Japanese Robot Maker Taps Cenit’s Digital Twin Solutions

CENIT AG and Sugino Machine Limited have agreed on a strategic partnership to further refine Sugino’s robotics and automation solutions. In particular, CENIT’s proven FASTSUITE E2 software will provide the technology basis for the collaboration.

Sugino Machine is one of Japan’s leading providers of industrial robots and automation solutions. The company is based in Namekawa City and employs about 1,200 staff. It boasts a broad portfolio of industrial machines covering development, production and sales of high-pressure jet cleaning equipment, drilling units, and equipment for inspection and maintenance of nuclear power plants.

Ensures Robot’s Performance

In terms of robotics and automation, the company relies on simulation-based technology made by CENIT. This ensures the safety, performance and efficiency of Sugino’s robotics and automation solutions. Specifically, the FASTSUITE Edition 2 serves as a high-performance platform for SUGINO’s digital twin software. It enables offline programming, 3D simulation, and PLC validation.

Sugino’s new robot model “CRb” – the physical product and its digital twin in FASTSUITE

“For a typical automation system that incorporates a multitude of machines, components, sensors and robots, you must be able to conduct test runs and final commissioning on the ground, at the client’s premises,” explains Takeo Onishi, CEO of Sugino Machine. “For us, FASTSUITE-based topics like digital twin and offline programming, are a major resource for boosting quality, efficiency and profitability in our project execution.”

Together, they will now focus on leveraging FASTSUITE technology for consistent and continual development of Sugino’s robotics and automation solutions. These projects range from the initial installation of automation systems to changes in plant layout to full-scale re-engineering of entire facilities.

Peter Schneck (left), CEO of CENIT AG and Gaku Sugino (right), Vice President of Sugino Machine, agree strategic partnership on robotics and automation solutions

“We are proud to be part of SUGINO’s success as a proven technology partner in production technology and simulation solutions. In expanding our strategic partnerships and further refining our software competence, we strive to ensure our clients’ competitiveness and promote sustainable digitalization,” says Peter Schneck, CEO of CENIT.

Meanwhile, Gaku Sugino, Vice President of Sugino Machine, explains, “The strong performance of Sugino’s software products for robot simulation and offline programming is based on the FASTSUITE technology. We are certain that this will let us offer our clients the ideal tools for future-proof automation processes. Therefore, we are pleased that CENIT will continue to collaborate closely with Sugino as a software partner.”