OMRON Corporation has introduced new offline teaching functions in its “Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation”.
This is a simulation software for “Robotics Integrated Controller” which integrates and controls robots and control devices like vision, servo and safety that makeup production equipment.
In addition to a shortage of skilled engineers, manufacturing sites face the challenge of increasing the number and complexity of inspection items before shipment, which requires a lot of time.
However, while automation at manufacturing sites is advancing, the automation of the inspection of complex products has been slow to progress because it often relies on the experience and visual inspection of skilled technicians. In addition, the equipment development system that relies on skilled engineers requires improvement because of the man-hours required to adjust the actual equipment.
The new expanded functionality in the Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation enables virtual teaching of the motion of a camera-mounted arm robot for product inspection. For example, the teaching of an automotive part with 20 to 30 inspection points can be completed in about one hour on a desk using the new function, whereas the conventional preparation work with the actual product or actual machine would have needed one day.
In addition, virtual teaching enables remote pre-preparation on a laptop, even if the operator is forced to work remotely due to the Covid-19, so that on-site work is limited to fine-tuning, thereby reducing the workload of workers at manufacturing sites that are suffering from labor shortages.
With CAD data, the inspection target can be virtually converted to 3D and taught while the product is still in the design phase. It also shortens the time required to start up the production of new products.
OMRON strives to promote DX of diversified and complex manufacturing sites through the “Robotics Integrated Controller” and “Sysmac Studio 3D simulation” to address customers’ challenges.
Features of this additional functionality
Three new functions using 3D simulation to shorten on-site work:
１． The virtual shooting function allows the user to check the shooting status offline to determine if the camera position and angle of view are correct.
２． The robot hand position and camera focus position can be precisely specified by the snap function (position teaching) to the object. The coordinates of the camera, robot and inspection workpiece are automatically calculated to can teach the robot’s moving position.
３． The Robot Path Planning function automatically generates paths to avoid obstacles while the robot hand or workpiece is being held, making robot teaching work faster and easier.
Features of the Robotics Integrated Controller
The industry’s first “Robotics Integrated Controller” seamlessly integrates the control of robots and control devices with peripheral equipment. The “integration of control,” which highly automates complex tasks that could only be performed by humans, and the “integration of the construction process,” which streamlines everything from system construction to maintenance through accurate real and virtual simulation technology, provide innovative applications that incorporate robots.
With a strong focus on developing and improving products and services to meet the needs of our customers, OMRON, with the wealth of application knowledge and technology it has cultivated over the years, will realize applications for inspection and alignment that do not stop moving and also highly automated applications for craftsmanship with its “various control equipment groups” necessary for manufacturing.