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Hi,

I haven't been able to get through to Fanuc about this concern I have and I am wondering how a machine running ROS is typically connected to an industrial robot controller? I have an R-30ib with me and there are connections to a RS-323C port and a PCMCIA connection port as well. I'm not sure which adapter I should buy to initiate communication between my laptop and the controller. Initially I was looking for an ethernet connection but I couldn't find one on the panel, if anyone has ever had experience with using ROS on industrial robot arms could give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Devin


Originally posted by TheDude35 on ROS Answers with karma: 19 on 2015-09-17

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General comment: the ROS-Industrial 'branch' of ROS is where we focus on using ROS with industrial robots. You might want to get in touch with us on the ROS-Industrial mailing list.

Initially I was looking for an ethernet connection but I couldn't find one on the panel [..]

The fanuc_driver page lists the requirements on both the software and the hardware of your controller: you must have ethernet support, as well as options R632 (KAREL) and R648 (User Socket Messaging). Afaik, all R-30iB controllers come with ethernet networking installed, I'm not sure where the port(s) is (are) located inside the controller itself though.

As for the other options: please make sure you have them (they are not installed by default), otherwise the fanuc_driver package will not be compatible.


Edit: according to the R-30iB Controller Maintenance Manual (B-83195EN/03), Section 4.10.2.1 (Connection to Ethernet), the port is labelled CD38{A,B,C}. Pages 223 and 224 should show you where it is located.


Originally posted by gvdhoorn with karma: 86574 on 2015-09-17

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