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Published on: 02/23/2021
Last Reply on: 02/24/2021
What is the best software for offline robot programming?
Hi Bridget, My colleague Denis just publish an interesting article about how to choose a a simulation and offline programming (OLP) software. You may want to read the article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-choose-comprehensive-simulation-offline-olp-your-needs-danchine/ Also i can full recommend FASTSUITE ( www.fastsuite.com). With FASTSUITE you can easily program robots and/or machine tools, making use of the process geometry, defined on the work-pieces and the available technology packages. FASTSUITE Edition 2 programs not just the machine or the robot. Instead, the robot path and the machining program are generated directly from the CAD data - with all the exact parameters for the respective production technology. It does not matter whether material is applied, transported or removed. If you need more information we will be happy to discuss with you your needs. Best regards, Lumi Dochia
Dear Bridget, Unfortunately there is no easy answer to that question, it all depends on your needs and the application. There's targeted solutions from each robot manufacturer Kawasaki K-Roset, ABB Robot Studio, Fanuc Roboguide, etc. which works well with their respective brands/platforms but not with others. There's inexpensive multi-platform solutions like RoboDK which sometimes require a bit more effort by the user to suit their needs, there's more expensive multi-platform solutions like Octopuz and FastSuite, and finally there's line simulation software such as Delfoi Lean and Process Simulate. All in all these options range from anywhere between a few thousand up to tens of thousands, so "the best" software is really which is the best software - for you - and that all depends on your need and budget. I'd be happy to discuss this further if you'd like, please contact me directly using the information below. Best Regards, // Magnus