Using a teach pendant, someone can work with a robot without being tethered to a fixed terminal. These devices are used to control robots in a wide variety of settings, and by people who research and develop robots. Numerous companies manufacture teach pendants or recondition pendants so that they can be purchased used by cost-conscious consumers.
Several features are included on a typical Teach Pendant Accessories Center. The device usually has an emergency stop button, so that operations can be immediately shut down if there is a problem, as might occur when a robot appears to be malfunctioning. There is also a display which can be used to see and edit commands, and to look through the history of commands given to the robot, along with a keyboard for command input. The type of keyboard can vary, depending on the type of robot the teach pendant is designed to control.
With a teach pendant, someone can program a robot remotely, issue commands to a robot to tell it to do things, or teach the robot to perform tasks. People can walk alongside the robot as it is in operation, using the teach pendant to provide the robot with commands and feedback, and they can also operate the robot from a distance. Teach pendants may also include specialty features tailored to particular applications such as robotic surgery or robotic manufacturing.
Robotic teach pendants provide a robot operator the ability to program applications and to control the robot’s motion remotely. Operators can program robots through pendants without needing to be connected to a fixed terminal. The remote capability allows operators to program or control robots safely out of reach of their workspace or hazardous environments. In addition to programming and controlling robots, pendants can be used for testing and troubleshooting robotic systems. The ability to test robot systems allows for easier integration. While troubleshooting is simplified by being able to recall the robot’s command history and functions to quickly identify an issue.
Industrial robots are best suited for performing repetitive tasks, making teach pendants ideal programming solutions as they are designed for teach and repeat programming. Through this technique operators program robots for specific application parameters, these may include the robot speed and range of motion. The controls on the pendant allow an operator to relay information to the robot about cycle times, velocity, functionality, and interactions needed with any additional machinery involved. For example, a Teach Pendant Accessories Center can be utilized to program a FANUC M-710ic/50 for a die-casting application. The pendant will relay information about each step needed in the application process including loading the die-cast machine with the mold, injecting the mold, and then removing the cast from the machine and mold once cooled. The use of a robot pendant allows the operator to safely program the application remotely, being spared of the harsh foundry environment. Teach pendants also simplify programming of a multi-step manufacturing process through inputting information with their keyboard instead of manually manipulating the robot or coding through a computer.