Robot Programming & Simulation Software Expands European Presence

Robot software provider RoboDK has teamed up with automation specialists RobCo S.W.A.T. from Bulgaria to provide the world’s leading automotive experts with advanced Industry 4.0 solutions.

“We’re honored to partner with RobCo S.W.A.T. to provide flexible and efficient automation systems for global automotive car manufacturers such as Audi, Volkswagen, Lamborghini and Porsche,” says RoboDK’s co-founder and CEO, Albert Nubiola.

RoboDK offline programming and simulation software gives automation cell designers unprecedented robot simulation possibilities and supports simultaneous simulations of bespoke hardware devices alongside leading robot brands.

In a recent project for Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG) RobCo S.W.A.T. used RoboDK software to simulate ABB and Motoman robots working on a range of automotive manufacturing tasks including assembly and painting.

“By combining Rhino and RoboDK we are able to offer high quality integration at an affordable cost,” says RobCo S.W.A.T. CEO, Theodor Georgiev.

“We implement control systems, fluid systems, simulation software, electromechanical engineering, and six sigma management,” says Goergiev. “When someone has access to these instruments for testing and configuring their automated systems, they become significantly more effective and systems can be realized much faster.” 

RoboDK software enables RobCo S.W.A.T.’s engineers to program robots outside the production environment.

“The ability to generate robot programs away from live production lines empowers robot engineers in several ways, from eliminating the production downtime associated with shop floor programming to providing a safe, simulated environment for testing different cell design scenarios,” says RoboDK’s Nubiola.

With the right software tools, you don’t have to be a world-class engineer to simulate and program industrial robots. For example, RoboDK software’s ingenious drag-and-drop design functionality and library of fifteen robot application scenarios from robot machining to polishing, means that even end-users with no programming knowledge can set-up simulations and generate robot programs within minutes.

RoboDK’s software library supports more than 500 robots from 50 manufacturers, including FANUC, Yaskawa, Universal Robots and KUKA. This gives end users the ability to configure and test automated cells in a safe environment and within the same software ecosystem.

Additionally, RoboDK software provides plugins for SolidWorks, Mastercam, Inventor, Fusion 360, FeatureCAM, MecSoft and SolidEdge.

Automotive is the main driver and largest segment of the industrial robotics sector accounting for 30% of global robot installations, according to the latest figures from the International Federation of Robotics.

Specialists in the optimization of automotive production lines, RobCo S.W.A.T. provides the world’s leading car brands with a full range of robotic services from cell design, modeling and customized hardware to software and mechanics.

The power and versatility of RoboDK software helps to support one of the pillars of RobCo S.W.A.T.’s automation strategy – simulation and programming industrial robot arms.

Car manufacturers use industrial robots for a huge range of tasks from welding, painting and surface coating to glue dispensing, assembly and inspection, all of which can be simulated within RoboDK software.

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