I'm fully retired now and have developed a serious interest into robotics. I'm not looking to get into any career related to robotics but more the hobbyist approach. I have a huge 900sqft space with totally professional rewired 240v electricity throughout.
I have a chance to purchase a 2009 Comau Smart NJ4 170-2.5 robot with less than 3000hr for almost as cheap as what I could get a smaller robot for. Yes, I'm aware of the dangers of being a novice and working with an large industrial robot, I promise I plan to treat this endeavor with the greatest respect for safety. I didn't survive Iraq and Afghanistan to loose my life or limbs to a robot.
I've been researching the various robots, Kuka, Fanuc, Motoman, etc and all those manufacture have a big following on this forum and in the industry. There are plenty of tutorial on YouTube for those robots but not much on Comau. Even the Comau info on this forum is light but I've read allot of the posts and I'm still trying to get throw the 200+ page C5G manual.
Those of you with experience with Comau and other robot could you please chime in on the below questions. I have to make a decision to go for the purchase of the Comau or not in the next few days.
1. What is the learning difficulty level of the Comau C5G controller as compared to let say Kuka or Fanuc? I guess I'm asking which is the easiest to program?
2. Are there other forums with more content for Comau robots?
3. How easiest is to integrate various hardware such as Siemen into a C5G and software such a MoveIT, Mimic, and MATLAB?
4. How forthcoming is Comau Support when it comes to software upgrade for legacy product?
5. How easy is it to get answers to questions from Comau Support if you own a older robot?
6. How does 2009 C5G controller compare to other manufacture controller from the same era when it come to tech level. I know some of the older Kuka controllers used Win95?
I'll stop here because this post is long winded already but any advise would be appreciate and take it easy on me because I am a novice but I'm willing to learn.