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KUKA Jogging without SIB (Safety board interface) and X11

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

This blog/video primarily demonstrates the process of jogging a KUKA industrial arm without relying on the kuka standard safety interfaces (SIB+X11), instead we will utilize industrial communication buses. Specifically, we will showcase the use of Profinet with ProfiSafe for this purpose.

Moving a KUKA robot is generally straightforward using the SIB safety board and X11 interface. However, if you don't have access to this interface, there's no need to worry. There are alternative methods available, and I'll explain one of them.

Alternatively, a KUKA robot can also be controlled using EthernetIP with CIP or Ethercat with FSoE (Fail-safe over Ethercat)

In the video demonstration, we show how to move the robot using Profinet with ProfiSafe.

To summarize the process, you need to choose at least one security configuration, but only one can be chosen at a time. In the video tutorial, we will guide you through adding the Profinet bus and enabling ProfiSafe in the workvisual project. Once you've completed this step, you can transfer the project to the controller.

Now, you'll be able to move the robot bypassing the security signals using the start-up mode. To do this, change the user group to one with higher privileges, and then navigate to start-up > service > start-up mode. After clearing any existing errors, you'll have the ability to move the robot freely.

This approach provides a reliable solution for controlling the KUKA and jogging without SIB (Safety board interface) and X11.


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