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Offline Programming

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Offline Programming
Generating new trimming programs or adjusting existing set-ups by manual robot teaching in production equipment is time consuming, costly and causes unnecessary equipment downtime. All of this can be avoided by using offline programming.

In simple terms, in offline programming the trimming programs are generated on a computer that includes simulations of the robotic equipment and the product to be trimmed without having to stop the real equipment on the production line. Offline programming can be used to create both the base program and to finetune it, if required.

Leading edge software
At Shape Process Automation, we carry out all our offline programming tasks using the industry leading RobotStudio software package which utilises the 3-dimensional CAD design from the customer.

In addition, Shape Process Automation offers a unique add-on software module to RobotStudio to provide faster and more accurate programming than normal. All programs are based on EasyFineTune, a programming method that minimizes the amount of programming instructions for a complete program. This method facilitates easier finetuning and program adjustments.

Proven efficiency - A case study
Shape Process Automation provided the complete package for Johnson Controls in Holland, MI USA including robotic trimming equipment, fixtures and off-line programming. Jason Caroll, Robot Process Engineer at Johnson Controls said:

As far as the cutout shape goes, the offline programming was dead on. These programs took one programmer about 8 hrs to fine tune and it scrapped 5 parts. To create this program manually, it would take the programmer about 36-40 hours to write and fine tune into tolerance. Also, the manual way would probably scrap about 15-20 parts. In my opinion, the offline programs from Shape Process Automation were almost 100% accurate considering how much time it took to complete the program, how many parts were scrapped and how far the TCP was from the target.

Advantages offered by offline programs from Shape Process Automation

  • Use of WaterjetWare functions in the cutting programs.
  • Easy program calibration with Workobject-method.
  • Cutting program + fixture can be used on both sides of turntable automatically.
  • Program documentation showing the position of workobject reference points.
  • EasyFineTune: reduced numbers of robot positions to make updating and changing of the cutting program faster and more user-friendly.
  • Program structure: the structure of a Shape Process Automation offline program is identical to an online program (traditional programming): we always use the same user-friendly structure for easy understanding.
  • Worldwide support: excellent customer support from Shape Process Automation head office or local Shape Process Automation sales offices due to the common program structure used for both offline and on line programming.