Prototyping Plant Control Software with Microsoft Robotics Studio

A. Hoffmann, F. Nafz, F. Ortmeier, A. Schierl, and W. Reif

The development of industrial robotics applications is a complex and often a very expensive task. One of the core problems is that a lot of implementation and adaptation effort can only be done after the robotic hardware has been installed. This paper shows how Microsoft Robotics Studio (MSRS) can facilitate the fast prototyping of novel industrial applications and thus lower the overall development costs. Microsoft Robotics Studio is a development tool for creating software for robotic applications. It includes an asynchronous, service-oriented runtime and a realistic physics-based simulation environment. This allows for testing and improving software prototypes before any hardware is installed. As an example control software for a vision of tomorrow‘s production automation systems has been implemented and evaluated in the simulation environment of MSRS.
published 2008 in: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on "Software Development and Integration in Robotics" (SDIR-III), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 2008, Pasadena, USA