A new touchscreen robot controller is claimed to permit faster and simpler programming than previously available. The R7-Touch TeachBox from Wittmann Inc., Torrington, Conn., is said to improve text programming capabilities with the display of all functions and controls on an 8.5-in VGA full-color touchscreen. Easy-to-use graphical programming requires only eight steps to create pick-and-place routines. The controller is fully programmable by set-up technicians and operators, thus eliminating cost and delays associated with factory programming. The R7-Touch Teachbox allows for up to 4000 lines of programming for each of 12 concurrently operating sequences for control of an entire automation work cell that could include—for example—a degater, pad printer, bowl feeder, and box-filling conveyor. An unlimited number of teach programs can be stored on SmartMedia cards for instant set-up and product changeover.