Robotics Surface Engineer

Robotics Surface Engineer

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Product #: 6CP-RSF-PLC

Description: Manufacturing/Production

  • Optimize the coating process - RSF helps reduce the waste associated to coatings processes. Robot trajectories can be optimized to dispense the proper amount of paint without wasting robot motions or materials.
  • Leverage support for advanced logic and I/O in device programs. RSF allows users to create input and output signals between robots and other devices. Input and output ports can also be easily created from an external file. An easy-to-use interface accesses advanced logic programming instructions; logic commands let the user insert conditional statements (if-then-else) and looping statements into the robot task.
  • Optimize and re-use trajectories - Automatically optimize robot motion by computing standard parameters such as turn numbers, arm configuration, gantry positions and rail values along a robot trajectory. RSF also provides tools for optimizing cycle time and creating a collision-free path. The user can copy or mirror existing robot tasks. The cloned or mirrored task also includes all supporting data. This facilitates the re-use of robot tasks when other robots are performing similar tasks elsewhere.
  • Share swept volumes from the robot task - Users of RSF can create a swept volume of the robot or the tooling based on the motion in the robot task. The volume can then easily be shared with tool or product designers to communicate the robot or tools working envelope.
  • Use Realistic Robot Simulation I (RRS-I) for increased simulation accuracy - RSF allows users to simulate robot tasks using the motion control software found in the real robot controller. This provides extremely accurate motion trajectory and cycle-time simulations. The RRS-I protocol is used to connect the 3D simulation with the robot vendor’s motion control software. The user can integrate these native robot language programs into a larger multi-mechanism, station-level simulation with full validation and offline programming capabilities.


  • Accurate surface based programming - RSF uses the surface representation of the 3D model to create robot trajectories. This gives the user an accurate path that follows the contour of the surface. The user can input the number of passs, the direction, and the overlap. This surface based robot trajectory is ideal for multiple robot applications such as painting, spray sealant, flaming, and others.
  • Graphic representation of material deposition - RSF users can model the spray nozzle and pressure parameters of the spray gun. As the robot moves the gun across the surface, RSF graphically represents the thickness of the material deposited on the surface using different colors or on a graph. The granularity of each representation is determined by the user. This allows the user to produce highly accurate robot programs and reduces wasted materials.
  • Robot Line Tracking - RSF performs line tracking for the user. When products are on moving conveyance systems, the robot needs to be able to track that motion in order to provide a quality finish. Automotive paint lines, for example, almost exclusively use moving conveyance systems. Robot line tracking ensures that the robot trajectory is followed with a high degree of accuracy, no matter where the conveyor is moving or how fast.
  • Simulation that eliminates programming errors and rework - Powerful PLM simulation in the immersive environment gives programmers upfront validation of cell layout, tooling designs and advanced robot programs using product geometry in the factory context. They can simulate sequences in multi-robot cells to optimize productivity. RSF includes the Realistic Robot Simulation I (RRS-I) standard for increased trajectory and cycle-time accuracy. Reachability, analysis, collision detection and cycle-time analysis tools eliminate rework and programming errors.
  • Fast, simple robotic workcell layout - RSF lets users choose from an extensive library of robot and controller models from all major industrial robot manufacturers. Auto placement and workspace envelope tools help users position the robot in a reachable position and benefit from early feasibility studies.
  • Early discovery and resolution of design for manufacturing (DFM) issues - RSF lets users perform robot task feasibility studies early in the planning and detailing stages, reducing the need for costly product changes.