Open Source

  1. Labeling FANUC Robot IO and Data Directly From Excel

    I remember when I first discovered that FANUC robots had the web-based Comment Tool. No longer would I have to endure the pain of trying to mash F1 five times just to get the letter “E”, only to accidentally get “F” due to an extra keypress. I just have to unlock KAREL, head to the robot webpage and start commenting away. Better, but still not great. Most of us use Excel spreadsheets to keep track of our robot data, so we still have to manually copy things over from the spreadsheet to the robot.
  2. Hash Table Implementation for FANUC KAREL

    I was working on a KAREL project the other day where I really wanted to use an associative array to store some key => value pairs. While a STRUCT would be appropriate if my keys were known ahead of time, there’s no data type for mapping unknown keys to values… …so I built a hash table implementation that you can use in your own KAREL programs. The source is available here: https://github.
  3. TP+ is Open Source

    This post is about 6 weeks overdue, but the full TP+ source code is now available on GitHub. I’ve already accepted some improvements from Group Six Technologies Inc, and I’m happy to accept more. TP+ should still likely be considered beta software, but feel free to play around with it in the comfort of your own console (instead of the demo site). Please give it a try and let me know what you think!
  4. Introducing KUnit: a simple unit testing framework for FANUC's KAREL programming language

    I’m happy to share a real open source project that I’ve been working on: KUnit. The source code is available on GitHub: Coming from a Ruby background where automated unit testing is common-practice, it’s frustrating to come work on a robot where tools for automated testing don’t exist. No matter how careful I am when making changes to my code, I always feel a little bit exposed without a comprehensive set of unit tests making sure I didn’t break something.
  5. TP Syntax Highlighting with Pygments

    You have noticed that the snippets of TP code in my previous posts now have pretty colors. I created a custom fork of GitHub’s pygments.rb that adds a lexer for FANUC TP. I’m going to maintain and improve this custom fork for a while until the lexer is a bit more complete, then I will see about submitting the patch to the official Pygments project. Here’s an example: /PROG EXAMPLE /ATTR OWNER = ASCBIN; COMMENT = "Example TP file"; PROG_SIZE = 2651; CREATE = DATE 14-01-02 TIME 10:12:44; MODIFIED = DATE 14-01-02 TIME 10:12:44; FILE_NAME = ; VERSION = 0; LINE_COUNT = 21; MEMORY_SIZE = 3195; PROTECT = READ_WRITE; TCD: STACK_SIZE = 0, TASK_PRIORITY = 50, TIME_SLICE = 0, BUSY_LAMP_OFF = 0, ABORT_REQUEST = 0, PAUSE_REQUEST = 0; DEFAULT_GROUP = 1,,,,; CONTROL_CODE = 00000000 00000000; /APPL LINE_TRACK; LINE_TRACK_SCHEDULE_NUMBER : 1; LINE_TRACK_BOUNDARY_NUMBER : 1; CONTINUE_TRACK_AT_PROG_END : TRUE; /MN 1: !
  6. FANUC TP Syntax Highlighting for Vim

    Vim is my favorite text editor. It may take an hour or two to get over the initial learning curve (and probably years to master it), but it’s worth it. The ability to cruise through your code and change it quickly without ever touching a mouse saves a ton of time, and there are plenty of good resources for learning it. You can grab my syntax highlighting file on GitHub. Pull requests appreciated.