Technology Overview: Innova Holdings, Inc.
Principal Technology Products and Business Solutions
Innova Holdings Inc., through its subsidiary Robotic Workspace Technologies™ (RWT™), delivers its patented software through the sale of real-time motion-control systems and the licensing of its software to end-user companies, system integrators, manufacturing support providers, software development companies and others.
The intellectual property, including three “pioneer patents” issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and registered worldwide, and three other patents pending are owned by RWT, and cover all applications pertaining to the interface of a general-use computer and the mobility of robots, regardless of specific applications. The first patent, 6,442,451 was issued in 2002. The second patent, 6,675,070, was issued in 2004. Patent number 6,922,611, issued in 2005, reflects the company’s continuing R&D efforts in open-architecture PC control technology spearheaded by RWT.
The Company has two control systems, the Universal Robot Controller 3™ and the Universal Automation Controller™.
Universal Robot Controller 3
The Universal Robot Controller 3, or URC3, is the physical control or robot control that operates the robot. The Pentium™-based unit brings familiar Windows® technology to industrial robot control. Robotic Workspace Technologies designed the URC3 with an open architecture to assure that it can be continually upgraded with standard hardware and software components, keeping it cost-effectively "state-of-the-art" well into the 21st Century. The multitasking, Web-enabled URC3 features built-in communications capability and Ethernet connectivity to provide remote diagnostics and monitoring, data collection and distribution between work cells and enterprise systems. The system can also be used as a server for robot programs, parts files, and other data, while controlling a 6-axis robot, external manipulator axes and other integrated devices. The PC interfaces with optical encoders, resolvers, analog or digital drives, vision systems, and many other peripheral devices via the real-time motion-control system.
Another Robotic Workspace Technologies creation, RobotScript®, and other software directly control the connected systems of the robot and related input and output.
Universal Robot Controller systems are being used by Fortune 100 companies in the aerospace, automotive, defense, education, electronics, medical, nuclear, and R&D industries.
Universal Automation Controller
The Universal Automation Controller™ (UAC™), which is in the later stages of development, is a general-purpose motion-control system for automated machines with fewer than 6 axes of movement. The UAC provides the power of a full-featured open PC motion controller and programmable logic controller in one easy to use system. It provides direct motion control for complex machines and adds "soft PLC" (software control of input/output). The enhanced motion control capabilities provide greater functionality and full motion control of less sophisticated machinery as well. The UAC is powered by RWT's RobotScript® software.
The UAC provides standard communications and interface ports, providing maximum flexibility in choosing off-the-shelf user interface and communications components. The Company believes that the UAC shortens development time, reduces manufacturing time, and dramatically decreases the time to market of motion-based machines, and therefore will greatly improve productivity and reduce costs in all manufacturing environments.
Licensing of Proprietary Software Solutions - Middleware
RobotScript® is a universal programming language based on Microsoft's .NET Framework, and can be used in a variety of development languages including Microsoft Visual Basic® and Microsoft Visual C++®. It provides a natural robot language programming environment that is intuitive, simple to use and easy to learn. Robotic programmers can easily control robot motion, coordinate input and output for auxiliary equipment, and communicate with other PCs. Challenges common to proprietary control schemes, such as networking and file sharing, are eliminated. RobotScript can access anything on the operating system or network as well as use the Internet for remote monitoring and control of equipment.
RobotScript can also be easily used to create custom applications specific to customer needs. A software development kit (SDK) is provided to enable even novice developers to create a specialized interface quickly for a particular use in meeting a customer's needs.