Intera Insights turns the Sawyer robot screen into a customizable display of data, graphs, and key performance indicators (KPIs). It gives operators and production managers the ability to view valuable Sawyer production metrics in real-time right on the factory floor. The values and charts are created and can also be monitored in Intera Studio.
Any value, variable, or signal (except strings) in the robot’s Shared Data panel may be displayed, examples include:
- Part count and cycle time(s) statistics
- Measured tool forces (Fx, Fy, Fz, Rx, Ry, Rz)
- Translation and rotational speed
- Position (x, y, z)
- Signals and I/O
- Custom user variables
Note: Discrete pieces of data (values) can be transmitted via TCP/IP.
Robot Runtime Visuals
There are three Robot Runtime Visual options to select for the robot display screen while Sawyer runs a task. You can change the runtime visual on Intera Studio at anytime while the robot is running.
- Eyes: Intera will display Sawyer’s eyes
- Logo: Rethink Robotics logo will be displayed on the screen during the task
- Data: Display up to three (3) charts, a display variable, and a stats variable corresponding to the data set in Runtime Data
The Runtime Data section of the Intera Insights panel is used to configure which variables and charts are monitored on the robot display screen during runtime.
Runtime Data Display on the Robot Screen Overview
Any variable in the robots Shared Data can be monitored on the Insights robot display screen. There are two display types: display variable and stats variable.
- A display variable will print the current value to the head screen, typically used for an incremental value, like a part count.
- A stats variable will print the current value to the head screen, along with the minimum, maximum, and average values of the variable.
- Display up to three (3) charts.
- The data will be plotted on a graph versus the robot runtime. The current value, minimum value, maximum value, and average value are displayed.
- The charts must be created in the Charts List before they can be displayed.
Adding a Chart
To create a new chart, press the + Chart Item button.
- item to watch: select a specific variable from the drop-down menu to add to the chart. This can include any variable in the Shared Data panel.
- chart name: the chart name will default to the same as the name of the variable: otherwise; the user can create a custom name or rename it any valid string.
- watch mode: selects whether the variable will be added as a chart or as a value. To add a chart, leave this as chart.
- Select Add. A chart will be created and added to the Charts List. Data will begin plotting the variable versus the task run time, as well as the minimum, maximum, average (mean), and current values. Move the mouse cursor over the value to see a time stamp of when the value occurred.
- Press the pop-out button to expand the chart out to a larger panel within Studio.
- To delete the chart from the Charts List, select the trash can button .
The Values List is helpful to watch only the variables in the task that you are interested in (as opposed to opening and scrolling through the Shared Data panel). Up to nine (9) variables can be added to the list.
Adding a Value
To add a new value to the list, press the + Value button.
- item to watch: select a specific variable from the drop-down menu to add to the list. This can include any variable in the Shared Data panel.
- watch mode: This selects whether the variable will be added as a value or a chart. To add a value, leave this is value.
- Select Add.
- Set the value of a variable directly in the Values List. Click on the space below the current value and enter the new value. This is helpful for troubleshooting and testing variables.
- Press the ‘pop-out’ button to enter a larger view of the Values List.
- To delete a value from the list, move the cursor over the value and click on the trash can button .
Note: Values cannot be given custom names. To rename a variable, edit it in the Signals panel or the User Variables.
+ Item at the top of the Insights Panel is a quick, generic way to create either a new chart or a new value to watch. Select the type of watch mode and than select the variable.
Tracking Cycle Time
The cycle time of any given task can be monitored using the Intera Insights. The cycle time of any Loop, Sequence, Priority, Parallel, Do If, Loop If, Vision Inspector, Vision Locator, Contact Mode, or Pattern node can be tracked. To enable cycle time tracking on any of these nodes, enable the track cycle time in the node editor. This will create a variable that can be found in the current task’s shared data displayed as the node's name "cycleTime".
Viewing Stats On The Robot Display After Task Stops
Selecting Stats will display the last known data displayed on the head before the task stopped running. The stats will remain in the memory until the task is reset.