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FANUC - "Stop position prediction". Hello, can you tell me what this DCS option is used for? We have a supplier who uses this option on the robot in a fully cage scenario, no collaboration with any human. This option increases the footprint inside of the cell to allow the robot to run at full speed. We want this supplier to not use this option, but they feel it is needed for the safety and to prevent the robot from crashing through the fence in an abnormal situation. Any info on this feature would be greatly appreciated!

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Troy Denning - Design For Making
Design for Making
td [at] designformaking [dot] com

The stop position prediction helps so that if the robot path changes to go outside the parameters setup by the DCS then the robot will stop before it goes outside of the DCS zone. This is typically used to prevent the robot from going into unwanted areas ever. There is a lot of information about it in the manual. Feel free to call/email/text and i can show you the location in the manual. 208-589-4615. Thanks ,

Lee Burk - Manager, Training & Standards
Pilz Automation Safety L.P.
l [dot] burk [at] pilzusa.com
(734) 354-0272

The intent of this function is the replacement of mechanical limits to define the restricted space. Like mechanical stops this limits the robot motion to contain is within the confines of the enclosure. When used, the robot space required can only be reduced by reduction of the operating (programmed) space.

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