Monitoring Robots Remotely

Dec 3, 2013

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.


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. ABBs 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 Robots​.com, 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 8777626881.

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