Turning a 2D drawing into a 3D simulation model with Visual Components
The starting point when planning such a system is usually a 2D drawing that has been coordinated with the customer. The 2D drawing is imported into Visual Components to provide a reference point for the layout, and a 3D layout of the system is designed and configured using components from the component library. In designing this system, Güdel utilized the large library of components available in the Visual Components eCatalog; as well as the numerous components they created for their own user-defined library (Güdel Smart Components such as linear axes, portals and robots). Since the travel paths of the bridges are very dynamic in such projects, the simulation logic is mapped with Python. Güdel has developed its own Python library for this purpose, which is tailored to the “Sorting and Palletizing” division. Thanks to all of these libraries, the planning and design times for such systems can be significantly reduced.
Jonathan Camenzind from the “Software Technologies” department at Güdel AG, together with his colleagues, takes care of the software for complete systems, including the programming of material flow computers and warehouse management systems. For this project, the part of the system that fell within the area of responsibility of Güdel was completely mapped with Visual Components. In this way, the system could be designed virtually according to the specification, statistics could be collected and potential performance problems in the system could be discovered and eliminated at an early stage.
“I devote a large part of my working time to creating 3D simulations with Visual Components,” says Camenzind. “With the help of Visual Components, we created a detailed simulation for this project. This enabled us to precisely analyze cycle times, portal utilization and buffer utilization in various scenarios.”