- September 10, 2018
- Energid Technologies
September 10, 2018 – Energid has released Actin 5, an update to its software development kit (SDK), which will be showcased at booth #121838 at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) September 10-15, 2018, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The Actin toolkit is a real-time adaptive motion control software, allowing robotic system developers to focus on the robot’s task rather than joint movement and paths. The Actin software responds in real time to sensory input and directs the robot on the most efficient path while avoiding collisions. The robot motion is updated dynamically without requiring reprogramming. Actin 5 adds to the software’s capabilities with a robot controller development framework that is configurable through XML for application on a range of platforms, including real-time operating systems. The framework’s modular design and XML configuration allows system developers to embed Actin’s kinematic control capabilities into existing robotic systems, or develop a completely new system from proof of concept through commercial deployment.
Actin 5 also adds an EcScript scripting language to make the toolkit faster to learn. EcScript lets developers, with no knowledge of advanced programming languages, create motion commands with just a few lines of code. Software developers can still use C++ for advanced features if desired, using the Actin 5 SDK’s documentation for C++ APIs. A human-machine interface (HMI) toolkit in Actin 5 allows developers to create touchscreen- or teach-pendant-friendly user interfaces (UIs). The HMI toolkit is built on Qt QML for multi-platform UI development and provides simple access to Actin features through QML properties. Rendering and visualization tools are also accessible from within QML to provide a user experience. Reference designs are available for commonly required UI features such as robot jogging controls, work-cell rendering and contextual overlays. The Actin SDK can be used with any type of industrial or collaborative robot or complex articulated mechanism in any type of application, including those in the industrial, medical, Oil & Gas, agricultural, and aerospace domains.