In search of an easy to use 3D simulation solution
Wärtsilä, a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, was first introduced to Visual Components in 2008. Tero Kujamäki, Project Manager for Marine Solutions at Wärtsilä’s Delivery Centre Development (DCD), was working with the Seinäjoki University of Applied Science to create 3D simulations of an automated cylinder head assembly line with Visual Components software.
“We were planning a new cylinder head assembly line and wanted to create a simulation model of the process,” said Tero. “We used Visual Components to create a simulation video of the automated line and validate our calculations for capacity and phase time.”
As the strategic planning arm of Wärtsilä’s Delivery Centre Vaasa (DCV), the DCD is responsible for planning DCV production development activities over 5-10 year periods. They investigate new production technologies and plan major investments in new production centers.
Tero and his team had previously evaluated other manufacturing simulation software solutions, but found them too complex and resource intensive. For an organization that’s constantly exploring new production solutions, they needed a solution that could keep up with their fast pace; a tool that could quickly create and simulate production concepts, but also be used for more in-depth analysis.
“We were not just looking for a powerful tool to simulate robot activities,” said Tero, “But something that could simulate the entire production chain.”
“For this, Visual Components was the best tool.”
The experience with Seinäjoki University left Tero and his team convinced that Visual Components fit their needs. The simulation videos and layouts they created of the assembly line were very impactful (the investment recommendation was approved), and Wärtsilä began using Visual Components shortly after.