Computerworld. March 26, 1984, Vol. 18 Issue 13, p12SR
Robots, Simulation, Performance Prediction, Simulation of Computer Systems, and Testing -- Other
There are three major advantages to using computer simulation for testing robot systems. First, the time and materials spent on physically prototyping alternative robot work cells is reduced or eliminated. Second, the need for on-site testing is eliminated. Third, the possibility of a programming error causing harm to personnel or equipment is reduced. The major disadvantage to using simulation is that computer simulations are never perfect representations of the real world. Users must be careful to understand how well real world applications are being reproduced. Three simulation screen displays are included.