May 26, 2010

Kreuz Robots Speed Up with Spatial's 3D Components

Tool Path Creation Time Reduced by 90%.

Broomfield, CO - Spatial Corp., a provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, today announces that Kreuz Co. Ltd., a manufacturing company specializing in deburring machines, has released Deburring CAM. The product incorporates Spatial’s 3D ACIS® Modeler, 3D InterOp, and HOOPS® 3D Application Framework components to significantly shorten the complex path creation time for their robots. Kreuz’s cutting edge deburring technology is utilized by companies such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Denso Corporation, and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Kreuz, headquartered in Japan, selected Spatial’s 3D components because they enabled them to achieve significant competitive advantage with the release of Kreuz’s robot simulation software. With Deburring CAM users are able to decrease teaching time by up to 90%.

“One of our biggest goals with our specialized deburring machines was to decrease the teaching time to create tool paths for deburring and simulation. Because the quantity of teaching points is large, a lot of time had been required for teaching preparation and teaching itself. In 2006, we started to create new 3D OLP software with Spatial’s 3D components to reduce the teaching time,” commented Shuichi Nakata, Kreuz President. “Though we had very limited expertise in 3D software development, we could develop the very rich 3D software by taking advantage of Spatial’s 3D components as well as Spatial's dedicated support. We finished the development of 3D functionalities in only ten months.”

Established in 1989, Kreuz is the one of the few manufacturers that specializes in the deburring machine. Customers choose Kreuz for this sophisticated machine, which allows for different types of deburring depending on the product. Previously they had to prepare for the teaching point map in advance and create teaching points by using the real robot online. When they compare the teaching time of the die-cast part, manual online teaching required 30 hours to create 269 teaching points. The offline teaching using DeburringCAM with Spatial’s 3D development components required three hours to create the same teaching points.

“Machine manufacturers are looking for ways to expand their market, improve their revenues, margins, and gain a competitive advantage. 3D applications offer all of these benefits while providing their users ease-of-use and improved productivity. Spatial offers these manufacturers, such as Kreuz, a technology partner that is an expert in 3D application development,” stated Junichiro Kochi Spatial General Manager, Asia Region. “Though the recent economic conditions have been a challenge for machine manufacturers, their interest in our technology and development services to improve their competitiveness has increased.”