At the Fakuma 2021, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will show the complete presentation of a study on modern options of intuitive interaction with injection molding machines and parts removal robots. In a joint research project with several partners, the option of voice and gesture control of a WITTMANN BATTENFELD injection molding machine equipped with a B8 control system and a WITTMANN robot fitted with R9 control software has been created.
In numerous test series, about 1500 typical phrases or voice commands (“utterances”) were defined, which an operator would use in order to test the entire production process for the loaded mold data in the semi-automatic mode and subsequently start up automatic production. To this end, operators wear a wireless headset, which they use for voice input of their commands.
Voice commands, such as “machine, start injection” or “robot, go to parts deposit position” or “robot, switch on vacuum”, are typical commands to be analyzed by a processing unit installed inside the production cell.
In this way, the realization is not based on data transmission to the cloud. All data remain inside the work cell and are processed there. Operators keep their hands free and can trigger the actions, without having to use the B8 terminal or to fall back on the robot’s R9 Teachbox.