Plant & Works Engineering
New braking distance simulator
Published:  26 May, 2021

ABB says its new RobotStudio now offers unprecedented accuracy for calculating robot stopping distances to optimise operator safety

The company says its RobotStudio offline programming and simulation software has been upgraded with a new virtual robot braking distance function designed to create an exact simulation of the real-world stopping distance of a robot. Enabling the robot’s braking distance to be accurately calculated, the function overcomes the need to add safety margins into cell designs, enabling space savings of up to 25%.

Predicting exactly where a robot will stop depends on a range of variables including speed, payload and the robot's own inertia. These factors, individually or combined, can result in the robot coming to a halt outside of its safety zone.

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