FANUC's QSSR Package Enables G-Code Programming of Machine-Tending Robots
IMTS Spark: FANUC America’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) package enables its CNCs to control connected robots providing machine tending.
FANUC America’s Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) package enables its CNCs to control connected robots providing machine tending. The QSSR G-code feature allows operators and machine tool builders to program robots through the FANUC CNC in ISO-standard G-code format. Those unfamiliar with robotic programming language will no longer require additional training or specialization because the programming can be performed with G code, the company says. A reliance on a separate teach pendant for the robot is also greatly reduced with the capability of robotic programming and operation through the CNC user interface. The G-code feature is available on Oi-F, Oi-F Plus, 30i-B and 30i-B Plus CNCs from FANUC.
QSSR not only eases connection of a FANUC robot through a high-speed Ethernet cable to a machine tool, but also simplifies robotic setup, programming and operation, the company says.
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