Why Would You Want a Machine Simulation?
So you can see what you're getting before you buy. Sure, CAD can help but it tends to be slow to develop and it's not animated. Don't you want to see your machine running
And there are lots of other reasons, as you'll see.
Selling and Communication
Now Everyone Can Understand
+ everyone can understand a 3D animation (especially compared to CAD, functional specs and spreadsheets)
+ the simulation becomes the source of truth for what the machine will do
+ beyond engineers now management, production, sales, health & safety, operators, electricians and facilities personnel can understand what is being proposed or delivered
Design and Planning
Know It Works Before You Build It
+ quickly prototype machines, HMIs, production lines, warehouses and more
+ run multiple scenarios
+ create time studies on material flow and cycle time
+ use AI for routing, pathfinding, learning, etc.
+ use a Functional Animation (TM) to define operations and intent clearly and quickly
Get It Right, Then Go To Site
+ put a machine on your PLC programmers' desk
+ develop and test PLC programs before the machine is built
+ ensure complex systems work as intended
+ test onsite PLC changes in simulation before downloading to production machinery
+ prove production code is complete and ready before going to site
+ automated testing - write tests once, then run every time the program changes