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Graphic element Special simulation software for tool design in the fasteners industries
     
 
New simulation software based on non-linear finite element analysis (FEM) automatically transforms drawings and performs critical analysis, reducing costs and increasing value.
 

The making of fasteners or buttons is an ancient industry characterised today by the use of almost as ancient technologies, machines and procedures. New competitors, mainly from far east countries, are now making this situation untenable for the European fastener industry.

This project focused on the development of simulation software based on non-linear finite element analysis (FEM) for designing tools for use in the fasteners industry. Specific aims included the reduction of development time and costs for new tools and simulation capabilities for orienting production towards more complex added-value fasteners. A specific pre-processing module automatically transforms a simple tool-drawing into an FEM model while a post-processing module allows critical analysis of design results.

Benefits for end-users include a 25-fold increase in tool life and a 50% reduction in tool development costs. Moreover, the project's 2D-software can be upgraded to 3D with a friendly interface. Partners say their new system will help European producers keep up with low-priced imports from countries with lower labour protection standards.

Cordis RCN: 42888
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