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Programming and simulation of robot applications independently of manufacturers

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG

CHALLENGE

ZF Friedrichshafen is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide. Uwe Wachter is Head of the Production Tech Center Robotics and Vision at ZF Friedrichshafen. He reports, “About three and a half years ago, we founded the Production Tech Center Robotics based in Schweinfurt. We are the division within the ZF Group that is responsible for new production technologies such as lightweight robots, camera systems or software solutions. We act as an internal service provider by support with advice, development and training.”

In his role as a technology scout and consultant, Uwe Wachter is always looking for new solutions that make working at ZF easier. That is how he became aware of the ArtiMinds software.

APPLICATION

It is a great advantage for ZF, to develop a robot application in the RPS once and letting it run on different robot systems at any time. Wachter explains, “If, for example, we develop an application for robots from manufacturer A in Schweinfurt, we can then generate the executable program for robots from manufacturer B from this source code and send this program by e-mail to our plant in Portugal. Then the colleagues in Portugal can run the same production with their robot system B as we do in Schweinfurt with robot system A. Only the software from ArtiMinds offers us this flexibility.”

Simulation are another main task. For this purpose, Arnold regularly uses the Robot Programming Suite. He explains, “We are often confronted with the task of estimating whether or not a robot can meet a certain cycle time in a given situation.”

In the past when faced with the task of conducting such feasibility studies, ZF had to install the robot system on site at great expense, develop the appropriate application and test whether the system could meet the specified cycle time.

WHY ARTIMINDS?

“After the first talks and presentations I knew: that’s exactly what we need. The Robot Programming Suite enables us to do universal robot programming at a qualitatively higher level.”

UWE WACHTER
Head of Production Tech Center Robotics and Vision at ZF

WHY ARTIMINDS?

“After the first talks and presentations I knew: that’s exactly what we need. The Robot Programming Suite enables us to do universal robot programming at a qualitatively higher level.”

UWE WACHTER
Head of Production Tech Center Robotics and Vision at ZF

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SOLUTION

With the Robot Programming Suite, ZF can not only program but also simulate applications, thus saving time and costs. Jonas Arnold explains, “The visualization allows us to identify potential problems in advance. This already starts with the spatial conditions. Does the available space even offer sufficient freedom of movement?”

In addition, when using collaborative robots, special standards must met in order to ensure the safety of human-robot collaboration. Arnold explains, “We must evaluate in advance, for example, where collisions between humans and robots could be possible. Can the robot arm reach head height? Are there possible clamping points? In order to ensure safety, we have to comply with force as well as pressure values and limit the speed of the robot’s movements. During the gripping process, we must allow for inaccuracies that cause time delays. We can assess all of this more easily by simulating it with the Robot Programming Suite.”

In addition, ZF also had some automation tasks for which they worked out good solutions for the implementation of the robot program together with the ArtiMinds project team. Arnold praises the cooperation and close collaboration, “At ArtiMinds we always find open ears and helpfulness. In this way a beautiful and stable partnership has developed between us.”

“For me, the greatest advantage of the RPS is the many flexible features that allow us to simulate applications even before they are actually built and also to implement new, previously non-automated tasks.”

– JONAS ARNOLD, Engineer for collaborative robots at ZF

Learn more in our special webinar edition "Surface finishing"

Robot-supported surface finishing – challenges, solutions & best practices

On the one hand, component tolerances and complex geometries make robot-supported surface finishing more difficult; on the other hand, it is necessary to process image processing and force signals.
The integration of sensors and software therefore opens up completely new fields of applications and possibilities such as

  • Grinding with constant contact pressure
  • Visually controlled polishing of imperfections
  • Full-surface polishing of painted components
  • Deburring the outer contour of composite parts

On the basis of these four specific use cases, the webinar will show you the challenges of these tasks, possible approaches and how sensor-guided finishing processes and intelligent software simplify robot programming and ensure robust applications, higher process reliability and constant quality execution.
The practical examples are industrial applications that have already been successfully implemented and applied.

AT THE WEBINAR YOU WILL LEARN…

  • how you can automate grinding, polishing and deburring with robots
  • which challenges have to be considered
  • which technologies you need for implementation
  • how you can program such applications without expert knowledge
  • which industrial best practice examples companies already have realized

DURATION: 45 minutes

WEBINAR DATES:

  • Wednesday, November 25 | 10 am UTC | German
  • Tuesday, December 1 | 4 pm UTC | English
  • Wednesday, December 2 | 9 am UTC | English

LANGUAGE: English & German

This online seminar is also available in German. More information can be found >>HERE…

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Robot-supported surface finishing – challenges, solutions & best practices.

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Book a non-binding online demo – We show you how easy robot programming and deployment can be.

Get started and learn more! Book a non-binding online demo – We show you how easy robot programming and deployment can be.

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Invest just 30 minutes of your time and we show you how you can program, analyze and optimize your robot applications with ArtiMinds RPS and ArtiMinds LAR easier, faster, more intuitive and consistent.

The non-binding free online demo is the perfect way to see the software live and to find out if it suits your needs..

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