ABB Robotics has extended the scope of its free Wizard Easy Programming software to include its 6-axis robots powered by an OmniCore controller in addition to its cobots, making ABB the first robot manufacturer to offer an easy-to-use, no-code programming tool for cobots and 6-axis robots, lowering barriers to automation for new customers.
“By extending Wizard Easy Programming to our 6-axis industrial robots, ABB Robotics is responding to the scarcity of skilled labor and rising manufacturer demand for simple and easy-to-use robot programming software for their robot fleets," says Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics.
Wizard Easy Programming uses a graphical, no-code, drag-and-drop programming approach designed to simplify the development of robot applications. The software helps users develop applications in minutes—a task that typically requires 1 week of training and another for development.
Since it was first released in 2020, Wizard Easy Programming has been widely adopted in various applications using ABB's cobot portfolio, comprising the YuMi, SWIFTITM, and GoFa cobot families.
The software helps operators with no prior training to develop robot applications such as arc welding or machine tending. It also increases operational flexibility, allowing users to modify existing programs and pre-programmed blocks that control various behaviors, ranging from robot movements to signal instructions and force control, through its intuitive graphical user interface.
Catering to novice and experienced users, Wizard Easy Programming comes with Skill Creator, a tool that helps system integrators and other expert users efficiently create customized, application-specific Wizard blocks for use with their customers.
Skill Creator can simplify the creation of highly specific tasks like machine tending and welding and intricate applications including medical inspections. Meanwhile, ecosystem partners developing accessories such as grippers, feeders, and cameras will gain access to a digital tool to share product-specific functionalities, regardless of the type of robot they will be deployed on.
Wizard Easy Programming comes preinstalled on all cobots and new 6-axis industrial robots powered by OmniCore, ABB’s robot controller family, which futureproofs deployments by offering built-in digital connectivity and 1,000+ scalable functions.