Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA UltraPaint Selected by Aerobotix to Reduce Lead Engineering Time and Improve Plant Floor Productivity06/12/2007
Robotic Simulation Tool Used in Army Humvee Specialty Coating Applications
Auburn Hills, MI, USA, June 12, 2007 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced today that its DELMIA UltraPaint robotic solution has been selected for use at Aerobotix, Inc., in Huntsville, AL. Aerobotix, a robotic coating system integrator, will be using the solution to perform robotic paint path programming for a U.S. Army Humvee (HMMWV for High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle) depot level maintenance operation.
“Ours is a complex application that requires the development of numerous paint paths for the robotic coating system in order to apply primers and topcoats in both single-color and camouflage paint configurations,” says Daniel Sample, Aerobotix Robotics Engineer. “After analyzing various options, we determined the DELMIA UltraPaint software was the best solution to help us improve manufacturing quality, accuracy, and profitability.”
DELMIA UltraPaint is a physics-based, scalable robotic simulation solution for modeling and off-line programming of complex, multi-device robotic paint cells that comes with a complete set of painting simulation tools. Spray gun and paint attributes can be entered into the painting device and the results can be graphically displayed in multiple colors illustrating relative film thickness; or exact thickness can be obtained through the uses of a built-in film build gage. Complex paint booths can be constructed, and multiple robot moving line applications can be simulated.
Additionally, the Realistic Robotic Simulation™ (RRS) feature allows the UltraPaint software to interface with a robot manufacturer’s proprietary motion planning software (called a RCS module) to provide greater accuracy in the trajectory motion and cycle time prediction.
In this application, 3D models of multiple HMMWV variants were created and imported into the robotic workcell developed in UltraPaint. Each paint path program was created and simulated in the cell after considering the robots’ reachability and clearances. With the simulation capability, programs could be sequenced to avoid workspace conflicts and optimized to gain efficiencies. Overall, DELMIA UltraPaint is helping Aerobotix reduce lead engineering time and improve plant floor productivity.
Aerobotix is a leading provider of turnkey robotic coating systems and engineering support services for use in specialized military, aerospace and general industrial coating applications. Aerobotix provides unique expertise in integrating industrial robotics into highly specialized custom applications involving hazardous environments, critical process control and stringent performance requirements. Many of these applications involve process development, system design, robot, PLC and HMI programming, installation, testing, and transition to production. Aerobotix’ highly specialized and experienced staff maintains their “leading edge” through hands-on project experience and close “partnering” relationships with customers and suppliers. Located in Huntsville, Alabamam, Aerobotix maintains all operations in a 12,000 square foot facility with in-house robotic and coating application development labs, integration and testing shop, and specialty process equipment assembly rooms. Aerobotix can be contacted at (256) 772-9035.
About About DELMIA
DELMIA is a premier brand for digital manufacturing solutions, focused on two unique software applications that can be used to streamline manufacturing processes. DELMIA Automation provides solutions to digitally design test and validate the control of a machine, workcell, or entire factory line and DELMIA PLM provides the process and resource capability to enable continuous creation and validation of manufacturing processes as related to the product throughout the entire product lifecyle. DELMIA serves industries where the optimization of manufacturing processes is critical, including automotive, aerospace, fabrication and assembly, electrical and electronics, consumer goods, plant, and shipbuilding sectors. Information about DELMIA is available at http://www.delmia.com/
About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing and ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, including ENOVIA VPLM, ENOVIA MatrixOne and ENOVIA SmarTeam. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit : http://www.3ds.com
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