FANUC UK is offering its ROBOGUIDE and CNC GUIDE simulation software programmes as free trials until the end of September, as part of an effort to kickstart industry following the recent challenges we’ve all faced. Both of the programmes are designed to enhance productivity by providing users with the ability to run offline simulations from standard PC equipment.
As manufacturing industry starts looking to ramp up production, efficiency-boosting software can clearly play a role as we emerge from the lockdown. FANUC’s Andy Armstrong comments: “The past few months have been challenging for manufacturing industry, with many factories operating at very limited capacity. The road ahead will be difficult, but one thing is for certain: businesses that combine efficiency and flexibility of production, with the expertise of their employees, will be best positioned to bounce back. Our ROBOGUIDE and CNC GUIDE software allows users to get the most out of their equipment, boosting efficiency to the highest level possible. We want to support customers in their recovery, which is why anyone who registers through our online portal by 30th June will have access to the free trial, and a 25 per cent discount on the full product when the trial ends.”
ROBOGUIDE simulates the motion of FANUC robots, as well as the overall production process, and can be used for offline programming as well as creating a 3D simulation environment to design and optimise applications efficiently. This can then be transferred to robot controllers in the production environment via Ethernet connection, thus minimising machine downtime. It features an integrated CAD database that gives users access to all FANUC robots, machines, and simple tools, which means that even complex applications with multiple robots can be simulated and tested.
CNC GUIDE emulates the FANUC CNC exactly, allowing users to write, simulate and test part programmes on their computer. Machine tool builders can use it to support customers remotely, simulating machine programs and providing advice in case of programming errors. The company says that CNC GUIDE can also be useful for educational institutions that offer training for CNC programming. Since it shows the keyboard of a real FANUC CNC, the operation of FANUC controllers can also be trained in the form of distance learning on a PC without the need for a real machine tool. Andy Armstrong concludes: “As we embark on life after lockdown, it is likely that manufacturers will become more aware of the potential benefits of automation. Offering free trials of ROBOGUIDE and CNC GUIDE will facilitate a greater understanding of how automation can increase productivity, and ultimately benefit the industry as a whole.”
Follow the link to download the free ROBOGUIDE and CNC GUIDE trial.