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A real platform for automation

Realtime Robotics has developed a simple, extensible platform for automation. The platform has interlocking features that, when combined, enable customers and system integrators to apply flexible robot control technology to vastly broader applications.

Realtime’s technology is a combination of proprietary software and hardware that enables real-time motion planning. Our core collision-free motion planning platform is versatile and continuously accommodates changes occurring in a workcell. This allows users to operate single or multiple robots safely at full speed in unstructured and uncaged environments.

The combined features in our platform empower robots to function seamlessly across many deployments with minimal programming and reprogramming during implementation.

RapidPlan includes:

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Enables collision-avoidance around known static objects and connected dynamic objects (such as other robots) while executing variable tasks in variable locations.

Retrofit your current application with our technology, which easily interfaces with your PLC or custom task planner and single or multiple robot controllers.

We provide an easy-to-use visualization toolkit to define regions where the robot will need to move. The toolkit generates a roadmap of potential motions to maneuver the robot, its end-effector, and payloads autonomously around known static and dynamic obstacles.

The RapidPlan controller accelerates motion planning using proprietary algorithms and advanced semiconductor technology that operates 1000x faster than conventional approaches running on high-end GPUs. A robot can change its current trajectory and choose a new path with virtually no time penalty due to the parallel manner in which motions are collision checked. Changes to the robot program can be implemented online and within minutes saving, programming costs and process downtime.

Works with your robot

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If workcell variations are causing downtime for your robot system, RapidSense can help get it moving again. When RapidSense is paired with RapidPlan, unmodeled obstacles can be avoided and goal-directed motions computed at runtime, allowing for process variation and environmental changes to be autonomously managed by the robot.

Using our simple calibration application, RapidSense is able to merge point cloud data from multiple depth cameras. Additionally, the RapidSense interface suggests optimal camera placements and notifies users when variance in calibration is detected. With a unified architecture for occlusion detection, RapidSense enables a robot to react accordingly when a portion of the workcell might not be visible.

When using RapidSense, users will have fully visualized high speed detection of dynamic obstacles. This enables robots to adapt to changes in their environment in real-time and complete their task.

RapidSense includes:

 

A real difference

Current technology

Current@4x
  • Extensive PLC Programming: PLCs must manage interference zones and keep track of where each robot is going and when it should get there.
  • Complicated Robot Programming: Weeks to months of programming teach points and robot motions through simulation, testing, and evaluation.
  • Non-flexible Solution: Small changes can have compounding effects resulting in redundant work efforts.

Realtime's technology

Realtime@4x
  • Simple Programming: The RTR toolkit allows users to easily create teach points, with collision free robot motions automatically created.
  • Easy Task Planning: The RTR Controller easily integrates with task planners using simple PLC Function Blocks or simple Robot Script commands.
  • Multi-Robot Support: A single RTR Controller can manage up to four robots working in the same space without any need for programming interference zones or interlocks.
  • Flexible Solution is Easy to Change: Because robot motions are automatically created, changes to applications can be made without affecting the existing workflows.

Real environments

Structured

Products

Applications

  • Spot welding
  • Assembly
  • Part transfer
  • Machine tending
  • Drilling/screwing
  • +More 
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If the environment is fixed a perception system for collision avoidance is not needed. Supported robots can manage process variation competently because motion planning through the environment and around other robots is performed autonomously. Simply specify an end state for the robot and RapidPlan will guide it through a safe route to get there, even in the presence of other robots in the same space.

RapidPlan allows users to change the environment at-will while not worrying about reprogramming the robot. Update your workcell structure in our toolkit and RapidPlan will seamlessly compute new motion plans for your robot. Realtime’s comprehensive motion planning technique accounts for static obstacles in the scene as well as defined motions of connected equipment such as other robots.

Unstructured

Products

Applications

  • All structured examples
  • Pick and place
  • Palletizing
  • Kitting
  • Inspection
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Creating a motion plan though a well-defined environment is not an easy task, so now imagine creating a motion plan while detecting objects on the fly.

The unique combination of RapidPlan and RapidSense can account for unknown obstacles by utilizing the speed of our processor. RapidSense maps the environment and adds any obstacles that are not predefined so that a motion plan can then be computed to avoid them. Our system runs fast enough to keep updating the environmental map and appropriate motion plan so that a robot can stay one step ahead of the changing environment.

Implementing the system is simple because it manages obstacle detection and motion planning for you. This saves the many engineering hours it would take to try and define all possible variations in the workcell. Our approach is to detect and react to variation with extraordinary speed in order to encompass all possible variations.

Fully Collaborative

Products

Applications

  • Safety Certification is in progress
  • The full capabilities of Industrial Robots working collaboratively with people in the workcell
  • All unstructured and structured examples
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We are in the process of creating a certified system that will enable deployment of robotic systems using our technology with people in the loop.

Currently, cobots can only interact with people if they move slowly enough to reduce the risk of serious injuries upon collision. However, we can unlock the productivity of robots working with people by having it plan around them in its workspace. This allows the use of industrial robots in collaborative settings for enhanced precision, speed and payload over traditional cobots. Furthermore, with an autonomous safety system you can reduce the footprint of work cells and increase your payload and tasks per hour.

The certified safety capabilities will roll-out as an upgrade to any products purchased as “Safety Certifiable.”

Supported accessories

Our technology works with a growing array of leading robots, end-of-arm-tools with valid CAD models, 3D point-cloud producing depth sensors, PLCs or custom task planners that communicate over ethernet-based protocols, and with various simulation packages. This means customers can utilize their existing partnerships and still integrate the Realtime Robotics solutions.

Some examples:

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