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FASTSUITE R2022.1: Improved user experience and performance in offline programming

Based on valuable feedback from our user community, this new release of FASTSUITE Edition 2 provides significant improvements of the general usability, leading to a better user experience and performance.

 

Automated Touch Sensing

Touch-sense operations are required to precisely determine the actual position of the weld line on the real part (which is deviating from the ideal CAD position due to manual tag weld operations). In fact, before welding, the robot is conducting several sensing operations (touch by nozzle or touch by wire). These touch sense operations have to be created in OLP. FASTSUITE already has the option to generate pre-defined touch-sense operations in an automatic way. This capability is now extended by the option to manually and quickly indicate the touch points on the workpiece. This new option extends significantly the predefined operations by adding options to define individual operations in a very agile and intuitive way. Also the programming time to define or modify touch-sense operations is significantly reduced.

Improved toolpath quality evaluation

The new evaluation of Toolpath Quality based on Cost function is now enhancing this analysis option significantly by using target criteria.

Users can preset and customize all target criteria individually in order to meet different boundary conditions from technology and work cell setup. Selected criteria are clearly displayed on on page and can be easily set to different use cases with color support. Suitable default values can be easily stored, as with all other attributes.

Available criteria for the analysis are:

  • accessibility (on/off)
  • collision freedom (on/off)
  • process angle (adjustable in 4 increments)
  • Axis limits (adjustable in 4 increments)
  • Axis movement resp. jerky motions (adjustable in 4 increments)

Simplified Filet Welding

The new "fillet weld" function is drastically simplifying the programming workflow. Instead of single, sequential operations with many interactions, users can create the weld operation directly with a simple "swipe" operation over the welding area. The previously required creation of process geometries is no longer necessary. "Swiping" also supports the programming of CAD models where the edges are not perfectly trimmed or when they have gaps (which is the usual case in daily life). Compared to previous workflows, the user interactions are reduced by factors, and the need to prepare the CAD model before OLP is decreasing significantly.

By simple swiping motion from the side face to the surface of the base plate, the definition of the weld line is completed, no matter what design method has been used. The root seam is safely determined by projection. The weld seam is interrupted at adjacent plates. If geometrically applicable, the box situations are automatically determined. The path direction can be specified directly by the location of the swipe movement.

  • simple selection of two faces
  • the seam can be easily extended by performing another selection
  • Process Geometry of root seam is created by projection onto base plate
  • seam is automatically interrupted at adjacent plates and the box situation is automatically determined

Improvements on Duplicate/Mirror/Pattern Function

Moving, duplicating or mirroring one or multiple operations became much easier with the updated Transmit feature

An extended copy/mirror/transform function helps to quickly replicate operations. Usually workpieces require several redundant, repetitive operations. Thanks to the new and improved GUI and function, users can much more easily and safely duplicate and transform operations, which leads to a drastic gain of efficiency, since it is no longer needed to manually program each operation individually.

Copy & Paste of OLP Programs to other Controllers

No need to program the mirrored robots in your work cells any more. You can now mirror entire programs for spot welding, arc welding, painting or any other applications

Programs are created and optimized for a dedicated machine, It might be that, for whatever reason, the planned machine is not available, and the project has to be shifted to another machine. The option to copy a complete program from one controller to another enables a change of machine after programming. Users do not need to re-program the entire project, they only need to validate the result again (different head geometries might lead to collisions, different axis limits might lead to unreachable positions) and adjust some details. Benefit: huge time savings.

Modification of Existing OLP Programs by Script

Modify program cycles or automatically correct the laser cutting paths by importing inspection data measurement sets.

This option unleashes infinite capabilities. One use case could be to "merge" an OLP project with the real program from the robot after modification. This can be used to transfer a program, which is manually modified and optimized on the robot cell, onto a different part or onto a design variant for keeping all manual modifications, and for avoiding a complete re-programming of the entire product.

 

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