The complexity and cost of developing advanced robotic manipulator control and coordination software is so great that it has limited innovation, becoming a gating factor for the production of new classes of useful robotic applications. This comes at a time when C-level directives are calling for ever greater levels of automation, including robotic automation. Accordingly, tools and techniques that simplify and speed robot control programming are in high demand. One such toolset is Energid Technologies’ Actin, a feature rich software development and simulation toolkit that had its genesis in support of a NASA project.
Actin is unique technology that provides many advantages for the engineering, deployment and execution of advanced robotics control software, software that can be too complex or costly to be developed by other means. This includes wholly new classes of robotics applications.
This report will examine Energid’s Actin toolkit and simulation environment, both in terms of its functional capabilities, as well as the business benefits that result from utilizing the technology. The capabilities that make the Actin toolset distinct from other robotics development products will be described. So, too, will be a sampling of commercial and governmental projects, each in markedly different industries and having dissimilar functional requirements, where Actin was successfully employed. The suitability for other classes of other applications will also be examined.