What’s New in Forge/OS 5.1
After releasing Forge/OS 5 in May of last year, we’re excited to announce our latest major release, Forge/OS 5.1. Forge/OS 5.1 lays the groundwork for bringing advanced automation features into Forge and presenting them in the same easy-to-use language and interfaces that defines programming in Forge/OS. In addition to offering support for more robot brands such as Kawasaki Robotics, the latest version unlocks vision guided robotics and constant feed rate applications, such as dispensing.
In a change to the visualization of the software, we’ve switched to what we call “Flat Forge”. Throughout the entire software, including in every application, buttons and dialogs no longer have shadows or highlights. The subtle visual change translates to a significant improvement in performance and reduced latency in the UI.
Support for Kawasaki Robots
With Forge/OS 5.1 we’re proud to announce the support for our newest brand: Kawasaki Robotics. Kawasaki offers high-performing industrial robots at some of the most competitive prices on the market. With the integration of a majority of R Series Kawasaki robots, Forge/OS now brings world-class usability to one of the most prolific robot brands in the world, unlocking a pathway to industrial automation at a more affordable price point.
3-point frames allow users to create a custom frame of reference in 3D space from which a robot can base its motions. All the user needs to do is define three points on an object or plane to create the frame. These frames can be added and saved in the software, enabling the robot and programer to more accurately interact with objects in the workcell. Compared to 1-point frames, 3-point frames provide significantly more precision when defining a large workspace. They also enable meticulous inspection applications that require accurately aligning a frame to a different surface or tooling.
Task Transfer and Remapping
This feature allows you to copy, back up, transfer, and create templates of your Task Canvas programs. The most notable application of this feature is the ability to duplicate tasks across multiple workcells without having to reprogram your Task Canvas programs. Forge/OS will also automatically prompt you to remap certain devices, allowing you to use tasks that have been created in one workcell to a new workcell with an entirely different robot and devices. These tasks can be backed up and saved to a local machine, meaning you’ll never lose your program. Capitalizing on the brand agnostic nature of Forge/OS 5.1, it’s possible to remap “like” devices that aren’t necessarily identical. For example, when transferring a task to a new workcell, a task initially programmed with a FANUC robot can be remapped to a Kawasaki robot in another workcell. Unless the robots have the same dimensions and kinematics some touch ups will be necessary.
The parameter manager is a brand new app located on the home screen of Forge/OS. This application allows you to monitor system-wide data, such as global variables and frames, or device and application parameters. In addition to the new data available to users, there is also a new type of data: sub-parameters. Complex parameters, or those which are made up of one or more values, such as Waypoints, Frames, or the Current Robot Position, can be expanded to display and access the sub-parameters. This enables behaviors such as viewing certain joint values of the Current Robot Position, or programmatically updating only certain Cartesian values in a waypoint to allow you to make precise and targeted changes to saved robot positions in Task Canvas.
Forge/OS 5.1 has undergone a long list of improvements over the previous version including performance updates to make the system faster and more responsive to user inputs. It also improves upon the way the robot motions are handled giving you more power and flexibility over how your robots move. Users can now program actual numerical values for speed and acceleration in robot motion blocks. In addition to the ability of control over velocity, acceleration, and deceleration (when allowed by the OEM), Forge/OS 5.1 offers a “time to complete” function. This calculates the speed and acceleration needed to complete the motion in a programmed amount of time. UI updates make the system easier to navigate as well as offer the choice of imperial or metric units and the ability to view the OS in Japanese.
Here at READY we’re continuously working to make automation more attainable and we’re proud to present Forge/OS 5.1: a more robust version of the world’s only robot agnostic operating system for your industrial automation.