"Do. Or do not. There is no try." Yoda was wrong! When you work with OTC DAIHEN, you can try before you invest in one of our pre-engineered robotic welding cells. We offer a couple options that many of our clients find helpful when they want to examine our robotic welding options in order to ensure which is best for them or to drastically reduce changeover time on their welding production lines. Here's a quick look at how simulation and offline programming help you make a quick and successful transition to welding automation.
Simulation and Offline Programming ALLOW You to:
Keep Operations Rolling
Utilizing welding operation simulation helps ensure you don't run into issues once your production line is ready to roll. Simulation answers questions such as:
- Can your robot reach where it needs to for a new part?
- Will a new robot solve that problem or do you need to add part manipulators or robot transporters to the process?
- Are there going to be clearance issues with a particular welding position?
- Can you maintain optimal torch angle and attitude for the weld geometry desired?
- What other adjustments need to be made to ensure production stays on track?
Start Programming the Robot Before Delivery
When a pre-engineered welding cell is ordered, it can take about six to eight weeks from order to delivery. That's a lot of time spent waiting. Our offline programming software FD-ST allows you to start programming the robot prior to delivery. This makes it very easy to minimize down time after the robotic welder is installed in order to make the most from your automation investment.
Though you'll still make some tweaks, offline programming allows you to upload the program to the robot and go through it in teach mode. This means you can quickly get your production line back underway with a minimum amount of downtime.
Efficiently Program Changeover Without Stopping Production
Yet another area where our offline programming software makes a big difference is during changeover from existing production.
An engineer needs only to design a new part, write the welding program and then upload it into the welder without affecting your current production process. The engineer can import a new part, put it through the FD-ST system and learn whether the robot has sufficient capability to finish the job or if alterations need to be made to the part or the welder to ensure it can get the job done.
This is especially important when working with parts that require intricate geometry or the necessity for moves to clear clamps or tools. FD-ST is designed to work for everyone from an engineer, master welder or a project manager with equal ease. Once you've designed the part and welding process, you can determine what options are needed to best weld your parts.
Learn more about welding simulation and offline programming in this on-demand webinar, How Offline Simulations Can Streamline Your Robot Programming. Watch Now 👇