Version 2014 Features (Robotics Module)

LabVIEW 2014 Robotics Module Help

Edition Date: June 2014

Part Number: 372983F-01

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This topic lists new features and changes in the LabVIEW 2014 Robotics Module. Refer to the LabVIEW 2014 Features and Changes topic for information about new features in LabVIEW 2014.

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 2014 Robotics Module.

Conveyor Model

The Robot Simulation Model Builder contains a conveyor model in the Built-in Model Library folder of the Model Library. LabVIEW provides a linear conveyor model for you to create conveyors for a robot model. You can use the conveyor model to simulate an assembly line or a transporter line. Click and drag the linear conveyor from the Model Library to the Model View to add a linear conveyor. When you add a linear conveyor to a robot model, the Configure Conveyor dialog box opens. You can configure the properties of the conveyor in the Configure Conveyor dialog box. Click OK to add the conveyor to the robot model.

Piston Joint

The Robotics Module provides a new type of joint for connecting robot parts in the Robot Simulation Model Builder. You can use the piston joint to connect robot parts. The piston joint allows the two parts to move closer to and apart from each other. The two parts can also rotate around the translation axis. The Robotics Module provides one type of piston joints, the spring joint, which returns to the original length when the joint is free of external forces. To add a spring joint to a robot model, select a joint in the Parts Hierarchy, right-click the joint, and select Joint Type»Piston»Spring from the shortcut menu.

Reading Force Feedback from Joints

Force feedback from a joint refers to the force that the joint applies to the parts it connects. In the Robot Simulation Model Builder, you can configure the feedback property of joints. If the value of the feedback property is True, you can read force or torque feedback from the joint.

Note  The Robotics Module provides a force control method for you to apply a force to a motor when you simulate mobile robots. If you use the force control method to control a joint motor, you cannot read force or torque feedback.

Behavior Changes

The LabVIEW 2014 Robotics Module introduces the following behavior changes.

VI Changes

The Robotics Module 2014 includes the following change to VIs:

The 5R Type 1 Serial Arm instance in the Initialize Serial Arm polymorphic VI on the Serial Arm Definition palette has the new L4 parameter.

New Control Method

The Robotics Module 2014 includes the following new control method:

The force control method allows you to apply a force to a motor when you simulate mobile robots.

New Examples

The labview\examples\robotics directory includes the following new examples:

  • Simulator\Gravity Compensation\Gravity Compensation.lvproj
  • Simulator\Industrial Robot Arm\Industrial Robot Arm.lvproj
  • Simulator\Springed Starter Kit\Springed Starter Kit.lvproj

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