Ponsse, a global leader in forestry machines
Ponsse Plc. is a Finnish company that specializes in the sales, service, manufacturing and technological development related to cut-to-length forestry machines. Ponsse is definitely a worldwide frontrunner within the forestry machine industry as it employs more than 1,000 people, has subsidiaries in 10 countries and manufactures a wide range of harvesters, forwarders and other machines.
Currently the company is manufacturing around 1,000 machines per year. In order to stay ahead of the competition, Ponsse is also commissioning approximately one new robot station per year.
Previously, robot programming was done online and it took about five days. Online programming also meant that the robot had to be stopped while the programming was done. Naturally this lead to serious cost issues as manufacturing was easily delayed.
Offline programming of welding robots
In order to dramatically reduce the time it takes to program a robot, Ponsse has adopted an offline programming solution. The solution is the result of close partnership with two independent and successful software developers: Delfoi and Visual Components. Known as Delfoi ARC, the solution combines Delfoi’s knowledge of offline programming with the powerful Visual Components platform.