Plan robotic cells more easily


Automation specialist KUKA has released a new version of its smart simulation software, KUKA.Sim 4.0, with added functionality and faster workflows.

Besides importing CAD data, KUKA.Sim 4.0 enables easy offline programming of a robot and fast cycle time analysis. In addition, safety spaces can be configured graphically in 3D, and the stopping behaviour of the robots can be simulated.

The new KUKA Robot Language (KRL) editor provides two user views for programming the robot: one for experts and one for beginners. While a visual program tree makes programming possible even without KRL knowledge. The 100% data consistency also ensures that the virtual controller and the real controller work with the same data.

With the KUKA.Sim Modeling add-on, a customised component library can be created from the user’s CAD data – such as kinematic systems, sensors, material flow or physical behaviour. The new Connectivity add-on allows users to commission the cell virtually, creating a digital twin for greater planning reliability and the best possible implementation. With the Arc Welding add-on, users speed up their offline programming for welding applications.

Thanks to the export option, integrators can export a simulation as a 3D PDF which the customer opens with Acrobat Reader. Detailed information in 2D for mechanical commissioning can also be provided via the export feature. And one of the highlights is product presentation using a virtual reality headset. Tablets and smartphones also deliver impressive simulation results on the go via the Mobile Viewer app.


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