Simulate Robot Applications Without Prototype Work Cell

Available from Fanuc Robotics, Roboguide software allows users to simulate robotic processes in a 3-D environment offline. Engineers use the software's graphical interface to develop and test a complete robotic application without creating a prototype work cell. Users can import unique CAD models of parts; create a workcell with machines, part-transfer devices and obstacles; and teach robot paths to simulate the operation and performance of a robotic application. The software features reach verification, collision detection, cycle time estimates and more. 


The software's latest feature, Cad-to-Path programming, enables the creation of robot paths from CAD data. The user defines the process requirements on the CAD model, and the software automatically generates the robot program. Other features include a process navigator, which is designed to guide users through the steps needed to setup and simulate a cell, and a robot library for quick access to any of the company's robots for system layout and simulation. Also included are built-in CAD models and a profiler designed to review programs for timing bottlenecks and operational slowdowns.


Various plug-ins are available to provide simulation for specific processes. These are HandlingPro for material-handling applications; WeldPro for arc welding; PaintPro for painting; PalletPro for palletizing; MotionPro for motion optimization; and OlpcPro for Karel/Teach Pendant programming.