A common problem related to these costs of weld quality is that they are often hidden, overlooked, or known but hard to resolve. In the worst case (and most common case) these costs of quality are simply accepted. Does that sound absurd? Yes, but it’s true. Market research revealed two items of significance; 1) most companies experience these costs and 2) these companies would take steps to prevent or reduce these costs if they could.
Robot programmers frequently find it challenging to deliver material handling, arc welding, spot welding, or drill and riveting programs that work with certainty on the first run. Because robot programming is not part of the design phase, they are forced to implement fixes and workarounds on the shop floor. Costs escalate as production cycles expand and changes are made without knowledge of the shop floor impacts.
DELMIA Robotics on the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform delivers high quality, collision-free programs in the native robot language with no need for intervention on the shop floor. In the virtual world, programmers and designers work in concert to create the most productive tooling operations and robot cycle times. Programming can move ahead independently without interrupting production, and robot programs perform predictably the first time. Costs of programming and production are significantly reduced, and products move to market more quickly.
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