IMTS 2006: Off-line robot simulation software


Discrete control/machine control/robotics

Roboguide from Fanuc Robotics America Inc. helps engineers develop and test a complete robotic application in a simulation environment without needing to develop a prototype work cell.

Chicago, IL and Rochester Hills, MI— Roboguide technology for off-line robot simulation software from Fanuc Robotics America Inc . includes Fanuc Robotics' virtual robot controller and full-featured robot programming. Product gives engineers the tools they need to develop and test a complete robotic application in a simulation environment without developing a prototype work cell. System was featured last week at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.

Latest features include CAD-to-path programming that lets users create robot paths from CAD data. Process requirements are defined on the CAD model and Roboguide automatically generates the robot program. Engineers can import CAD models of parts; create a work cell including machines, part transfer devices, and obstacles; and teach robot paths to simulate the operation and performance of a robotic application. Reach verification, collision detection, accurate cycle time estimates, and other visual system operations are simulated in the software's graphical virtual environment.

Process-specific plug-ins are offered to provide simulation for general-purpose material handling applications, arc welding, painting, palletizing, motion optimization, and Karel/teach pendant programming. A variety of other features are provided, including a process navigator to guide the user through the steps needed to set up and simulate a cell; library access to any Fanuc robot for system layout and simulation; access to built-in CAD models; and a robot reach check that provides a 3-D view of the robot work envelope to help lay out parts and components within the work cell.

Search IMTS atop for related coverage.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Intelligent, efficient PLC programming: Cost-saving programming languages are available now; Automation system upgrades; Help from the cloud; Improving flow control; System integration tips
Smarter machines require smarter systems; Fixing PID, part 3; Process safety; Hardware and software integration; Legalities: Integrated lean project delivery
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
PLCs, robots, and the quest for a single controller; how OEE is key to automation solutions.
This article collection contains several articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again