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3-D Simulation Software for the Digital Factory

IT consulting and software firm CENIT will present the latest version of FASTSUITE Edition 2 3-D simulation software for the digital factory. The software, which has been used for offline programming of complex robot applications, has now been expanded to include functions for layout planning, PLC validation and virtual commissioning.

CENIT will demonstrate live the entire production process-from layout generation to commissioning-with full use of the concepts and possibilities of Industry 4.0 and the digital twin. Both the virtual model of the facility and the real facility are connected online with a FANUC robot control system and an SPS by Mitsubishi.

Layout generation derives from a manufacturing/assembly sequence planning system based on predefined simulation components that already exist as mechatronic models. If and when project-specific components are required, these can be added as "smart components" via a direct link to the extensive 3-D manufacturer's catalog of CADENAS PartSolutions and used immediately in simulation.

Technology Packages

The next step, offline programming, uses "technology packages" to apply state-of-the-art programming methods, e.g., semantic, vendor-independent robot programming. These mature technology packages not only support process-specific generation of robot toolpaths, they also automatically define process parameters and control commands. This provides consistently high programming quality, independently of the deployed robot type or the end-user's programming experience. At the booth, CENIT will demonstrate this process using a range of technologies including roller hemming, path welding, 3-D laser trimming and point welding.

PLC Validation

Since the entire layout is available as a mechatronic model of the production facility, the simulation environment can be used directly for programmable logic controller (PLC) validation and virtual commissioning. The virtual facility behaves in precisely the same way as the real-world hardware-represented at IMTS by a Mitsubishi PLC controller-including all I/O signals, sensor data, etc. Among other benefits, this permits use of the PLC control software for testing and optimization purposes during the early stages of a project, before the real facility even exists. This lets system integrators shorten project cycle times substantially and recognize and correct potential errors much earlier. Due to the integration of the virtual robot controller, the robot simulation can be done exactly as in reality and it can be done on the basis of a back-up of the real controller. This way the complex, expensive and not always available integration of RCS modules can be avoided.

Manufacturer-Independent Offline Programming

CENIT will show the degree of integration that can be achieved in path welding. Comprehensive welding strategies and methods are available parametrically, and the software supports adaptive processes (measurement of component position, seam tracking, etc.). A live demo of an integration with FANUC's RoboGuide will showcase the teamwork between the manufacturer's software and manufacturer-independent offline programming. The FANUC RoboGuide acts as a virtual controller, working with the 3-D programming and simulation software FASTSUITE Edition 2 in order to achieve an even more realistic simulation.

For more information contact:

CENIT North America, Inc.

691 N. Squirrel Rd., #275

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


IMTS 2018 Level 3, Booth E-133331

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