Visual Components interviewed Edward House, CEO and president at In-House Solutions, a Canada based provider of CAD/CAM, DNC, PCMM and Robotic programming software solutions, to hear about his experience working with Visual Components and the development of OCTOPUZ. The future is exciting!
A powerful simulation software
The In-House Solutions – Visual Components collaboration began when In-House Solutions contacted Visual Components about the possibility of working together towards building more flexible solutions for robot off-line-programming. “We had this idea for a product that could perform off-line-programming of robots as well as handle the vast array of simulations manufacturers typically need,” said House. According to him, Visual Components was an ideal candidate for the role. “We found Visual Components to be a very powerful simulation software in a competitive price range. Also, the people at Visual Components were knowledgeable, open and progressive with their company plans.”
And with that, OCTOPUZ (pronounced Octopus) was born.
Since the beginning of their collaboration, In-House Solutions has experienced a number of valuable benefits from using the Visual Components tools as a foundation for OCTOPUZ. These include being able to provide their customers extensive savings in time, especially in the field of off-line-programming, great flexibility in application development and, more importantly, many satisfied customers.
OCTOPUZ is flexible and versatile
In-House Solutions has extensive off-line-programming expertise and what they initially were looking for was above all a platform that could be used for developing a number of different applications. “Visual Components is an extremely versatile platform for OCTOPUZ,” said House. “We can visualize the entire process from start to finish rather than focusing on a single facet. The robot library available is extensive, and it includes configurations and brands that are not programmable with other software packages. The ability to use Python scripts also allows us to customize the software, so we can provide the end user with the best solution for their specific application.”
Hard-to-believe benefits to customers
Simplifying their customers’ processes is often one major goal for an In-House Solutions customer process. “Very often our customers have very complex robot paths. They are used to spending a lot of time on manual path generation.” OCTOPUZ is known among its users as a time saver, however, according to Edward House, the In-House Solutions customers often have a hard time believing just how much more effective the company can make their processes. “They won’t believe it before they see it! We have to literally break it down for them. We do a lot of sample applications to actually show how it works.”
Indeed, the time savings In-House Solutions has been able to provide to their customers with OCTOPUZ are impressive. The time spent on path generation is cut to at least a half of what it previously was. Often it’s closer to 80 or 90 percent. “We are counting the amount of saved time in days,” said House. “Generally path generation used to take several days to complete. Now we can do it in a matter of hours! No other software makes processing large paths this fast.”
Customer support is included in the In-House Solutions service package after installation, this includes simulation support, training and robot cell reprogramming. “We strive to, for example, train our customers to easily update their own robot cells using OCTOPUZ.” said Edward House.
A deepening relationship
While there are other simulation tools available, Visual Components was the top choice for In-House Solutions and OCTOPUZ. “In our field, many companies use visualization and off-line programming tools. However, none of those tools are as sophisticated or as powerful as Visual Components,” said House. “No other tool offers all the functions on one platform in its price range.”
In addition to being able to offer considerable benefits to their customers, In-House Solutions also sees advantages in their sales. “Very often we encounter customers who have worked a certain way for decades. It’s not the easiest thing to come in and say that, look, you need to change. However with OCTOPUZ we can show the factual benefits of making the changes. Once they see them for themselves, the customers are easily convinced.”
In-House Solutions and Visual Components continue to work together. “You know, it’s the whole package,” said House. “Easy path generation with excellent visualization and simulation capabilities at a great value. What more can you ask for?”