roPOD: TCP/Robot Mastering Recovery System

The roPOD system offers an in-line robot calibration solution designed to quickly and automatically guarantee the performance of robotic equipment.   Adaptable to a wide variety of robotic applications and compatible with most robot types, the roPOD system can detect drift or sudden changes to the robot structure itself (including joint offsets) as well as its Tool Center Point (TCP), and then automatically correct for those changes without any operator intervention.  This means no "guessing" of what went wrong, no valuable time wasted re-teaching robot programs, and no loss of production quality!

  • Full Re-Calibration of a "Bent" Tool (TCP x,y,z and Orientation);
  • Fast Recovery after a Robot Crash or Motor Replacement (Joint Offset Re-Mastering);
  • Constant Automatic Monitoring of the Robot's Performance;
  • Small footprint;
  • All that, while Drastically Minimizing any Production Downtime!
The roPOD system - Dynalog's State-of-the-Art Calibration Technology
Dynalog is the world leader in robot cell calibration technology.  Its mainstream product - the DynaCal system - is used for off-line robot cell calibration, and has been accepted by many major robot manufacturers and end-users as the most accurate and technically advanced robot calibration process available.  The roPOD system incorporates some of the proven DynaCal calibration technology into an in-line, economically priced, fully automated system designed specifically for process monitoring and recovery purposes.
 
The roPOD system - How it works
The roPOD system comes in different forms, depending on the particular robot controller and its level of integration (contact Dynalog for more information). However, a typical installation consists of (1) the roPOD software, (2) a micro controller (optional), and (3) a rugged industrial sensor.  The roPOD system relies on simple and automatic measurements right at the tip of the tool (TCP): no special artifact or interface required! Between production cycles, the robot automatically executes - in a matter of seconds - a "Quick-Check" measurement routine to assess overall system performance and to detect any drift or crash of the robot or TCP.  Any changes to the robot structure or TCP can then be automatically corrected through the roPOD system's "Recovery Calibration".  Finally, before resuming production, the roPOD system will confirm the accuracy of the corrected robot and it's TCP, to ensure consistent quality and process control.
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