Automation Explorer is a state-of-the-art technology where users will virtually experience and interact with SCHUNK automation technology in a highly immersive and detailed, physics-based simulation tool.

Immersive Simulation Tool for Automation Programming

July 20, 2023
Going beyond digital twinning, the new function will present photo-realistic imaging of manufacturing environments, advanced robot control software, and automation technology.

SCHUNK and Ready Robotics are partners in developing a new automation tool, the Automation Explorer, to allow users to experience (virtually) and interact with Schunk automation technology in “a highly immersive and detailed, physics-based simulation tool.” They aim to define simulation capabilities that will support specification, deployment, and re-deployment of automated systems.

“Automation Explorer will bring confidence to both new and experienced users of automation that their process is being optimized to its full potential," stated Schunk USA president Milton Guerry.

Automation Explorer combines NVIDIA Isaac Sim, READY Robotics’ ForgeOS, and SCHUNK’s automation technologies. According to Schunk, the new tool will go beyond the functionality of digital twinning with a combination of photo-realistic imaging of manufacturing environments, advanced robot control software, and world-class automation technology.

NVIDIA Isaac Sim, built on NVIDIA Omniverse, is a simulation platform used to develop, test, and deploy AI-based robotics applications. Its physics engine makes it possible to present users with detailed, realistic simulations that closely emulate real-world conditions. READY Robotics is the developer of ForgeOS, the industrial OS for robots and automation, and a pioneer in cutting-edge automation solutions that overcome the obstacles faced by manufacturers.

Simulating process automation with physics-based calculations means more accurate visualization and optimization before a robot ever reaches a production floor. Kel Guerin, co- founder and chief innovation officer at READY Robotics explained: “By connecting ForgeOS and NVIDIA Isaac Sim, customers will be able to control any robotic hardware and SCHUNK peripherals in simulation and the real world, in exactly the same way.”

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