• Process Simulate

    Process Simulate is the automotive industry standard simulation software used to plan, simulate and validate automation through the product lifecycle, from concept to production. The software enables engineers to test multiple part variants through a line, as well as testing and validating PLC code offline. The accuracy and flexibility provided by Process Simulate makes it a versatile tool for manufacturing engineering in any industry.

 

Capabilities

Process Simulate can be used to create event-driven simulations over a range of aspects, including:

  • Process definition
  • Robotic programming
  • Mechanical sequencing
  • Material flow
  • Automation control
  • Virtual commissioning

The evolution of software for robotics

From single robot simulation in the ’80s, to car body cell simulation in the ’90s with Robcad, Process Simulate allows users to simulate a complete line. With robots or cells functioning simultaneously, there’s no need to make assumptions for any events happening in the factory, all knock on effects are accounted for. When all events are simulated at the same time, this gives greater accuracy and quicker results than working with a single robot or cell at a time.

Many clients have had sucess migrating existing Robcad cells and projects directly into Process Simulate. This means manufacturers can take advantage of using the intuitive Process Simulate userface, as well as benefitting from software updates along with hardware and operating system support to keep the program running efficiently.

You can read about how Kuka Brazil upgraded from Robcad to Process Simulate with Siemens Digital Industries Software here.

Validating PLC code offsite with virtual commissioning

Virtual commissioning is the simulation and debug of PLC code using a ‘digital twin’ – this is an exact replica of the production line in the virtual world, where unlimited testing can take place in an environment with no risk. The virtual commissioning approach leads to less time spent on the factory floor, as seen in the KUKA Brazil case study from Siemens Digital Industries.

Sharing designs with virtual reality

Process Simulate connects with virtual reality headsets, handheld controllers and on screen views so designs can be easily shared with a wider audience. Exploring lines in virtual reality helps to effectively convey information and explore designs with a range of stakeholders. It’s also helpful in addressing practical considerations, such as line of sight and proximity of robot movement – factors which are particularly useful to consider when robots are in use alongside operatives.

Get in touch to chat about how Process Simulate could help your production