How can robots and machines be programmed and operated more safely and efficiently? New production methods and efficient implementation with smart OLP software

The trend towards more strongly individualized products, increasing product variants with decreasing lot sizes, force manufacturers to increase automation and flexibility in their production plants.

Simulation and offline programming

At the same time, it is necessary to exceed current quality goals and to optimize resource utilization in the workshop. More than ever before, manufacturers are increasingly dependent on robot technology and automation systems in order to improve the efficiency and flexibility of production.

The tools of the digital factory - i.e. the planning, offline programming, simulation and optimization of production processes on the computer - are developing into mandatory requirements to develop and master new production methods, and thus to guarantee the efficiency of production.

Unlike traditional approaches to teaching robots - i.e. programming the movements in individual steps - offline programming offers a new approach: With the virtual representation of the complete plant, the cell layout can be simulated and optimized untested on the computer. Consequently, possible collisions or reachability issues can be recognized at an early stage.

In order to additionally trim the robot program in cycle times for improved efficiency, trajectories can be specifically optimized. This makes plants significantly more productive from the start. Shutdown or ramp-up times, arising due to manual programming tasks or elaborate introduction into the plant, for instance, are drastically reduced.

Pure programming solutions, however, offer only rudimentary CAD functions and merely move the manual teaching process to the PC. In addition, these solutions are often only optimized for a single robot manufacturer. Consequently, managing a fleet of robots from several manufacturers is difficult or requires multiple individual systems.

Simulation and offline programming

Efficient programming thanks to manufacturer-independent and technology-independent software

The following solutions, which can be fully integrated into high-quality CAD applications and are open for manufacturer-independent robot systems, offer the greatest potential. Only a close linkage of CAD data and robot technology enables geometry-based and thus efficient programming.

FASTSUITE Edition 2 offers a significantly wider and deeper integration of production processes and application technologies in comparison with many PLM or manufacturer systems; all this with a manufacturer-independent and cross-technological approach. After all, customers often use robots from multiple manufacturers or want to integrate robots and NC machines in equal measure. The applications may also require geometry integration which exceed the possibilities of these solutions.

The simulation is a central aspect of the programming in order to avoid collisions and to examine pivot angles, speed and acceleration. The analysis for quality confirmation before the implementation of the program is essential. In order to enable this, a new generation of software for the digital factory is needed. The new FASTSUITE Edition 2 was developed specifically to meet these requirements in a very efficient and goal-oriented manner.

Simulation and offline programming
Simulation and offline programming