Displaying the layouts in beautiful 3D PDFs
Another clear advantage of the Visual Components solutions for Fastems is the possibility of presenting layout plans in 3D.
“There is a huge difference between a layout in the usual PDF format compared to a 3D PDF. The client can zoom into any detail in the layout and, more importantly, they can actually see the plan in action!”
As a Visual Components user, Fastems has been able to send out five times more proposals than before. “We would never have been able to create layouts this fast with our old CAD software,” Mika Laitinen says.
Multiple robot brands on one platform
Simulation technologies are commonly used in the field of robot integration, but very often those simulations are robot-specific.
Fastems operates independently of any specific robot brand. With Visual Components, Fastems was able to bring multiple brands or FMS to a single platform.
“We are an open integrator, so we do not want to be too tied to one or two brands of robots. Now, instead of struggling to maintain competence for all kinds of different robot brands and their very specific sets of tools, we just use Visual Components as our platform. That’s pretty great,” Mika Laitinen says.
Less time programming: from 4 days to 2 hours
Visual Components has provided Fastems with the opportunity to significantly save time in robot programming.
“We are able to do 90% of programming in simulation. Sure, there are restrictions in some processes, and we need to do a bit of manual programming too, but, honestly, the time we save is measured in days,” Mika Laitinen says.
“Overall, our robot programming time was reduced from an average of 3-4 days to only 2-3 hours. In robotic cell setup, the time used has gone down from 5-10 days of manual programming work to 2 days with Visual Components offline programming.”
Why did you choose Visual Components?
Mika Laitinen is confident the collaboration between Fastems and Visual Components will continue. In fact, using Visual Components for layout planning will be expanded to a number of new business areas within Fastems.
“Visual Components is a really good partner. We can actually influence what we get, and we really appreciate that. The Visual Components solutions are simple, good looking and easy to use, and the fact that a product this effective is also affordable really sealed the deal for us. I think the results speak for themselves.”