Assembly Simulation Engineers
Creating operations to build the as-planned product and analyzing requirements
DELMIA Assembly Process Simulation
Leverage the Power of the Version 6 3D Environment
DELMIA Assembly Process Simulation (APS) enables users to leverage the power of the Version 6 3D environment to perform product assembly feasibility studies. The powerful and intuitive capabilities of APS is used to discover potential assembly issues and communicate these discoveries directly to product designers or other stakeholders—and do it early, when changes are easier and less expensive.
APS provides a virtual 3D environment that includes shop floor resources and layout. Planners can create, optimize, and validate the assembly process in the context of its manufacturing setting.
- Determine feasibility early in the design phase
- Determine assembly feasibility of manufactured parts
- Determine manufacturing assembly process validation during detailed process planning
- Improve assembly process plan quality
- Improve collaboration between stakeholders
Interactively create assembly trajectoriesAPS users can view and share the product in its assembled state in the Version 6 3D immersive environment with other project stakeholders. Using simple, intuitive commands, they can create interference-free product disassembly trajectories and discover potential design-for-assembly issues earlier. Assembly trajectory creation capabilities are provided to cover different levels of assembly simulation and validation including: Product Assembly, Manufactured Parts and Detailed Process Planning Validation.
Easily edit and modify trajectory pathsAPS provides simple, intuitive tools that let users edit a part’s trajectory. For example, they can add, remove, or re-order points along the part’s trajectory path. Through the display of length and angle editors user can easily control the motion value when creating the linear or rotary motion.
Initialize track begin position with previous product positionAt track of Operation creation, the user will be able to initialize the track begin point to the part position starting from the part bin or starting from part previous position (defined in a track of a previous Operation). When the part bin position or previous Operation end position is changed for process planning sequence optimization, the new point position is automatically taken into account at track edition. The user has no more changes to perform when changes occur on part bin position or previous track.
Reverse trajectoriesAPS enhances the analysis value and rapid validation of assemblies by re-using and reversing predefined trajectories. With a single click of the mouse, users can quickly convert an assembly move to a disassembly move—or vice versa.
Reverse Track for the complete processAllows the user to reverse track motions and track orders inside an Operation. The user is able to apply this capability to Operation(s) corresponding to the selection (Operation, or Production System). This capability saves the user time and interactions when disassemble sequence must be reverse into assemble sequence.
See the product buildup, operation by operation, in resources contextUsers can leverage the work of upstream planners who have defined the manufacturing assemblies and the associated sequence of operations. To see the product buildup in the context of the selected operation and 3D layout of assigned resources, users just select the desired operation from a Gantt chart, a tree or an operation thumbnail. They will get a clear picture of the state of the assembled product in the current context of the resources without the distraction of other product parts. Using this interface, assembly tracks can be defined sequentially, quickly navigating operations in their relative order.
Manage operation precedence along assembly process simulationUsers can leverage Gantt chart capabilities to manage the operation order directly staying in Assembly Path Definition workbench. The user takes benefit of assembly simulation feedback to optimize the operation sequence. It is no longer necessary to go to the workbench of other DELMIA applications to perform the operation sequence modification.
Identify operations by selecting manufacturing assemblies in 3DManufacturing assemblies can be easily identified and then used to navigate to the corresponding operations on which the assembly path should be managed. Within cross-highlight capability the user is able to identify from 3D selection which process planning operation is managing the selected manufactured product.
Define probe points for analysis during simulationPlanners can define probes for checking part interferences by measuring between parts, or by sectioning parts, and applying these probes to steps in the manufacturing simulation.
Define assembly simulation scenariosAPS lets users define and store assembly scenarios. They can then select trajectories and analysis probes for the simulation. Multiple scenarios can be defined and saved, which helps users to perform feasibility studies and evaluate the impact of product and assembly process changes.
Detect interference during simulationAPS provides interference detection during simulation of the assembly process, making it easy to identify where further analysis is needed. Users can easily modify trajectories or the order of operations to avoid interferences where possible. They can also communicate seamlessly with product designers when the interference is the result of design-for-assembly issues.
Create choreographed simulationsUsers can define simulations of specific activities such as changing part colors, turning on and off the visibility of parts, displaying text, and modifying the camera position between trajectory moves. This helps APS users to define process animations suitable for collaborative reviews and presentations.
Manage assembly sequences with a Gantt editorThe APS user interface allows the use of a Gantt chart to manage, track, and choreograph parallel and sequential activities.
Create excitation referencing operations in manufacturing simulation scenariosFor simulation analysis, users can reference a system or operation in an assembly sequence or in a manufacturing scenario. They can then use the operation assembly track to reference it in a simulation excitation. Simulation analysis of a manufacturing scenario can be used to validate the operation sequence.
Check interference at simulation replayUsers can analyze all interferences detected at each step of a manufacturing scenario simulation. There are dedicated 3D analysis tools to evaluate any selected interference. The display of interference curves are used to analyze the interference through color, section, and measure tools.
Generate the results of a manufacturing scenario in a simulation contextAPS lets users play the results of a manufacturing scenario in a simulation or validation context without re-computing the simulation.
Generate animations of assembly simulationsUsers can generate animations of the simulation with the APS Compile Animation command. This lets others throughout the extended enterprise easily review and collaborate without requiring access to or knowledge of APS.
Perform swept volume analysis during simulation replayUsers can generate swept volumes of part trajectories during animation replay. Swept volume result can be updated when a design change or assembly path change is performed. This avoids the user to create a new Swept volume. Swept volumes are useful when analyzing the space constraints needed to manipulate a part into its assembled position—and to communicate these requirements to part designers and other stakeholders.
Automatically generate an exploded assembly stateAn exploded view of the product assembly can be generated with one click of the mouse. This is useful for a quick view of the product components before planning the assembly process. During generation of exploded assembly state, users can decide to generate a track corresponding to the assembly sequences and assembly paths. Users can then visualize the disassemble state and have a better understanding of the assembly process through simulation of the assembly sequence.