Horizontal Interoperability through a ROS - CODESYS Bridge

Software for bridging the automation and robotics domains through an interprocess communication method between ROS and CODESYS.

There are frequent and multiple challenges of integrating industrial hardware from different vendors with robotics, due to proprietary protocols, communication interfaces and buses (vendor-lock). Currently, connectivity between robots and industrial hardware is often limited to communication through fieldbuses, which is often a cumbersome task, due to development overheads and technological limitations. This developed method aims to tackle these constraints.

- A bidirectional communication method between ROS and CODESYS based on interprocess communication (IPC) where publisher-subscriber message pattern is employed.
- A direct communication method between automation equipment and robotic systems that facilitate the establishment of effective, bidirectional, reliable, and structured interoperability between robotic systems and PLCs.