FollowNode – Place Part on moving item

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    this are my first tries to program robots in VC. I have the issue that i need to pick up a moving part and place it on another moving part. To pick up the moving part is no problem, therefor i use the jointMoveToComponent method. But so far i have not find a satisfying solution to place it on another moving part, for example a carrier.


    In my Layout i have two conveyor. Each one has a feeder. A robot is placed between both conveyor. First the robot grip one cylinder from conveyor#1. Then he turns around and should place the grabbed cylinder on another moving cylinder.

    if i use the jointMoveToComponent-method the robot use the actual place of the target-cylinder and don’t calculate the Position after moving.

    So my idea was to use the follownode-method. First i would move near the second cylinder, then i would to follow the node and at least to place the first cylinder on the second.

    It doesnt work…. moreover i receive always an error-message. Can anyone help me ?



    from vcScript import *
    from vcHelpers.Robot2 import *


    def OnRun():
    while sim.IsRunning == True:

    if app.findComponent(“Conveyor”).findBehaviour(“Path__HIDE__”).ComponentCount !=0:
    BOX = app.findComponent(“Conveyor”).findBehaviour(“Path__HIDE__”).Components[0]

    Robo.jointMoveToComponent(app.findComponent(“Conveyor #2”).findBehaviour(“Path__HIDE__”).Components[0].findNode(“Cylinder”))
    Robo.followNode(app.findComponent(“Conveyor #2”).findBehaviour(“Path__HIDE__”).Components[0].findNode(“Cylinder”),20.0)“Conveyor #2”).findBehaviour(“Path__HIDE__”).Components[0])




    app = getApplication()
    comp = getComponent()
    sim = getSimulation()

    Robo = getRobot(app.findComponent(“GenericRobot #2”))

    PlacePlace = app.findComponent(“Ablageplatz”)



    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “IRB6400_24::PythonScript”, line 26, in OnRun
    File “C:\Program Files\Visual Components\Visual Components Professional 4.0\Python\Commands\vcHelpers\”, line 408, in followNode
    NameError: Attribut oder Methode ‘deleteSubRoutine’ nicht gefunden.



    If you are using  vcHelpers.Robot2 you can use the method  linearMoveToMtx_ExternalBase(Basenode, ToMtx) to move the robot to a moving node/component.

    Basenode… the component that is moving

    ToMtx… the target position based on the Basenode origin

    The linearMoveToMtx_ExternalBase() method refers to the active tool. So you have to care about a realive rotation of ToMtx of 180° around X or Y..

    Afterwards executing linearMoveToMtx_ExternalBase() you can use the method releaseComponent() to place the part.

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