Abco Adds Visual Components’ 3D Simulation to Service Offerings

The automation systems provider will now offer software to help clients visualize and simulate potential factory automation layouts.


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Abco Automation (Browns Summit, North Carolina), designer and builder of factory automation systems, has signed a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with Visual Components (Helsinki, Finland), a maker of 3D simulation software for manufacturing. Abco will add the company’s simulation software to its service offerings, which also include field support, on-site installation, laser safety, system training, project management and engineering.

According to Abco EVP Jack Walsh, the company uses the software to provide clients with digital 3D models of potential systems, which help them visualize the design and configuration and simulate its functionality. “Now as a Visual Components VAR, we can provide our customers with an ancillary product that supplements our build-to-print and design build processes,” he says.  

Visual Components combines the engineering disciplines of material flow, robotics simulation and controls validation into one platform. With version 4.0 of the software, users can design factory layouts with numerous models and factory components, such as pre-engineered conveyor units and industrial robots. The software’s visualization gives users an approximate graphical view of a factory or production line, while the simulation function creates a version of the factory or production line with all the components operating in a real environment.

Visual Components CEO Bob Axtman says that simulation can save customers money by helping them avoid process and equipment mistakes on the manufacturing floor. “Simulation allows users to see design flaws, test different operations, and make adjustments before committing to a final design.”

Visual Components is based in Finland, but has a subsidiary in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Abco Automation Inc. | 336-375-6400 | goabco.com.

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