Getting the most out of your workcell with simulation

Jan 5, 2014

Simulating your production line with a workcell simulator will help to reflect the reality of the shop floor. Workcell simulations will create a detailed 3D layout of the workcell to help simulate what the actual layout and production line will look like. Technology will only continue to advance and make this simulator more advantageous than it already is.


Robot­ic sim­u­la­tion and off-line pro­gram­ming save time and mon­ey when design­ing a work­cell. The inte­gra­tor or end-user should take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ana­lyze how a work­cell will behave before he invests his valu­able time and mon­ey on equip­ment. Sim­u­la­tion and off-line pro­gram­ming per­mit the inte­gra­tor to ana­lyze mul­ti­ple sce­nar­ios of a work­cell before mis­takes in design­ing the cell can be made. 

Sim­u­la­tion can be used to fig­ure out which robot mod­el is best for the process, to ver­i­fy the robot’s reach and access, and to con­fig­ure the cell around the robot. Sim­u­la­tion actu­al­ly stream­lines and accel­er­ates the process, help­ing to deter­mine if a design con­cept will work for the flow of the product. 

Sim­u­la­tion tools also help inte­gra­tors cre­ate opti­mal pro­gram paths for the robot. Most robot man­u­fac­tur­ers like Fanuc, KUKA, ABB, and Motoman have their own sim­u­la­tion pack­ages that increase the capa­bil­i­ties of CAD-to-path programming.

Motoman uses sim­u­la­tion for reach stud­ies and cycle time analy­sis. Reach stud­ies attempt to deter­mine the posi­tion of graph­i­cal tools to decide where to place the part in respect to the robot. Sim­u­la­tion shows how many parts per hour the work­cell can cre­ate in cycle time analy­sis. The process can be fine-tuned by repo­si­tion­ing the robot, or using two robots to get the prop­er cycle time. The com­pa­ny wants to ensure that the robot­ic sys­tem will per­form the func­tions that the end-user needs. 

Sim­u­la­tion tru­ly reflects real­i­ty on the shop floor. A detailed 3D lay­out of a work­cell in the pro­gram will trans­late very well to what the actu­al lay­out will be. As cal­i­bra­tion tools con­tin­ue to grow, the dif­fer­ences between the vir­tu­al and real worlds will narrow.

We can help you choose and install the right robot and sim­u­la­tion soft­ware. Con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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