 372983D-01

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This topic lists new features and changes in the LabVIEW 2013 Robotics Module. Refer to the LabVIEW 2013 Features and Changes topic for information about new features in LabVIEW 2013.

Note  Refer to the readme_Robotics.html file, located in the labview\readme directory, for a complete list of new features and changes, information about upgrade and compatibility issues specific to different versions of the Robotics Module, and information about known issues with the LabVIEW 2013 Robotics Module.

Simulator Assistant

Use the Simulator Assistant, available on the Simulator palette, to control the robotics simulator and to configure the sensors and actuators of a robot. Drop the Simulator Assistant inside a loop and use the configuration dialog box that appears to specify the simulation instance, sensors, and actuators you want to control. Right-click the Simulator Assistant on the block diagram and select Convert to SubVI to convert the Simulator Assistant to a subVI, which displays the Simulator VIs used in the Simulator Assistant. You can use this subVI to extend the robotics simulator architecture.

New Simulator Display Control

The Robotics palette contains a simulator display control, which displays the simulation scene of a robotics simulator. During run-time, you can right-click the simulator display control and edit the appearance and behavior attributes of the simulator. With the front panel open, select View»Controls Palette to display the Controls palette. Expand the Robotics category to access this control.

Support for 5R Type 1 Serial Arms

5R serial arms have five revolute joints. LabVIEW supports the 5R Type 1 serial arm. Use the Initialize Serial Arm VI to generate a 5R Type 1 serial arm representation. LabVIEW also supports KUKA youBots, which use the 5R Type 1 serial arm.

Refer to the Robotics Module»Controlling Serial Robotic Arms»Designing Serial Arms book on the Contents tab in the LabVIEW Help for more information about 5R Type 1 serial arms.

Controlling KUKA youBots

The KUKA youBot palette contains VIs you can use to control real and simulated KUKA youBots. The KUKA youBot palette contains VIs to initialize the KUKA youBot, configure the KUKA youBot platform, arms, and grippers, and then close the communication session.

Refer to the KUKA website for more information about KUKA youBots.

Behavior Changes

The LabVIEW 2013 Robotics Module introduces the following behavior changes.

VI Changes

The Robotics Module 2013 includes the following changes to VIs:

LabVIEW Robotics Run-Time Engine

The Robotics Module includes the LabVIEW Robotics Run-Time Engine. The Robotics Run-Time Engine enables you to distribute a simulation program to a computer that does not have the LabVIEW Development System or the Robotics Module. When you build an installer for the Robotics application, add the Robotics Run-Time Engine and LabVIEW Run-Time Engine to the installer build.


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