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Robotiq Offers Free Preprogrammed Robot Templates

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Robotic (Quebec City, Canada), Free the maker of robot stop-offers and different add-ons, now gives new software templates for download from its online aid middle to help collaborative robots beginners save time programming their robotic. The templates are said to simplify the automatic’s programming so it could be positioned to mission faster.

“Even the most effective robotic on the earth needs to be programmed,” says Robotic Integration train David Gariépy. “We preprogrammed the maximum currently-used functions to provide a consumer-friendly answer that allows many humans at the same time. The primary coding is already finished, so new operators have something first of all.”

The application templates facilitate implementing of many not unusual programs the usage of Robotics and Universal Robots merchandise. Every bundle consists of an application document containing the template for a specific application, a step-by-step procedure describing how to use the utility itself, and an illustration video. The templates enable automation employees starting with collaborative robots to hit the ground running with a prebuilt program structure. This is less difficult to evolve to their packages’ specific wishes. Four program templates are now to be had on Robotiq’s internet site, with a brand new software expected to pop out every week.

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Warning! Top 3 Problems With Project Schedule Templates

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As a project manager, there are many times that you have to draw up a schedule from scratch. Sometimes, you may be stuck on how to go about the program or not, but often you will be handed a plan and told to use this as a template. (Note: I use the template in his article for schedules from previous projects and standard departmental issued templates.)

This may seem like a great idea at first because a lot of the stuff is right there for you. All the tasks seem neatly laid out. You think to yourself: This is just what you needed. This will save a whole lot of time. But beware. Not everything is as easy as it seems.

Here are just a few reasons why you should not automatically take that schedule and run with it, tweaking here and there.

Problem #1: MS Project Does Some Funky Stuff
I don’t even think the people at Microsoft have figured out how delicate and intricate their software is. I can’t even count several times, I have slightly modified a task on my schedule, and something odd happens. And I mean weird. So strange that a few times, I was going in circles so much, I just deleted the task and added it back so that it all worked again.

Now take someone’s old schedule and start modifying it for your use, and you lose a lot of control as to the amount of funky stuff that can happen. This may be a risk you can live with on a small schedule, but I’d instead not take that risk on a large project.

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Problem #2: Try to Follow That Predecessor-Successor
Predecessors can be so tricky in a schedule unfamiliar to you that you may think you just followed that rabbit down the rabbit hole. Change one duration, and the whole program may go out of whack. You can attempt to follow those predecessors to find what just happened, but then that was just for one change. If you have to add more tasks to the template, you are quite at a loss without breaking some relationships. This is a task that can become frustrating, especially if you are well into your project.

Problem #3: Try to Make Sense of the Template
Then many other problems can get you into trouble when trying to make heads or tails of a previous Project file. These can include such things as Deadlines, Resources, Task Types, Date Constraints, etc. A whole slew of MS Project “features” can truly drive you crazy trying to figure out why the schedule doesn’t seem right. You can go individually and clean these all up depending on the size of the project file, but you have to look for each item first, which will take a lot of work.

So, What to Do

Okay, now I am not saying that templates are not worthwhile, but you have to be careful about using them. A template should be a guide. Look at it as: here are some items that I should consider in my project. A good template covers a completely blown project. Your project may be smaller, so you don’t need all those elements.

And there is also a converse. It is a good idea that if you have a project with more complexity or other items than the template shows, you should add those to the “template” for future reference.

A template also does not bypass the steps for creating a project schedule. You should always have a Work Breakdown Structure and a Resource Breakdown Structure, and you should still develop a program on your own. However, the template provides some backup help and also should assist in developing a proper WBS. So, word of advice, be careful and try to avoid reusing old Project files. Even creating a “standard” template to be reused can get very difficult to manage. But, have a template!

Tony Agent is the Principal Consultant and Project Management Trainer at Salvantra Associates. Salvant Associates is a project management and project planning consulting company located in Washington,