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Epson Robots leads the industry in PC based controls with our now 3rd generation Open Architecture PC Based RC620+ Controller. Building an open architecture controller requires a solid connection to 3rd party development tools and our Epson VB Guide product has been doing this for over 10+ years now. VB Guide has transformed from a DDE to OCX to Active X to .NET connnectivity tool set allowing EPSON Robot users to program their systems using 3rd party languages and environments from Microsoft Visual Studio to National Instruments LabView. With a fully integrated .NET library Epson users have access to the thousands of 3rd party tools supported through these enviroments. Thus allowing customers to find the right tool for the job quickly and easily.
One of the powerful features of VB Guide/RC+ 7.0 API is full integration with EPSON Vision Guide. Adding vision to your VB Guide/RC+ 7.0 API based application is easily done in minutes vs. the hours it would normally take using other methods.Powerful User Built GUIs
Many of our customers use VB Guide/RC+ 7.0 API and the .NET libararies to build their own GUI for their application. The platform of choice is Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Basic, Visual C/C++ and Visual C#. With thousands of tools available within the Microsoft Visual Studio framework, chances are you can find the tools to help reduce your overall development time vs. having to develop them yourself thus allowing you to focus on the robot application at hand vs. spending all your time building new developent tools.
Another common platform that is becoming more popular is National Instruments LabView. This environment is more common for the Lab Automation market and many tools are supported from LabView to connect to various Lab Automation equipment vendors products. For RC+ 5.0 and 6.0 based applications, VB Guide supports connectivity through .NET to LabView to help reduce overall development time for those users that prefer the LabView development environment for their applications. For RC+ 7.0 based applications, RC+ 7.0 API now supports Lab View at a higher level with VI instances available for a wide variety of robot commands.