Tag Archives: ABB

Trigging signals on the move, ABB Robots

If you want to trigg signals on the move without having multitasking on your ABB robot, triggLIOs would help you. This signal would help you to set values to different types of signals (up to 50). One could set Digital Output / Analog Ouput / String Output or Group Output signals with help of this command. This commands also allows one the choice to trigger signals based on distance / time after the start or distance to the end of the movement.

ABB Robots Family

ABB Robots Family

See below examples from RAPID (ABB robots programming language) reference manual:

TriggLIOs [\Conc] ToPoint [\ID] Speed [\T] [\TriggData1] [\TriggData2] [\TriggData3] Zone [\Inpos] Tool [\WObj] [\Corr] [\TLoad]

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Notepad++ Plugin for ABB RAPID

If you cant think of programming without Notepad++ and you would like to write your ABB RAPID codes in Notepad++, then you are in the right page. Thanks to the chinese website whose link also follows (as source), I have found an XML file (plugin) that would add the ABB RAPID syntax highlighting to Notepad++. Download the XML file from the download link and follow the instruction with screenshots down here.

XML file download link.

View - User Defined Dialogue

View – User Defined Dialogue

User Defined Dialogue - Import - Select XML file

User Defined Dialogue – Import – Select XML file

Notepad++ with ABB RAPID highlighting

Notepad++ with ABB RAPID highlighting

Source : http://www.brucebot.com/2010/07/rapid-for-notepad/

Reading input from ABB flexpendant

On ABB robots, one have access to a syntax in RAPID programming language called TPRead. TPRead allows the programmer to read live values from the user (operator) while your code is being run.

TPReadNum reg1,”Text”;

Code Example:
PROC readJNumFromPendant()
TPReadNum reg1,”Enter Input Number?”;
readValue := reg1;
TPWrite “Read Value is: ” + ValToStr(testRead);


Stop [ \NoRegain ], ABB RAPID

MoveL point_1, v1000, z10, tool1;
TPWrite “Jog the robot to the position for pallet corner 1”;
Stop \NoRegain;
p1_read := CRobT();
MoveL point_2, v500, z50, tool1;

Program execution stops with the robot at point_1. The operator jogs the robot to p1_read. For the next program start, the robot does not regain to point_1, so the position p1_read can be stored in the program