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Visual Components OEM solution for KUKA

by KUKA , KUKA.Sim speeds up the sales process for KUKA Robots
Visual Components North America Group

KUKA, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial robots and systems, wanted to shorten the time from concept to production for its products and systems, in particular the generation of robot programs. When dealing with highly sophisticated production lines and multi-robot work cell installations one of the best ways to test and verify decisions is to simulate in a 3D environment and see these operations as realistically as possible in real-time.

A highly developed ready-made solution
KUKA chose the VC simulation and visualization software suite mainly because it provides a readily available and highly developed solution. The software also offers comprehensive functionality at a price far below that demanded by larger suppliers. In addition, KUKA exploited other important features of the software: the combination of material flow and robot simulation on a single platform, and reusable ‘plug-and-play’ equipment libraries to support the sales processes of business partners. These features provide partners with a powerful layout configuration tool to help them produce highly realistic, animated presentations and real-time production planning demonstrations for marketing and sales purposes. Further, end-users of the robot based production systems also benefit from the production model by conducting material flow studies for improved throughput.

Complete answer for the robot manufacturer
In general, no other solution but VC offered KUKA this overall flexibility, comparable value for money, or completeness. Applications such as discrete event simulation only addressed a small part of what the robot manufacturer wanted. Computer-aided design (CAD) systems could not provide process simulation. Some simulation and visualization capabilities were offered by large solution providers, but were too costly or lacked fundamental features. Above all, there was no need for KUKA to develop its own modeling software, which would otherwise have diverted much time and money into development. The company could ‘hit the ground running’ with a ready-made solution.

Stepping stone into new markets
For KUKA the versatility and openness of VC means it can be used to achieve an important next step. For many years the automotive industry has represented the main market for KUKA sales. Now the company wants to diversify into new, more general industrial market sectors. VC will help the company quickly adapt to these contrasting scenarios. “This is an interesting challenge for us: the whole logic of the business is totally different when you compare these two industry categories. In general industry the biggest dilemma lies in the heterogenic demands of all sorts of different manufacturing.

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