Support for Robot Simulation / Off-line Programming (I4.0 Integration)

During the ADI: Automated Drilling and Inspection project, TPR reached out to automate the creation of the virtual robot targets in to the virtual robot simulation environment. The answer wasn’t optimal from a TPR perspective – with its Owners prior experience going back to 1990, managing the sales/support/service bureau for Tecnomatix Robcad products in the UK.

It was soon apparent that the supply chain was heavily “vertically integrated” with challenges of horizontal information sharing. With the help of Siemens and their UK Value Added Resellers, we trained our team in multiple different products. This was primarily in the Product Lifecycle Management environment. But TPR also extended that to the shopfloor with full syntax automatic robot program generation with a FANUC robot, and TPR’s drilling and inspection solution.

This was a productive exercise for all parties. TPR is not looking to supply product training, but to supply awareness coaching, to know the right questions to ask. The savings made in the optimised use of digital thread were higher than the sale price of the TPR drill, or laser scanner.

The TPR split of the digital thread is broken down into 8 sub-systems

1 Concept Design

2 Product Design

3 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

4 Metrology Planning

5 Robot Simulation

6 Process Control / PLC

7 Robot Controller

8 Operations / Informatics / Verification / Feedback


Systems used: –

  1. Siemens PLM
    • NX Join
    • NX
    • NX GD&T
    • Process Simulate (including “SPOT” for drilling; “PAINT” for laser scanning; “OLP” for Off-line Programming (FANUC flavour)
  2. Innovmetric (3D Scanners)
    • Polyworks Collaborative suite including PMI+ and Polyworks Inspect
  3. TPR
    • Drilling system
    • Inspection System


The prices for TPR templates are included price for drilling and inspection systems

Coaching is via 8-off 2hr webinars (although bespoke site consultancy is available).

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