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3D sim for robot control

07 March 2018

Fanuc UK has launched the latest, upgraded version of its intelligent 3D simulation software for robot motion control.

Roboguide Version 9 can be used for pre-sale concept simulations, right through to a full offline programming package for use on the shop floor. It is suitable for both new, and experienced, robot users, and has several advanced features, including: a more intuitive user interface, the most up-to-date virtual controllers, and a drag-and-drop function for the addition of robots and components within a work cell layout.

The Roboguide software can also support Fanuc’s latest R30iB Plus robot controller, which includes the new iHMI interface that is common across the whole product range.

The software is based on more than 16 years of research and development. It allows operators to design, test and modify robotic systems through the use of a fully-simulated, 3D, CAD environment. The simulations, which can be conducted offline, provide an operator with accurate robot motion and cycle times when designing and verifying a system. The finalised program can then be downloaded to the robot.

Additional plug-ins are available for the calculation of reducer lifetimes, motor duties and power consumption, while plug-ins monitoring possible collisions and enforced safety parameters, particularly for collaborative robots, come as standard.