OnRobot’s (Irving, TX) D:PLOY is an automated platform for building, running, monitoring, and re-deploying collaborative robot applications. D:PLOY allows complete applications to be deployed and redeployed directly on the manufacturing floor with zero programming and within a few hours. At launch, the platform supports palletizing, CNC machine tending, packaging, and transferring (also known as pick and place) applications, with future announcements planned for additional process applications.
D:PLOY operates in five steps:
- Cell Setup – D:PLOY automatically discovers most of the installed hardware and configures interfaces, providing immediate control over them.
- Workspace – The program creates a collision free path based on the obstacle defined and the cell boundaries within the workspace.
- Application Setup – D:PLOY automatically generates all of the program logic, signals exchange, events handling, and path planning of the robot for the entire application based on a few inputs such as workpiece attributes and pick position.
- Operate and Monitor – D:PLOY provides insights into performance indicators in real time, requiring limited configuration.
- Re-deploy – D:PLOY can respond to changes in production requirement, allowing for redeployment based on updated parameters.
We spoke with Kristian Hulgard of OnRobot at IMTS about D:PLOY and its implications: