A technology leader in plant and systems engineering, KUKA understands that it is important to invest in new technologies in order to stay ahead of the curve in developing innovative manufacturing process and facility concepts. Next to the geometrical validation it is increasingly important to digitally define, control and monitor automated systems entirely in a 3D virtual environment. This cuts development time, reduces costs in both manpower and capital investment, and increases initial PLC program quality and overall factory productivity.
The DELMIA Virtual Commissioning solution enables manufacturing engineers to link the virtual manufacturing model with the actual control system and robot controller. The company can then conduct and evaluate “what if” scenarios to optimize production, allowing to get it right the first time.
When integrating changes within existing plants, the use of DELMIA Automation will help make a significant impact on KUKA’s manufacturing line planning. Any proposed changes are to be explored beforehand in the virtual model of the plants. To do that, it is important to combine actual PLC and robot control with the virtual plant. Actual programs will thus drive the virtual model. “This is the only way to confirm manufacturing system performance prior to system build–by using DELMIA Automation,” emphasizes Günther Mikuta, product manager, Control Technologies, KUKA Systems. “With this solution, we expect substantial efficiency gains for our clients in the future. When re-configuring plants, we will apply this KUKA approach to virtual launch,” adds Dr. Christian Fedrowitz, chief, Technical Data Processing, KUKA Systems. “KUKA will, consequently, achieve an increase in quality while reducing actual production downtime as our solution will eliminate many errors that often occur during system build.”
KUKA’s decision for DELMIA Automation is proof for the fact that the topic of automation-simulation has arrived within the industry. The solution is a natural extension to the Dassault Systèmes PLM offering. While PLM solutions simplify and enhance end-to-end product management, Automation solutions validate and improve the internal behavior of control systems.
About KUKA Systems
KUKA is an international developer of flexible robot-based automation plants for the automotive, aerospace, energy and production industries. Approximately 3780 employees contribute ideas, concepts and solutions for automated production, as well as products and services for almost all industrial processing tasks of metallic and non-metallic materials. With subsidiaries in Europe, America and Asia, the company has a global sales and marketing presence. KUKA sales were approximately 855 million Euros in the financial year 2008. For further information, visit www.kuka-systems.com.
About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.
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