Robotic manufacturing processes, with their clear advantages of speed, cost reduction and accuracy, are being widely adopted for a broad range of production needs. But robot programmers frequently find it challenging to deliver material handling, arc welding, spot welding, painting, or drill and riveting programs that work with certainty on the first run.
Because robot programming is not part of the design phase, they are forced to implement fixes and workarounds on the shop floor. Costs escalate as production cycles expand and changes are made without knowledge of the shop floor impacts.
However, the DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Robot Programmer Role can deliver high-quality, collision-free programs in the native robot language with minimal intervention on the shop floor. In the virtual world, programmers and designers work in concert to create the most productive tooling operations and robot cycle times. Programming can move ahead independently without interrupting production, and robot programs perform predictably the first time. Costs of programming and production are significantly reduced, and products move to market more quickly.
Robot Programmer Benefits
Moving programming off the shop floor to a virtual environment immediately results in significant cost and productivity benefits:
- Programmers do not need to wait until the tools are built to create and validate programs.
- Production on the shop floor can move ahead uninterrupted while new programs are being authored and validated.
- Programs work safely and predictably. Designs have already been validated. Programmers have a working knowledge of tool operation. Collision damage and delays are greatly reduced. There is no penalty for crashing a robot in the preproduction virtual world, where fixes are easier and quicker.
- Offline programmers are freed from the necessity of making shop floor fixes. They can use their time to make workcells operational within the project timeline and deliver consistent production quality
Extensive libraries of robots and controllers
Robot Programmer integrates programming and visualization. Working from extensive libraries of robots and controllers, programmers position resources, program individual robots, debug robot motion trajectories, and orchestrate workcell sequences between robots and other resources.
Store and re-use their specific programming practices
Programmers can use templates to store and re-use their specific programming practices as corporate IP. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform lets multiple programmers work on different robots within the same workcell at the same time, reducing project people hours. They can collaborate with design engineers and other stakeholders at all stages of process development, leveraging integrated lifecycle and change management capabilities. The process becomes more flexible and moves more quickly. Robot programs are stored on the platform and sent to shop floor tools in the vendor-specific language.
Robot Programmer Highlights
Programmers use a context-based interface that simplifies engineering tasks and ensures that programs reflect the latest product design modifications. Multiple tools simplify tasks like tool selection, fastener assignment, clash analysis, reachability, collision avoidance and trajectory optimization. In terms of straightforward ROI calculation, the cost-saving benefits of Robot Programmer are multiple. They include:
- Faster time to market
- Better resource utilization
- Improved process validation
- Optimal workcell operation
- Validated robot cycle time
- Reduced capital investment
- Reduced shop floor fixes
- Better understanding of tool operation
- Production-ready robot programs
- Improved collaboration across disciplines
- Increased workcell throughput
Reduced programming lead time
Robot programmers can create, verify and validate programs in a virtual world that is separated from real-world production and download programs in native robot languages. They spend less time on the shop floor implementing fixes and workarounds while production waits. Production keeps rolling and time-to-market shrinks.
The end of shop floor surprises
Because Robot Programmer provides comprehensive simulations of the workcell process, programmers can visualize tasks and ensure that robots move from source to target on collision free trajectories. Design for Manufacturing (DFM) issues are identified early in the process, when fixes are simple and inexpensive and do not hold up production lines. Programs perform predictably the first time. Robot utilization is maximized. Faster collaborative handling of design changes
Load balancing and reduced cycle times
Programmers can simulate robots singly or in parallel to analyze reachability and task assignments. The workload can be equalized among robots to meet cycle time requirements. Fasteners can be analyzed for the most optimum assignment across multiple robots in a line.
Early studies and workcell configuration
Robot Programmer enables companies and integrators to conduct early DFM studies, eliminating upstream and downstream bottlenecks. Robots can be raised or moved in the virtual world to ensure that all locations are reachable. Vendor proposals for new production cells can be visualized for evaluation.
Faster response to requests for quotation
Cross-discipline collaboration on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables the concurrent validation of tooling and process plans—which means that companies can respond faster and more accurately to RFQs.
3DEXPERIENCE Role FAQs
DELMIA 3DEXERIENCE Advantage
Connect with other 3DEXERIENCE roles and take advantage of the virtual twin for the entire enterprise
DELMIA 3DEXPERIENCE Operations vision that enables a common understanding for all stakeholders.
This solution provides a holistic, model-based, and data-driven digital backbone that breaks down the silos between diverse functional users from engineering, operations, and supply chain.
Combine Virtual and Real worlds
Virtual Twin Experience on the cloud is an executable virtual model of a physical system which brings in learning and experiences taken from the real world processes to update the digital twin model.
Achieving this closed-loop capability is the full realization of benefits to be gained from the convergence of the Virtual and Real Worlds
Manufacturing Line Design
Manufacturers of any size can adopt new processes and systems that reduce design incompatibilities between sales and engineering.
Using DELMIA 3D technology in a single platform, OEM line manufacturers can demonstrate the final product design and performance in an immersive experience that raises the customer’s level of satisfaction.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured environment for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.
Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.
Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.
Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.
Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.
Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.
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