Background Realistic Robot Simulation (RRS)
The RRS-1 project was initiated by leading automotive companies in order to enable a precise simulation of robot motion behavior. As a solution, major robot and simulator manufacturers designed the Robot Controller Simulation (RCS) Interface during 1992 and 1993. This interface enables a standardized integration of motion software for robot controllers with simulators. Hence, the motion software of any robot manufacturer can be integrated into any simulation system. Today the RCS-Interface is the world-wide de-facto standard for precise simulation of robot motion behavior.
After the success of the RRS-1 project, the RRS-2 project was started with the following goals:
- to cover all controller software relevant for simulation and
- to support the over-all data flow during development and maintenance of manufacturing systems.
The resulting Virtual Robot Controller (VRC) Interface was developed during 1998 and 2001 by a consortium extended for line builders and measurement system manufacturers. The VRC-Interface is intended as a long-term replacement for the RCS-Interface.
The interface specifications are maintained by the RRS-Interface Maintenance Group that meets in regular intervals. At the meetings the specifications are continuously improved and adapted to latest developments, while related activities are coordinated.
Further projects for extending the developed technology to other areas are in preparation, e.g. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and process simulation.