Monitoring Robots Remotely

It is important to closely monitor robots to ensure they stay up and running. Major robot manufacturers such as ABB, Fanuc, Motoman have remote software options available to help monitor the status of these robots. This software can help register an alarm and then alert a worker to evaluate the situation and continue operation as usual.

Monitoring Robots Remotely


Robots need to be kept in tip-top shape, since their work is critical to a company’s productivity. When a robot malfunctions, output can be seriously compromised. Even though human workers might monitor their robots closely, when malfunction strikes, it is usually too late: production will be halted. ABB’s Remote Service addresses this problem, and offers a solution. A malfunctioning robot is enabled to produce an alarm, which is then received by an ABB service engineer via wireless technology who can immediately respond with support.

Reactive service is no longer sufficient in today’s instantaneous gratification environment. With Remote Service, ABB can support their robots and customers in just minutes. This service was launched in 2007 and has helped avoid a majority of production stoppages.

A service box is connected to the robot’s control system that can read and transmit diagnostic information. This makes it possible to monitor and analyze the robot’s condition, proactively detecting the need for maintenance before a mishap occurs.

By monitoring key parameters over time, Remote Service can identify potential failures and notify both engineers and customers.

Fanuc offers Fanuc LIVE, a support system that monitors a robot in order to decrease downtime if something happens to the robot. Fanuc Remote Diagnostic allows the customer to report the fault, and with an internet connection, Fanuc service engineers can analyze and rectify the problem regardless of location. Fanuc Diagnostic Pro provides fast real-time connection to robots on the floor to provide troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities. This service has data monitoring that allows the robot’s performance to be checked, and over time, trends can be detected that may require investigation.

KUKA Remote is a software package for remote maintenance and remote control of one or more robots. It can be used to monitor and diagnose application and system data, install and distribute software and data, and carry out remote training courses.

MyMotoman by Motoman provides the ability to monitor a robotic system anytime, anywhere, on any device. Crucial alerts, current production information, and preventative maintenance trends can all be sent through a smartphone or PC. This information will allow the customer to keep their production running smoothly and efficiently.

At RobotWorx, we acknowledge that efficiency is key to success. Having the capability to monitor robots and their productivity can ensure the most efficient workspace. Contact us today for more information on integrating and monitoring your robotic systems; online or at 877-762-6881.