The planning of complex production systems is a non-trivial task for the planning engineer. It requires thorough know-how and a well-trained imaginative thinking. At the same time there is a wide variety of often conflicting sub-objectives which have to be pursued simultaneously. So the planner depends on suitable planning tools to support his work.
3D-simulation contributes to easy design of production cells. However, even with 3D-simulation, the interactive planning remains a relatively complex and time consuming process. USIS (Universal Simulation System), a graphic robot simulation package (Milberg et al. 1993) which is developed at the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Engineering (iwb), uses largely automated procedures to support the design engineer at all important stages of planning.
This paper presents an approach to achieve a maximum support by fully automated layout generation. In addition, the automated layout generation also automatically provides adequate robot programs.
Ulrich Roszgoderer is working as a research assistant in the field of 3D-simulation at the iwb since 1994.
The objective of his current work is the integration of 3D-simulation into an assembly planning environment. He studied electrical engineering (and specialized on automatic control engineering) from 1988 to 1993 at the Technical University of Munich.
Doris Kugelmann is working as a research assistant in the field of 3D-simulation at the iwb since 1993. She works on the automatic generation of robot programs with 3D simulation to support an autonomous mobile robot. She studied mechanical engineering from 1987 to 1992 at the Technical University of Munich.