Updated: May 22, 2020
Creating virtual simulations of commercial robots to validate their use and help in tooling design has been part of the manufacturing community for decades. The recent coining of the term "Digital Twin" has caused manufacturers to re-evaluate how robot and other simulations are used in the manufacturing space.
As we move into the third decade of the millenium, we are integrating simulation into many more aspects of our manufacturing systems. For example, in the context of robotic welding cells, these simulations are being used for virtual commissioning of PLC programs, operator ergonomics, detailed modeling of cabling, offline programming of robots, cycle time analysis, virtual reality, and augmented reality. We are also seeing the modeling of integrated safety systems like DCS and collaborative robots becoming more commonplace.
We are striving to implement lower cost, more efficient, safer systems on shorter timelines everyday. In the coming weeks, we'll have a series of blog posts that dig into each of these topics in more detail. Please check out the video of a recent simulation below that shows a 20 robot system running in a single environment. A concurrent simulation of this size running seamlessly would not have been possible without the computers and software that have been introduced in the past few years. For more information, please contact us and let us know how we can help.