The reasons for the use of robot simulation may vary between different companies. The common factor is usually that they all want to get more out of their equipment investments and minimize errors later in the process.
By building a 3D model of a robot station and thus visualizing the intended station, many questions are answered. To what height should the robot be located? What type of positioners should be used? Which welding gun should be used? The ability to utilise simulations will improve communications and facilitate problem solving, simulation can provide moving images of the planned design solution and those who are designing the station can manipulate the 3D model to help make fact-based decisions based on visualisations which represent the installed station.
Another important factor for robot simulation is to avoid late changes to production equipment such as fixtures. This is achieved through product reviews, design inputs into the fixture or testing and verification of the fixture. A 3D model of the fixture is loaded into the assembly simulation and then it is possible to check the access for different operations e.g. welding. These tests will highlight any access problems and these can be corrected before the fixture is even manufactured. without simulation these issues might not be identified until the online programming phase and this could interrupt the robot station for longer than is necessary.
Online programming steals productive time from the robot. If the company has a robot station with high usage they would want to limit the interruptions for the programming of new products to the bare minimum. Offline programming of the product via robot simulation allows the robot station to continue to production during the programming phase. The robot program can even be created before the physical product or fixture is available! All this to reduce the stop-time in the station at the introduction of a new product or changes to an existing product that need to be processed.
Prodtex can support your robot project with offline programming, calibration and commissioning. Our staff have experience from work with robotics projects in automated module manufacturing of houses, heavy welding in shipbuilding, automation of drilling applications with high precision in the aerospace industry as well as numerous projects in arc welding. Our broad expertise in robotics will provide full support for the introduction of robotics into your production.