Con-Vey Keystone has invested in the DELMIA Robotics Solution from DassaultSystèmes, for simulating its automation process. Con-Vey had initially applied the simulation solution to the material handling systems for its wood processing unit.
They have now extended the DELMIA simulations to new units such as food and beverage palletizing, drilling and welding as well. Scott Patterson, a sales engineer at Con-vey explained that through the implementation of DELMIA Robotics simulation in other markets, they were able to diversify and expand their customer base.
Con-Vey coordinated with the channel partner of DELMIA, EOS Solutions for the purchase and training of the simulation solution. Now, the solution is part of the standard part of the sales process. Con-Vey believes that by simulating its systems in a three-dimensional virtual environment, they gain an edge over their competitors by providing optimised solutions to the customers. Patterson added that a three-dimensional picture of the process is useful in clearly showing the way the system works and the workers are able to achieve the output without clashes or interventions. Before Con-Vey opted for DELMIA solutions, they had been using a robot manufacturer solution, which led to lengthy lead times. The DELMIA solution is equipped with a large robot library and options to add new robot models as well. The solution also has the flexibility to incorporate three-dimensional models from various CAD systems. Con-Vey is making use of the solution for doing cycle analysis, robot reachability/collision analysis and throughput analysis. Patterson is of the opinion that these analyses are just the initial stages of tapping the capability of the system and intend to extend t into inertia analysis.