There is a multitude of robot brands in the industrial robotics industry, there is also a multitude of options for programming. Manual programming, OEM specific software, and third party offline programming software are some of the different approaches.
OCTOPUZ Offline Programming and Simulation Software is a third-party software solution for programming industrial robots on your PC. OCTOPUZ can program multiple robot brands, in multiple configurations, for a multitude of applications, all together in one cell.
Panasonic robots, a brand that is growing in popularity in the industry, use a unique code structure from the majority of other robot brands. Contrary to popular belief, OCTOPUZ includes all the tools necessary to program Panasonic robots in an easy, fluid, and efficient way.
Accumetal Manufacturing Inc., based in Stratford, Ontario, is a high mix, fabrication, and welded components manufacturer. They manufacture a large number of structural components for the off-road mining industry. After many years of manual welding and manual programming on their Panasonic welding cell, the volume of work increased and triggered the need to look at more automation to get some relief for their welders. This is where OCTOPUZ stepped in.
We Interviewed Aaron DeJong, Welding Technologist at Accumetal Manufacturing, who shared with us how he first heard of OCTOPUZ and what the sales process was like.
Early this year, Accumetal elected to invest in a new Panasonic robotic welding system. This new system was paired with OCTOPUZ to not only be able to meet the new demand but to also become more profitable by reducing lead times and increasing capacity.
In addition to solving the problem of increased demand, OCTOPUZ was also able to help Accumetal reduce their programming time and robot downtime. Using OCTOPUZ, Accumetal can program the path beforehand, offline, only having to do touch-ups and adjustments on the floor as needed.
A common question regarding robotic programming is “How much time will it save me? This is a tough question as it greatly depends on the size and complexity of the part. For Accumetal, it depends on not only the size but the number and the complexity of the welds.
As mentioned at the beginning, there are many robotic programming software options. So, what makes OCTOPUZ different? Aside from being able to program multiple robots of different brands at the same time, performing many different applications, we truly believe our customer care and support is what makes us different.
For Accumetal, it was our locality and ability to go above and beyond.
OCTOPUZ also did some standard development for Accumetal, specifically regarding Panasonic support. This involved giving them the ability to easily convert the OCTOPUZ code into Panasonic specific code. Once the file is loaded onto the robot, it can immediately begin running the program, with no adjustments required.
Welding with OCTOPUZ is easy! To import CAD, simply drag and drop your CAD Models. To create a weld, select a wall and floor and click generate weld, and just like that your weld is programmed.
Programming Panasonic Robots is just as simple with OCTOPUZ. At Accumetal Manufacturing they employed the generate weld paths and quickweld features with their Panasonic Robot, with the capabilities to do touch sensing, weave welding, through arc seam tracking, touch before welds, and stitch welding with OCTOPUZ.
Panasonic robot code is very different from some of the other robot code structures. With a click of a button, OCTOPUZ code can be converted into Panasonic code resulting in a fluid process for the end-user.
If you are considering automation for your facilities paired with Offline Programming capabilities contact us to learn more about what is possible with OCTOPUZ. We also have a list of integrators we can put you in touch with if you are looking for help getting an entire robotic solution implemented.
When Aaron from Accumetal Manufacturing was consulted for advice on automation he suggested:
The OCTOPUZ team is very grateful to Accumetal Manufacturing and Aaron DeJong for working with us closely to further develop the OCTOPUZ for Panasonic features and allowing us to showcase the fluid solution OCTOPUZ can offer with Panasonic robots.