Jul 13, 2011

Con-vey Keystone Leverages DELMIA Robotics to Enter New Markets

Simulating Processes Gains Confidence of Con-vey Customers.

Dassault Systèmes today announced that Con-vey Keystone of Roseburg, Oregon, has invested in the DELMIA Robotics solution for simulation of its automation processes. Originally applying the solution to its core competency of designing material handling systems for the wood products industry, the company has recently used the DELMIA simulations to gain entry into new markets such as food and beverage palletizing, welding and drilling.

“We are closely tied to the housing market, which has been a little soft,” said Scott Patterson, Con-vey sales engineer. “By applying our material handling and simulation expertise via DELMIA Robotics to other markets, we have been able to diversify our company and gain new customers.”

Con-vey worked through DELMIA channel partner EOS Solutions of Rochester, Michigan on the purchase and training of the solution and has embedded the DELMIA Robotics solution into its strategy as a standard part of the sales process. The company believes that simulating its systems in a 3D virtual environment provides an advantage over its competitors by proving to customers that they can achieve their goals in an optimal way. “EOS has been very helpful, spending whatever time necessary to get us up and running – they’ve been great to work with,” added Scott Patterson. “A moving picture of the process clearly illustrates that the proposed system can achieve the throughput without any clashes or interferences.”

Prior to purchase Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA, Con-vey was implementing a particular robot manufacturer solution, which often resulted in long lead times. The DELMIA solution, which comes with a large robot library, as well as the ability to add in new robot models as needed, provides greater breadth of capability to the company. Additionally, the solution has the flexibility to import 3D models from various CAD systems. The solution is being used for cycle analysis, throughput and robot reachability/collision analysis. Patterson believes they have just scratched the surface of the solution’s capability and hopes to expand into inertia analysis.