Using the Catalog Browser Window

This procedure explains how to use the information presented by the Catalog Browser when viewing the robots of a given manufacturer.


To use the catalogs, you must have access to a library.  Possible sources of libraries include:
  • the Standard Robot Library product (which is an add-on to this product's configurations)
  • another custom-developed robot library
  • a device library.

You should have already run the Setting up the Catalog Browser procedure.

Click Open Catalog .
The Catalog Browser appears.  See the table below for an explanation for the meaning of each field.
The table below provides an explanation for the different buttons or fields in the image above.
Field Use 
The box labeled Current: displays the manufacturer name of the robots currently listed. 

To view a different catalog set, click on the arrow to the right of the text box. The paths of any other catalogs you have set will drop down, allowing for the selection of different catalog.

This option determines the appearance of  list of robots associated with the manufacturer.  You can see this information displayed in three ways:
  • Small Icons
  • Big Icons
  • Details

The default is Small Icons, shown below.

The keywords used in robot library catalogs are representative of the characteristics of a device, and these keywords are used when searching for robots which support specific characteristics. The keywords defined for robot library appear in the table below.

This button allows you to search for catalogs.  See Setting Up the Catalog Browser
The filter box is used to enter expressions when searching for a particular robot, or a list of those robots which support the characteristics specified. The procedure for locating robots in a catalog is described in Using Filters to Locate  Robots. If you do not want to use the filtering syntax, you can click on the search icon (G).
The search icon enables you to call up a Filter dialog box to perform filtering.
The keywords and their meanings appear in the table below:
Keyword Meaning 
Name This parameter specifies the manufacturer and model number of the robot.
Model ID This parameter defines the model identification of a particular robot. The model ID is used in conjunction with the controller type to determine variation in motion planning and translator computations such as the ABB handpos. This parameter is displayed only for certain controller types.


This parameter defines the robot's application. "Generic" should be specified to use the default application. This parameter is used to determine what types of application specific data may be stored with a device.
Controller This parameter defines the robot's controller type. "Unknown" should be specified to use the default system controller type. This parameter is used to determine proper motion planning and controls the coordinates used to display the TCP position of the robot.
DOF An integer representing the degrees of freedom that the robot supports.