A highly developed ready-made solution
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.
KUKA chose the Visual Components 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.