From FanucWorks to RoboGuide – Fanuc Simulation Software

Jan 4, 2014

Fanuc has created a wide range of software options to help production lines save time and money. This is seen with the FanucWorks program and the development of RoboGuide. These two software systems help production lines increase their efficiency.


Sim­u­la­tion soft­ware is prob­a­bly one of the biggest time sav­ing inno­va­tions ever devel­oped in the robot­ics indus­try. With sim­u­la­tion soft­ware, an engi­neer can plan a sys­tem with the client in a vir­tu­al space, which allows the design team to work out any bugs or kinks in the design plan pri­or to fab­ri­ca­tion. Fanuc intro­duced one ver­sion of sim­u­la­tion soft­ware, the Fanuc­Works pro­gram, in 2003, and then moved on to the more mod­ern RoboGu­ide in lat­er years.

Fanuc­Works was an inno­v­a­tive pro­gram when it was released a decade ago. This three-dimen­sion­al sim­u­la­tion tool was able to help design­ers cut down on devel­op­ment and pro­gram­ming times for their robot sys­tems, accord­ing to a 2003 Fanuc press release. The Fanuc­Works pro­gram was based on the Solid­Works CAD plat­form that came before it, and was able to move a robot vir­tu­al­ly along a path to find the best tra­jec­to­ry for an appli­ca­tion, which helped to cut cycle times, as well as check­ing for pos­si­ble col­li­sion issues with oth­er machin­ery that exist in the real space.

In 2006, Fanuc intro­duced a new offline sim­u­la­tion soft­ware that seemed to be an expan­sion of the Fanuc­Works pro­gram. That soft­ware was called RoboGu­ide, and it is still in use today. RoboGu­ide has the same advan­tages as Fanuc­Works, with a more up-to-date inter­face for users. Also, RoboGu­ide has sev­er­al dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions – Han­dling­PRO, Paint­PRO, Pal­let­PRO, and Weld­ing­PRO, to name a few. This was just anoth­er step in Fanuc’s jour­ney to build and design bet­ter robot sys­tems for their customers.

These two soft­ware sys­tems are most­ly uti­lized by robot­ic inte­gra­tors like Robots​.com. Robots​.com has been in busi­ness for more than 20 years, build­ing our cus­tomers the best robot­ic sys­tems for the low­est price avail­able. We use soft­ware like Fanuc­Works and RoboGu­ide to plan and design new and used sys­tems for our cus­tomers, a prac­tice that helps to build an even bet­ter sys­tem than was pos­si­ble over a decade ago. Our staff will work with you to design the per­fect sys­tem for your facil­i­ty using all the tools avail­able to us.

For more infor­ma­tion about automat­ing with a sys­tem from Robots​.com, con­tact us online or at 8777626881.

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