All of the comprehensive simulation options available in the B&R system are available for the robotics as well. All of a machine's software and hardware – robotics included – can be represented in the form of a full digital twin and simulated at whatever scope or depth is needed. Not only does that accelerate development and commissioning, it continues to provide benefits throughout maintenance and ongoing operation.
Before ever setting up an actual robot, developers can check their design's performance on key metrics like picks per minute. Since all the characteristics of the robots are stored in the system, the physical limits of motors and gearboxes are taken into account. All the programmer needs to do is specify the payload and press the button to start the simulation.
Working with a digital twin of the machine and its robots is easy, thanks to B&R Scene Viewer. Isolated movements or simple processes are displayed in graphical form and can be viewed from any angle.
For in-depth simulation of more complex processes, B&R's open development environment offers numerous options – including a bi-directional interface for the industrialPhysics simulation software. There, users can operate an entire virtual production line in 3D – including the precise timing and positioning of interaction between robots and other machine components. Potential problems, such as collisions between robots and products, can be identified and avoided, and operators can make targeted adjustments to correct any faults or imprecisions. A digital twin dramatically accelerates the process of developing and optimizing a machine design.
- Robots simulated along with rest of machine
- Accelerated development
- Tuning and optimization on a digital twin