Surface-based applications are among the most demanding tasks in automotive and aerospace production. They serve a variety of processes, starting with body protection and surface preparation to the creation of the final appearance, which ultimately has a strong influence on the perception of the products. The technology must thus meet the highest standards of quality and efficiency.
The use of robots for spraying applications has already proven itself in practice. One of the main advantages is their ability to follow complex three-dimensional paths. Manual processes cannot guarantee this with the same precision and iteration.
Thanks to new surface-based functionalities, FASTSUITE Edition 2 enables manufacturers to create, simulate and analyze spray applications and refine spray patterns, surface coverage, spray cone expansion and application speeds. All this is done regardless of the robot brand or model - and before the real robot system even exists.
Versatile visualization tools such as surface coating time color mapping and spray cone display, which are integrated in FASTSUITE Edition 2, allow visualization of spray coverage during the offline programming and optimization phase.
With FASTSUITE Edition 2, manufacturers can overcome the limitations of online programming by using the CAD files of the part to achieve accurate path planning on complex 3D surfaces. Process simulation enables the optimization of robot trajectories to dose the correct amount of sprayed material and achieve uniform deposition along the surface, ensuring coverage and eliminating waste.
Simulation plays a key role during the whole project implementation process. Powerful simulation tools are therefore an integral part of FASTSUITE Edition 2, allowing cell layouts and tooling designs to be validated for accessibility during the design phase, and cycle (time) estimates to be generated even for complex multi-robot cells. The use of special tools to analyze the overall process result helps to avoid programming errors and to validate programs before they are downloaded to a real cell. The simulation results of the created painting and surface treatment programs can be exported in 3D PDF format for fast and effective communication.