Often, “generic” simulation software packages are used to determine how to get the most out of a robot-based automation solution. However, to truly benefit from simulation software, “robot-specific” packages should be used that align with their particular solution. This not only helps save money, it also frequently leads to more productivity. But what does robot simulation software actually do?
Robot simulation is a special form of simulation optimized for problem solving with the design and programming of robot systems. Robot simulation tools are ideal for the design of robot-based automation systems and offer decisive advantages over CAD systems for mechanical design, such as:
- Enabling higher quality designs
- Validating mechanical designs and control strategies
- Helping communicate concepts and designs to all stakeholders to enable Simultaneous Team Engineering
Intelligent simulation software enables you to quickly and easily optimize the production processes of your equipment and robots. It brings more flexibility, productivity and competitiveness to your operations and helps you harness the continually growing capabilities of powerful automation.
The Essential Simulation Capabilities of Robotic Simulation Software
To ensure you’re getting the most out of your simulation software, be sure that it includes:
The 3D, solid representation of the robot cell layout, tooling and robot reach is an indispensable tool for anticipating, communicating and solving design issues.
- Collision Detection
This refers to the ability of the simulation software to calculate where collisions will occur in the simulated process.
- Reachability Checks
This function checks the robot’s reach in a virtual environment.
- Path Creation
The creation of robot paths can be generated more quickly in the simulated environment, saving valuable time without damaging equipment or sacrificing safety during the set up.
- Process Helpers and Guidance
A good simulation software includes features designed to simplify the programming of complex processes for better usability.
- Accurate Motion and Cycle Time Estimation
The Realistic Robot Simulation (RRS) specification was created by simulation software vendors and robot manufacturers to provide a benchmark for simulation accuracy and counts.
- Representation of Other Equipment
Even simple applications require an end-effector of some sort, as well as other tools or machines that are part of the automation process. All of this needs to be simulated to ensure accuracy.
- Offline Programming
The software should offer the capability to transfer simulated paths to real-world robot programs.
Finally, the software should provide the ability to integrate custom software into the simulation environment to address specific problems that arise.
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