[ros-users] ROS-Industrial Software Repository Announcement

Edwards, Shaun M. sedwards at swri.org
Tue Jan 10 22:15:49 UTC 2012

Dear ROS community:

We are proud to announce the ROS-Industrial software repository<http://code.google.com/p/swri-ros-pkg/>.

ROS-Industrial is a BSD-licensed ROS stack that contains libraries, tools and drivers for industrial hardware. The goals of ROS-Industrial are to:
*         Create a community supported by industrial robotics researchers and professionals
*         Provide a one-stop location for industry-related ROS applications
*         Develop robust and reliable software that meets the needs of industrial applications
*         Combine the relative strengths of ROS with existing industrial technologies (i.e. combining ROS high-level functionality with the low-level reliability and safety of industrial robot controllers).
*         Create standard interfaces to stimulate "hardware-agnostic" software development (using standardized ROS messages)
*         Provide an easy path to apply cutting-edge research in industrial applications, using a common ROS architecture
*         Provide simple, easy-to-use, well-documented APIs

ROS-Industrial is at pre-1.0-release level. It currently supports ROS control (arm navigation with collision free path planning) for the Motoman SIA10D and DX100 controller. The software works with actual hardware or a simulated robot in rviz.

Check out a video of our progress so far<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd76wAywZos>:

We'd like to invite others to use this software and contribute new applications and interfaces, particularly ROS drivers for different industrial robot platforms.

Special thanks to early contributors:

Southwest Research Institute(r)<http://www.swri.org/>
Yaskawa Motoman Robotics<http://www.motoman.com/>
Willow Garage<http://willowgarage.com>

Link: swri-ros-pkg<http://code.google.com/p/swri-ros-pkg/>

Shaun Edwards
Senior Research Engineer
Manufacturing System Department

Southwest Research Institute

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