Comparison of KVP and RSI for Controlling KUKA Robots Over ROS
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In this work, an open-source ROS interface based on KUKAVARPROXY for control of KUKA robots is compared to the commercial closed-source Robot Sensor Interface available from KUKA. This comparison looks at the difference in how these two approaches communicate with the KUKA robot controller, the response time and tracking delay one can expect with the different interfaces, and the difference in use cases for the two interfaces. The investigations showed that the KR16 with KRC2 has a 50 ms response time, and RSI has a 120 ms tracking delay, with negligible delay caused by the ROS communication stack. The results highlight that the commercial inferface is more reliable for feedback control tasks, but the proposed interface gives read and write access to variables on the controller during execution, and can be used for simple motion and tooling control.