Energid's Actin Robotic Control Toolkit

The complexity and cost of developing advanced robotic manipulator control and coordination software is so great that it has limited innovation, becoming a gating factor for the production of new classes of useful robotic applications. This comes at a time when C-level directives are calling for ever greater levels of automation, including robotic automation. Accordingly, tools and techniques that simplify and speed robot control programming are in high demand. One such toolset is Energid Technologies’ Actin, a feature rich software development and simulation toolkit that had its genesis in support of a NASA project.

Actin is unique technology that provides many advantages for the engineering, deployment and execution of advanced robotics control software, software that can be too complex or costly to be developed by other means. This includes wholly new classes of robotics applications.

This report will examine Energid’s Actin toolkit and simulation environment, both in terms of its functional capabilities, as well as the business benefits that result from utilizing the technology. The capabilities that make the Actin toolset distinct from other robotics development products will be described. So, too, will be a sampling of commercial and governmental projects, each in markedly different industries and having dissimilar functional requirements, where Actin was successfully employed. The suitability for other classes of other applications will also be examined.

  • 1. KEY FINDINGS
  • 2. INTRODUCTION
    • 2.1. Manipulation Complexity Limits Automation
  • 3. ENERGID TECHNOLOGIES
    • 3.1. Actin's Genesis
    • 3.2. Functional Expansion and Commercial Hardening
  • 4. ACTIN
    • 4.1. Task-based
    • 4.2. Visual Programming
    • 4.3. The Power of C++
    • 4.4. Simulation
    • 4.5. Model-based Development (3D CAD)
    • 4.6. Plug-ins
    • 4.7. Motion Control and Coordination
    • 4.8. Dynamic Programming
    • 4.9. Dynamic Collision Avoidance
    • 4.10. Platforms and Networking
  • 5. PROVEN TECHNOLOGY
    • 5.1. Citrus Harvesting (Multi-armed Robots)
    • 5.2. Oil Drilling (Multi-robot Systems)
    • 5.3. Surgical Systems (High Precision)
    • 5.4. Flexible Manufacturing (Hardware Agnostic)
    • 5.5. Satellite Maintenance and Repair (Distance Manipulation)
    • 5.6. Mobile Manipulation
  • 6. BUSINESS BENEFITS
  • 7. ADDRESSABLE MARKET
    • 7.1. Collaborative Robotics
  • 8. RECOMMENDATIONS
    • 8.1. Robotics OEMs
    • 8.2. For Service Providers
    • 8.3. For End Users

Tables

  1. Representative Energid Customer Base
  2. Example of Actin End-effector Constraints
  3. Example of Actin Kinematic Control Libraries

Charts

  1. Representative Energid Customer Base

Figures

  1. Actin's Visual Programming Interface
  2. The Actin Simulation Toolkit
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Research Information

Price
Starting at USD 4500
Publish Date
2Q 2015
Code
AN-1990
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
12