Graphical User Interface Environment for Developing Workcell Control Programs
A forms-based development environment for writing manufacturing workcell programs is described. The environment is a Microsoft Windows application that allows a programmer to describe a sequence of operations and associated preconditions to control a workcell by filling in forms. The environment then generates code to be loaded into a controller. Currently, the environment generates a language called Cell Programming Language (CPL), which is a workcell programming language used at Miami University. The aim of the environment is to provide an easier-to-use environment for developing workcell control software.