Torque Monitoring or Payload Calculation

  • Hello all,

    I have a KUKA robot picking and placing objects. The objects are on a machine in two parts, 1 part stays in the machine and the other is picked up, emptied, and put back by the robot. The halves are aligned with alignment pins.

    Very occasionally the robot will pick the half up with the other half (i believe the alignment pins are snagging).

    This doesn't happen very often but it would be nice if I could use torque monitoring or a payload calculation to combat this. E.g. once the robot has picked up the half, do a check to make sure the torque/payload is correct and then continue, if too heavy then stop and flag an alarm on the HMI.

    Is this possible? Apologies if this is a basic question but I don't have much experience with robots.

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  • What's the weight of the parts? What's the weight fo the gripper? How big is your robot?

    Don't think that it's possible to detect the difference between one or two parts gripped, the difference in motor current will be too small, if the part weight isn't that big in respect to robot size.

    Attach some sensors to the gripper or somewhere else to detect the problem, will be much more reliable.

  • KUKA robots allow monitoring of the motor current or torque (torque is proportional to current). this means it is possible to write program to react on certain value. this will be something to dial in through trial and error or by recording all known loads and do a comparison. the thing to keep in mind is that you probably want to do this while robot is not moving (pause motion to do a check) which adds cycle time. this is why using sensor is preferred (and it is usually simpler).

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  • Hi guys. thank you for your responses.

    I believe the robot has a 240kg capacity. The weight of the parts are roughly 100kg each, so i would be trying to work out if i have picked up 100kg or 200kg. Is this doable?

    Unfortunately i am unable to use sensors for this due to the nature of the machine.

  • Try it. It is not too complicated to watch the current, you can just have a look into it during the normal production, and you can see the difference.

    2 times 100 kg on an 240kg Robot? So your gripper maximum weight is 40 kg, and only if the mass Centerpoint is not more than 200 mm away from flange.

    Think Your robot is overloaded. :winking_face:

  • there is no gripper. the tool on the robot is rated for 400kg i believe so should be all good there. its a basic tool with a lock/unlock function and the parts have a female part for the tool to connect to.

    under normal circumstances it should only be lifting 100kg, its only when something goes wrong it may be lifting the 200kg. i just want the robot to stop if it does rather than carry on and risk damaging anything.

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