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The Programming of Automation Systems with Virtual Reality
The operator can act in a virtual world and is no longer a passive observer. VR4CeSIM is a robotic work cell simulation with Virtual Reality technology extension. First industrial projects have been developed by the IPA with the goal to evaluate functionality, cycle times and layout requirements of robot working cells. Programming of an industrial robot or other manufacturing devices is no longer teaching with a mouse but intuitively generating control structures by assembling geometrical objects. The operator can define, test and change programs for process control of industrial robots and other technical devices or even complete working cells. The use of Virtual Reality technology provides several advantages to simulation and programming of process control systems. These are better immersibility, interactivity and dynamics. The operator gets the impression to be part of the simulation. Spatial perception and advanced interaction devices increase the certainty in planning andrealisat ion . Nevertheless, human intelligence will remain the most important factor for optimal development of workcells in the future. VR can help to make the understanding of technical contexts as easy as possible.