igus ReBeL robot arms and single ReBeL joints are controlled by the igus Robot Control software (iRC) and electronics. This article article lists useful information for setup, operation and troubleshooting.
This article is under construction and will be extended soon.
The user manual explains how set up the robot control software, how to configure the robot and it's interfaces as well as how to create robot programs. If you are doing the initial setup please also refer to the quick start guide that should be included with the robot.
igus Robot Control
The igus Robot Control software (iRC) is used to move, program and configure the robot. It works together with the embedded robot control software TinyCtrl that executes the robot programs and handles the motion so the robot can work without a connected PC.
You can download iRC and updates for the embedded control here:
Firmware Updates and Configuration
The software Module Control Closed Loop can be used to move and configure single axes of the robot. This is intended for troubleshooting and you should not need to use it unless issues occur. Module Control also includes updates for the firmware of the motor controllers.
ReBeL joints for custom applications
Single ReBeL joints can be bought for custom applications. Please read Rebel Joint for information on how to communicate with the motor control electronics.
Status light at the power switch
The ReBeL arm shows status information at its power switch.
|Motors are enabled
|Motors are not enabled OR
Robot control software is not running (it is starting, is stopped or crashed). Wait for a minute.
No communication to the power switch (the power switch LED acts like a special IO module, changing the IO module configuration can disable it. The easiest solution is restoring the factory configuration with an update). This may also occur due to an electronic defect.
|Error, try resetting it by enabling the motors. Connect iRC for more info, check the infocenter below the 3D view to see the status code of each axis.