I spent the week of March 8th through March 12th in Appleton, Wisconsin attending a KUKA Robot Advanced Programming class. This class was held at Fox Valley Technical College. The daily classes consisted of a 1 to 2 hour lecture period followed by a 1 to a 2-hour programming problem. The programming was carried out on a KUKA KR 16 robot. We started each morning at 8 am and finished at 5 pm. The weather could have been worse; it was overcast and rainy every day with very dense fog every morning.
We started Monday morning with a review of the basic programming class. It has been a couple of years since I attended the basic programming class so I enjoyed the review. We covered safety issues as you should never enter into the robot work cell unless the robot controller is in the T1 teach mode. The robot work cell is the area surrounding the robot where the robot can reach and perform its function. We also reviewed the KCP. The KCP is the KUKA Control Panel. This is the handheld device used for programming the robot.
During the basic programming class, I took a couple of years ago, we spent the week learning In-Line Programming. At the time, it was not an easy class, but one I could handle. Line Programming consists of choosing a pre-made line of code for whatever I wanted the robot to do. After choosing the form, you could change specific parameters for that particular line. This week was much harder. We learned script programming. With Script programming, you don’t choose a readymade line of code; you write everything using KUKA keywords.
The training facility at Fox Valley Technical College was nice. They had six KR 16s set up in a large work cell. There were also two KR 6s that were not mounted in a location yet. I also saw two KUKA SCARA type robots that were not being used. In the back was a KR 100.