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Portable Teach Pendant aids robot programming and operation.

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February 8, 2013 - Featuring ergonomic housing and position of center of gravity that reduce operator fatigue, reisPAD allows operation and programming via 10.4 in. touch display with clearly arranged, large, soft-key buttons. On operating panel, there is only emergency-stop button and permission key for release of robot movements. Operation can be learned intuitively and is done via maximum of 2 operating menus. Control is further facilitated via scrollbars, rotary knobs, and trackballs on touch display.

Reis Robotics

1320 Holmes Rd., Elgin, IL, 60123, USA

Original Press Release

reisPAD - New Programming and Operating Technology

Press release date: February 7, 2013

Obernburg, Germany – REIS starts delivery of robot systems with its new reisPAD portable teach pendant.

The reisPAD of Reis Robotics sets new standards in programming and operation of robots. The operating and programming concept with the reisPAD is based on a 10.4" touch display with big soft-key buttons clearly arranged; additional hardware buttons are no longer required. On the operating panel, there is only the emergency-stop button and the permission key for release of the robot movements.

This innovative operating and programming concept is designed in such a way that the advantages of touchscreen interfaces are used without missing the haptic feeling when operating a button. Around the touch area are haptic marks at the casing so that the operator can activate the icons without looking. Special attention was paid to the fact that a big touch area is available for every button. Operation can be learned intuitively and is done via a maximum of two operating menus so that the user does not need to scroll through a variety of menus for selection of the desired function. All important operating functions are presented on the first menu level. Releasing a function, only a partial area of the display is used for the second operating menu, while the main functions remain presented on the display. The operator never loses the context and can jump back into the main menu very easily via a toggle function.

For the release of safety relevant functions, such as the start of the automatic operation, the operator uses an easily learned code swipe so that release of this function by error can be avoided. Due to safety requirements, the change of the operating mode can be effected with a key switch. The reisPAD is designed in a very elegant way that allows entering a PIN code authenticating the loop between operator and safety electronics in the robot control. This software solution, as a replacement for the key switch, conforms to the current safety regulations and was accepted by the certification bodies. For activation of robot movements in single-axis operation, there are scrollbars for definition of speeds or rotary knobs for position setting. In Cartesian operation, the user controls the positions or the orientation angles of the robot very easily with trackballs presented on the touch display.

The ergonomic housing and the favorable position of the center of gravity at the operating panel substantially reduce operator fatigue, even in cases of long programming phases.

Customers and users value the reisPAD as the best portable teach pendant available on the market. Among the first customers for this new technology are renowned companies from the automotive supply industry, machine manufacturers, and research companies in Germany and abroad. The reisPAD is not only used at Reis for the automation systems, but also by automation manufacturers from related sectors who get the innovative operating and programming technology based on the reisPAD from Reis Robotics and use it in their systems. The reisPAD concept is designed in such a way that other automation manufacturers can install their own user interface on the reisPAD and adapt it to the relevant application.

About Reis Robotics
Reis Robotics is an innovative company leading in robot technology and system integration.
The Reis Robotics group, with international activities, is headquartered in Obernburg, Germany and is a market leader for automation systems in the photovoltaic industry. For more than two decades, Reis has been one of the most important integrators for automation systems in all major industry sectors. In addition to articulated arm robots, the product range also includes linear robots, gantries, horizontal articulated arm robots, and other special robots. Additional products include Try-out and Spotting Presses as well as Trim Presses and Trim Tools.

REIS ROBOTICS designs, delivers, and installs completely integrated automation systems from one source. Since 1957, our success is based on the great experience gained during the planning and execution of turnkey automation systems. For this, Reis Robotics offers a broad product range of industrial robots (welding robots, casting robots, handling robots, laser robots, and many others), peripheral modules and services for automation solutions in all major application fields.

Further information:
Reis Robotics USA, Inc.
1320 Holmes Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 847-741-9500
cclark@reisrobotics.com

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