Leading service provider for the automotive industry Nitator is Sweden’s leading contract manufacturer for the automotive industry. It provides high quality services in product development and construction of automotive parts and assemblies that cover initial design, project management, prototype, and series production.
Shorten lead time, increase cost effectiveness Nitator needed to increase automation in its development processes to shorten lead times and be more cost effective. One of Nitator’s goals was to design its fixtures right the first time before going to production. Nitator decided to adopt Dassault Systèmes’ (DS).
DELMIA PLM Express’ Robotics capabilities to simulate robot welding parts before executing these tasks on the shop floor. In addition, since Nitator is equipped with robots built by different manufacturers, the company also needed a unique yet open solution like DELMIA that can create programs for each of its robots.
“It normally takes about 40 hours to
program a robot on line in the workshop
and during that time we cannot use the
robot - it is idle,” said Magnus Eriksson,
Technical Manager, Nitator. “But when we
program the robot off line in a virtual 3D
environment, we can reduce robot idle time
Benefits in quality, lead time and customer satisfaction, Nitator engineers program the robots in the virtual environment and design the welding fixtures in parallel, which has helped the company shorten lead times. They then simulate welding the part with DELMIA, which provides valuable information on how to optimize the robot’s path and improve the design of the fixture. “Once the robot program has proven its efficiency in a virtual environment, we can manufacture the fixtures with confidence since we already know they do not obstruct the moving robot arm,” said Eriksson.
Nitator needed to shorten lead times and increase cost effectiveness when delivering design and production services to its automotive customers.
Nitator chose DELMIA PLM Express to increase automation of its welding processes and to benefit from the solution’s dedicated offline programming tools for welding.
Thanks to DELMIA, Nitator improved welding quality, optimized fixture design and reduced robot idle time by 90%.
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