19. June 2012

Virtual Design Review finds Great Demand in Medium-Sized Businesses

The assessment and approval of products is effected in design reviews. For a long time companies have been depending on the manufacturing of real prototypes in order to get Design Reviews.

Many questions in regard to the shape and characteristics of a product can be solved at an earlier stage now by virtual prototypes. The typical questions in Design Reviews are:

  • Function: How does the processing work at the construction? Which alternatives are more suitable?
  • Accessibility: Is the service and maintenance of the facilities possible? Are all components accessible?
  • Optical characteristic: Is the new machine designed and colored in a contemporary fashion?
  • Layout: Is the placement of the robot in the manufacturing cell ideal? Are there any collision risks?

The binding and resilient assessment of virtual prototypes yet makes high demands on the realistic presentation and interaction with the product model. In order to visualize 3D and behavior models of complex products it is crucial to access specialized high-performance systems. Such visualizing systems are investments that small or medium-sized businesses cannot always afford. That is why the Heinz Nixdorf Institute offers these businesses the possibility to conduct virtual design reviews in our in-house competence center for virtual prototyping and simulation. It finds great demand in medium-sized businesses.

The Friedrich Remmert GmbH develops and produces solutions for stock and logistic processes for long loads and metal sheets. A construction for the machine producer AMADA has been developed, that transports and arranges cut-pieces made of round and rectangular solid-, and hollow material. The modularly built automation solution consists of a hydraulic portal gantry manipulator, material handling and a 6-axis-robot. The approval of the plant design was carried out on the basis of a virtual prototype that has been presented to Japanese customers in the competence center for virtual prototyping and simulation. The observer was able to explore the complex in a three-dimensional room from various viewpoints. In this way, the composition and functionality of the complex could be defined in a short time span. Mr. Remmert, the manager of the Friedrich Remmert GmbH says: “The realistic 3D presentation of our stock systems on a 1:1 scale makes it possible to adjust and approve the ideal design with the customer. Therefore the Design Review safes us a lot of money and time.”

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