Communication interface in a physical simulator for robotic palletization Article

Ram, B, Chen, CS, Sarin, S et al. (1990). Communication interface in a physical simulator for robotic palletization . COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, 19(1-4), 200-204. 10.1016/0360-8352(90)90105-U

cited authors

  • Ram, B; Chen, CS; Sarin, S; Chandra, M


  • This paper addresses the issues relating to the communication channels in a physical simulator for flexible automation of a palletization task. The simulator used in our work involves an IBM-7545 robot, a personal computer and an Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The communications relating to the Robot/PC interface and the PLC/PC interface are discussed. The palletization station design requires that decisions on pallet pattern are made dynamically by a program running on the personal computer. The Robot/PC communication interface is necessary to transmit these decisions to the robot controller for execution. This communication is to be achieved using BASIC language and AML 4.1 as the software platforms. The PLC has the task of controlling the transport of the boxes coming to the palletization station. The program for deciding the pallet pattern, running on the personal computer, needs real-time information on the counts of boxes of different sizes that are arriving for palletization. The PLC/PC interface serves to provide this information. © 1990.

publication date

  • January 1, 1990

published in

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 200

end page

  • 204


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