The importance of virtual design simulation in manufacturing robotics

Manufacturers can more accurately integrate robotics with their production lines using powerful simulation capabilities.

Entering the circular economy is the pinnacle of sustainable manufacturing. Guided by this approach, manufacturers can reduce waste in manufacturing and increase the amount of product waste that can be recycled.

Robots, while having been utilized in manufacturing since the 1960s, are still not adequately utilized to increase manufacturing output and realize more flexible and complex production lines—but are also very large, power-intensive and cumbersome. This means that getting them to integrate effectively with existing workflows can still be a challenge, however powerful they may be on paper.

As a result, manufacturers have begun to dig deeper into what computer-aided engineering is all about. While many manufacturers have already started to utilize simulation to accelerate the integration of robotics with their production lines, current approaches are not holistic enough to ensure robotics is accurately deployed in the context of their current and future production needs.

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Advance The Accurate Deployment Of Manufacturing Robotics With Virtual Simulation

Leverage powerful, end-to-end virtual design simulation capabilities to advance the integration of robotics with your production lines

There is only one industry-proven approach that facilitates the validation of production systems and robot programming in a collaborative environment from end to end—from conceptualization to construction—while being able to consider KPIs like:

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Maintenance downtime and disruptions

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New product configurations

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Pre-existing workflows

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Human safety

In this virtual environment, engineers can use robotics tools to show how well the product and tool designs work together, implement virtual testing and set the stage for the effective use of this cutting-edge manufacturing technology.

The need to advance the accurate integration of robotics today

The manufacturing industry needs to contend with two big emerging megatrends: An aging population and increasingly personalized and complex products. By 2050, over 20 percent of the global population will be comprised of those over 60 (it’s currently around 8 percent) even as world populations decline, presenting significant talent shortages.

The changing landscape of the manufacturing workforce is one where we’re going to see increasing demand but drop of supply talent in the next few decades. This is why you need to increase the use of robotics in your production lines to become more efficient with fewer workers and also to increase the output per worker to meet future demand.

Michael Mayr Sales Strategy Expert>Manufacturing Robotics >Dassault Systèmes®
Michael Mayr
Industrial Equipment Sales Strategy Expert, Dassault Systèmes

In order to de-risk operations in the face of the challenges of the coming decades, manufacturers need to act today.

Dassault Systèmes offers comprehensive robotics solutions to help manufacturers actualize more flexible, complex and distributed production sites. These powerful solutions are powered by the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, a collaborative environment for multidisciplinary teams to aggregate all requirements (from markets, top customers, sales, service, research and more) during the specifications phase and during its lifecycle to define and optimize a complete portfolio.

Moreover, these teams can conduct virtual commissioning and simulation of the line or cell to reduce delays during final commissioning and virtually assess risks and develop safety documentation as pre-validation of the line or cell.

As a result, manufacturers can:

  • Ensure all suppliers work against a shared project schedule
  • Manage variants for modularization strategies and speed-up worldwide
  • Produce at a lower cost and innovate more quickly
  • Realize more sustainable lines that are less energy intensive and wasteful


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