What’s the best way to maximize return on investment (ROI) for your robot system? Investing in Robotic simulation and offline programming softwares like OCTOPUZ. These softwares are powerful tools for saving end-users and integrators time and money.
Offline programming and simulation software runs on a PC which does not interfere with production as the program for the robot is written outside the process on the external PC. The elimination of waste in production downtimes means that offline programming (OLP) supports lean manufacturing and allows the robotization of short and long-run production.
Quick Facts About the Return on Investment (ROI) from Offline Programming Software:
- Risk reduction
- Quicker start-up
- Shorter change-over
- Increased productivity
- Safer work environments
- Less downtime and less re-teaching due to better path quality
- Constant and repeatable production quality, less dependency on the operator’s daily mood
- Ability to simulate your program helps avoid clashes and extensive repairs
- Enabling the ability to tackle more complex processes and cells
- Analysis on cycle time before it ever happens
- Quality control
- Less training costs
- Engineering tool that will help you find bottle necks on production lines in complicated systems
- Simulation is a good sales tool for potential customers
Offline programming provides the tools to increase the profitability of your robot system by letting you perform tasks like training, programming, and optimization without disturbing production. Time for adoption of new programs can be cut from weeks to a single day, enabling the robotization of short-run production.
“We have paid for the software and training in the first six months of usage from the time we have saved in programming and gained productivity.” Darren Wernli, Estimator at Control Panels USA.
With more complicated reachabilities, multiple robots, or dynamic workpiece positioners being difficult to teach, online programming becomes more tedious and time consuming. Programming those kinds of robot cells also often takes long iterations and many dry runs to end up with good process quality. With an offline programming simulation software, you can manage complex geometries, coordinated robot motions and ensure process quality faster.
“Investing in OCTOPUZ was a great decision. Not only do the time savings well outweigh the investment, but it also makes the job of a programmer so much easier. When you buy a product that saves time and makes the job for an employee easier, it doesn’t make sense not to invest in it.” – Ryan Mansfield, Robotic Welder Programmer/Operator at Dimic Steel Tech.
Offline programming software speeds up the installation by making it possible to create and test the robot programs as well as train personnel before the system is up and running. Within the software, singularities, joint limits, and other conflicts can easily be detected before they cause costly damage to robots on the floor. Automation scenarios and production changeovers can be designed, optimized and verified off-line without interrupting production. This means that the workplace is overall more safe.
Reduced training costs and less time invested in each setup also allows the user to run programs more efficiently. This allows businesses to invest in more talent and expand their employee base in terms of skills and education by hiring more higher skilled employees.
In robotic welding situations, profitability used to be based on a high volume of parts with a highly repetitive welding task. Offline programming allows a higher mix of jobs with ease of transition from one job to the next, and improves a company’s competitive position. Programs generated offline are more flexible than jog and teach method, allowing more flexibility in your programs. Offline programming can be particularly helpful for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), as robots are more likely to be reconfigured multiple times than they are in mass production environments.
“After less than a year working with OCTOPUZ we can have a perfect robot trimming path complete in an hour, including a nice warm cup of coffee and not a cold shop floor. Previously if we had to make a change to a pattern the robotic re-learning took half a day. With the software a change can be made as quickly as you can use the computer allowing for a very quick revision. ” – Roger Kinzel, Focus Auto Design Inc.
Investing in offline programming software helps reduce the life-cycle cost of a robot system in that it reduces the risk during planning stages by allowing the system to be evaluated before it is built. It is an engineering tool that will help discover bottle necks on production lines in complicated systems and help fix them before they become actual problems on the floor.
“Without OCTOPUZ our trimming operations would take too many resources to complete making the products cost more. We honestly spent more money internally trying to figure things out without the software than the cost of OCTOPUZ. It has more than paid for itself and we are incredibly satisfied. Not only do we save time and money with the software but we are able to pass the savings along to our customers. Producing a better part at a lower price!” – Roger Kinzel, Focus Auto Design Inc.
OCTOPUZ is an intelligent offline robotic programming and simulation software ideal for any sized company. It offers the ability to program, simulate and generate code for multiple robots, simultaneously, with support for most robot brands in any configuration. OCTOPUZ is fully customizable to our customer’s needs, and our extensive support will provide assistance before, during, and after the sale.