Advanced Engineering UK Show 2018 - PRODUCT NEWS
New NI Data-Logging Software Addresses Key Automotive Challenges
FlexLogger software helps validate new and rapidly evolving technologies to keep pace with vehicle electrification and ADAS - all without programming.
AUSTIN, Texas - May 22, 2018 - NIWeek - NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of a software-defined platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems, today announced FlexLogger configuration-based data-logging software for validation test. With intuitive workflows and integrated data management, FlexLogger helps automotive test departments quickly capture accurate, well-documented data to verify system functionality in real-world conditions and comply with strict government regulations.
Technology innovations in areas like active safety, electrification and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication are disrupting how the automotive industry designs, tests and produces vehicles. Rapidly evolving components and systems including sensor fusion, high-capacity batteries and deep learning demand a higher volume of testing with accurate, traceable results to exceed safety-critical expectations for quality and reliability. These trends are pulling automotive test departments in different directions, intensifying challenges to build increasingly complex, mixed-measurement test systems under compressed timelines, while managing the explosive growth of collected data.
Engineers can use FlexLogger to help simplify test configurations and extract key insights with sensor-specific workflows to acquire and log synchronized, mixed measurements - no programming required. They can quickly integrate analog sensors, digital pulse frequencies, CAN signals and calculated channels that are all logged to the universal Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) file format, so data can be correlated and analyzed to accurately characterize an entire system. These capabilities also address similar challenges faced by test departments in other industries including heavy equipment, aerospace, appliances and academic research.
For example, heavy equipment manufacturers like CNH Industrial design and produce variations of powertrain systems for different vehicles like agricultural machines, construction equipment, trucks and buses. Each system has unique specifications for functionality and performance, which means every test has different requirements to integrate new sensors and industrial protocols.
"Characterizing a combine harvester drivetrain requires a mix of different measurements including pressure, temperature, current, CAN and shaft speed," said Andy Tarman, lab test engineer at CNH Industrial. "FlexLogger makes it easier to troubleshoot and verify that the raw data from different sensors are correct before I start my test. This helps shorten test development by saving time typically wasted on redoing configurations."
These configuration-based workflows are the cornerstone that now empower technicians to streamline test development, integrate new measurements and manage data using NI's flexible software platform and modular hardware. For example, leveraging NI's data management expertise, FlexLogger automatically logs descriptive metadata about the test configuration including sensor and hardware acquisition settings for easier traceability. Test departments can improve access to data and effectively communicate results to the organization using DIAdem data management software to find, analyze and report on FlexLogger data.
To meet demands like testing higher complexity DUTs and shorter timeframes, engineers need tools tailored to their needs that they can efficiently use through their workflow, helping them to meet their exact application requirements. FlexLogger is the latest addition to NI's software-centric platform that features products tailored to needs within distinct stages of their workflow - products that have been adopted in whole or in part by more than 300,000 active users. With LabVIEW engineering system design software at its core, DIAdem data management software handling overall data analytics and reporting and SystemLink managing assets and data, this workflow improves the productivity of test and validation labs across many industries. Each piece of the workflow is also interoperable with third-party software to maximize code/IP reuse and draws on the LabVIEW Tools Network ecosystem of add-ons and tools for more application-specific requirements.
For more information, visit ni.com/flexlogger.
NI (ni.com) empowers engineers and scientists with a software-defined platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI's solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.
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Pentaxia celebrates 10 years of progress at Advanced Engineering Show
Derby-based advanced composites manufacturer Pentaxia is thrilled to be celebrating 10 successful years in business at the Advanced Engineering Show.
To mark ten years of progress, Pentaxia will be celebrating its ongoing success on Stand M85 and look forward to welcoming customers old and new.
With 39 new staff already recruited in 2018, the move to a former Rolls Royce composite facility in Alfreton Road completed and the new AS9100 Revision D quality accreditation achieved ahead of schedule, Pentaxia's growth in the manufacturing and composites market, has been dramatic.
Director Stephen Ollier commented: "It's been an incredible ten years for Pentaxia, and we're excited to be celebrating our anniversary along with the Advanced Engineering Show. We have grown rapidly in the last ten years and are continually looking to the future, investing in both our staff and facilities. We know that demand for advanced composites from original equipment manufacturers is rising, and with our new quality accreditation plus a fully equipped 70,000 sq2 facility, we're ready to embrace the next 10 years!"
For more information about Pentaxia, visit www.pentaxia.com
Derby-based Pentaxia was formed in 2008 and specializes in the manufacture of advanced composites for the aviation, motorsport, luxury automotive and general engineering markets. It is highly vertically integrated, carrying out nearly all operations from design through to the production of painted final products, in house. This gives the company a rare capability to manage complex projects on tight timescales to demanding quality standards.
With quality standards ISO 9000 and AS9100, Pentaxia can operate in all market sectors and all parts of the world. Its blue-chip customers range from major aerospace companies, to front of the grid F1 teams and world-famous luxury car manufacturers.
Pentaxia invests in staff training to meet growth needs and employs several graduates and apprentices, winning the SEMTA National Skills Champion Award in 2014 for its work with the long-term unemployed.
Contact: Maria Marsden
Tel: 01332 574870 Ext 266
New VERICUT version on display at Advanced Engineering 2018
Hove, England - CGTech will demonstrate the new version of VERICUT® CNC machine simulation and optimisation software at Advanced Engineering 2018, on the 31st October - 1st November 2018 stand R45.
Machine simulation with VERICUT detects collisions, close calls and detects over-travel errors. With input from thousands of users worldwide from every industry, the focus of VERICUT 8.2 has been to provide features that improve simulation visibility, speed workflow, and streamline each user's verification process. These include a Right-Mouse-Button Ribbon which puts favourite VERICUT functions just one click away, and provides convenient access to external applications that programmers find useful. In addition, a configurable Head-Up Display (HUD) improves simulation monitoring and visibility by showing the NC program, or machining and cutting status information, overlaid on top of VERICUT's graphical views.
VERICUT 8.2 also adds Force Turning. Force is a physics-based NC program optimisation module that analyses and optimises cutting conditions to achieve ideal chip thicknesses, while managing the cutting forces and spindle power required. Force Turning optimises turning, and mill-turn operations, when combined with Force Milling. Force Turning makes it easy for anyone to create NC programs for optimal cutting of inside/outside diameters, shoulders, as well as in corners and tight spaces - without the worry of encountering excessive cutting forces or high spindle power demands.
Finally, with the latest software release comes advancements in VERICUTs Additive Manufacturing capabilities. Even more realism has been added to additive simulation, and it detects many common error conditions programmers face when creating additive parts. Additive material can be applied "as programmed" via the additive path, or projected to the part surface for a more "natural" deposition behaviour.
CGTech will also demonstrate Composites 8.1 release of VCP and VCS, which features a completely redefined Graphical User Interface (GUI), enhanced suite of programming and analysis tools, and redefined methodology through the use of the powerful new Laminate Manager. The Laminate Manager helps users easily manage files, processes, and batch actions for the entire composite laminate. Internal refinements ensure that large projects are now able to be programmed and simulated in a fraction of the previous time
CGTech's VERICUT® software is the standard for CNC simulation, verification, optimisation, analysis, and additive manufacturing. CGTech also offers programming and simulation software for composites automated fibre-placement, tape-laying, and drilling/fastening CNC machines. VERICUT software is used by companies of different sizes in all industries. Established in 1988, and headquartered in Irvine, California; CGTech has an extensive network of offices and resellers throughout the world. For more information, visit the CGTech website at www.cgtech.co.uk, call +44 (0)1273 773538, or email email@example.com.
New Fiber Patch Placement concepts for aerospace
Cevotec expands application range by multi-material layup for sandwich structures and new software features
Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) has become the preferred technology for the automated production of complex fiber composite components. The additive manufacturing of components with suitably-sized patches is used especially in the aerospace and automotive industries, for medical devices and sports equipment. In close cooperation with leading manufacturers of components for the aerospace industry, Cevotec further develops the entire patch placement process according to the requirements of the industry.
Cevotec's FPP specialists are particularly interested in complex sandwich components with their sophisticated material mix, such as adhesive films, glass fiber and carbon fiber layers. These different materials are used to improve the adhesion and processability of carbon fiber material with the often-used aluminum honeycomb sandwich cores. "The SAMBA Multi production systems, which we are currently developing, enables the automated lay-up of this special multi-material mix in one single system," reports Felix Michl, Cevotec's CTO. In addition to glass fiber fleeces, metal structures and wood cores, also honeycomb cores, solid foams and additional materials have already enjoyed load-adjusted fiber patch reinforcements. Depending on process requirements, this can be done in-line or parallel to line production to optimize cycle times.
SAMBA Multi has parallel feeding units for different materials that are processed in one production system and placed precisely on 3D sandwich cores or preforming tools. By mounting the FPP unit on a linear axis, the concept also enables the production of particularly long and wide components in aerospace applications. Adapted to specific component sizes, the patch grippers are scaled to DIN-A5 and DIN-A4 size to meet the requirements of common aircraft components. An integrated gripper station enables the exchange of grippers during the process.
"The automated multi-material lay-up of complex sandwich components has an extremely positive effect on process times and thus the production volume," explains Thorsten Groene, Managing Director of Cevotec: "The fiber deposition with controlled pressure and can enable manufacturers to skip intermediate compactions and thus reduce process times significantly." In addition, Groene continues, FPP sustainably reduces recurring production costs in many applications. "Material savings of 20% - 50% play a major role, of course, but automation with FPP often enables further optimization of the overall process."
Additional potential for cost saving results from the continuous quality control and monitoring during the production process, enabled by the numerous sensors integrated in the SAMBA systems. Particularly in the aerospace industry, an industry that does not forgive mistakes in manufacturing, the composite parts produced in today's semi-automated production are often subject to individual unit tests to ensure specification compliance and therefore a maximum degree of flight safety. Working with Fiber Patch Placement, sensors of the production system monitor key parameters of the production process: from cutting the patches from a tape spool to pressure-controlled fiber deposition. In particular, a special vision system checks each individual patch for quality and dimensional accuracy before further processing in order to guarantee that 100% of the input material is according to specifications. This reduces the required effort for the final inspection enormously and lowers the non-pass rate of produced parts.
Production data are analyzed and compared with a database of previously processed patches. Deviations can be promptly detected and appropriate corrective measures can be taken. The system becomes more intelligent with each patch processed in the database. On the basis of this data, process tolerance specifications can be minimized, which in turn guarantees a consistently high placement quality. The time and cost required for single unit tests are significantly reduced.
On the software side, Cevotec now offers a plug-in for the modeling software HyperMesh, one of the leading FEA preprocessors. Based on the data defined in PATCH ARTIST regarding geometry, position and alignment of the patches, the ARTIST STUDIO plug-in automatically generates a detailed image of the patch laminate in HyperMesh. The contour of each individual patch is used to model fiber orientations and overlap areas. Ply-based shell models as well as solid and cohesive zone models can be used for analysis, which can be performed on both sublayer and patch level.
In addition, the new module TAPE ARTIST features all the functions for efficient laminate design with endless fiber tapes for AFP processes to combine laminate planning for AFP and FPP. Seamlessly integrated into the software platform, TAPE ARTIST transfers the laminate to MOTION ARTIST for process simulation and machine data generation.
Like SAMBA Multi, the new ARTIST STUDIO features will be presented to the public at Advanced Engineering and are available towards the end of the year.
Cevotec enables manufacturers to build complex fiber composites in high volume and quality - by smart process automation based on Fiber Patch Placement technology. With SAMBA, Cevotec offers customizable, automated fiber lay-up systems for challenging 3D geometries and multi-material laminates with complex fiber orientation. ARTIST STUDIO is the matching CAE software for generating patch-based fiber laminates and automated robot programming. Along with development services that include FE-based modeling and simulation, Cevotec offers the entire process chain from digital design to final fiber product.
More information: https://www.cevotec.com
82024 Taufkirchen b. München
Phone: +49 89 2314 165 - 0
For more information on the Advanced Engineering 2018, or to register to secure your free ticket for the show, visit: www.advancedengineeringuk.com
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