I was recommended to come on here for advice on setting up my robot. I am mechanical engineering student who recently went a bit loopy an purchased a second had robotic arm during lockdown and have extended the family shed to fit the arm and I'm trying to convert it to milling on a "shoe-string" budget.
It has been a somewhat complicated process as the Kuka had been highly engineered to work in a specific context and workspace and had three automation companies collaborating to achieve the final result (it was previously hung from the ceiling and used as a water jet cutter). Currently my friend Dave and I have been trying to figure out how to work backwards to make the robot a more standard set up to work for milling.
Alema Automation, which has since been bought by kuka, was one of the companies working originally to set up the robot. The computer seems to run an Alema Automation program in the background and I don't have a password for it in expert mode. I was wondering if someone on here new the password.
So far the servo controllers talking to each other and the pendant turns on, however some of the pervious iteration's inputs cause error codes ( it had an encoder on the first axis and another computer in the system, both of which are not being used or present).
I am going to start to use Kuka work virtual to re program the hard drive to our application.
Has anyone had to re-purpose a robot like this and if so were there any difficulties or things I should be considering.