Consumer Goods expertise

The Consumer Goods Industry

An integrated, optimized process where all the design parameters are quantified and can interact with one another.

CAE tools have nowadays become a common industry standard to rapidly give companies the strategic elements, as well as to completely quantify the uncertainties/tolerances of the actual and simulated processes, in order to reduce waste and to conform to production quality standards (six sigma, among others).

New CAE software tools are continuosly being developed to progressively abandon the old “trial and error” method, which is slow and wasteful, in favor of an integrated, optimized process where all the design parameters are quantified and can interact with one another. Some notable examples of an integrated approach to CAE in the consumer goods industry are here reported.

In the field of household appliances, structural, thermal, fluid dynamics and acoustic analyses provide the possibility to improve performance, achieve packaging and product efficiency, and enable data-driven decision making during the design phase. The test phase, as a result, is only used on the actual prototype for a final inspection.

In sporting equipment production, the use of CAE is fundamental in order to simulate the behaviour of the sporting apparatus under extreme conditions, to test new materials as well as alternative shapes/modifications aimed at improving product performance before prototype production.

In the electronics field (pc, tablet, telephony), crash, thermal and electromagnetic analyses are performed using the finite element method (FEM), in order to improve the quality and duration of the produced items.

In the food industry, integrating Computer Based Engineering into production flow, not only for production machinery design, but also for packaging, conservation and fine-tuning of the production process itself, can provide a lasting competitive advantage to the manufacturer.

EnginSoft is a company that has based its competitive advantage on virtual prototyping since the 1980es, and has always been diligent in the training and formation of its technical staff in order to provide companies with the best solutions and the most suitable software for their specific needs.

EnginSoft’s strength is the multidisciplinary approach that includes all areas of Computer Based Engineering. In fact, its expertise covers all types of analyses for both product and process, including mechanical (structural inspection, exertion, crashes), thermal, thermal-structural, fluid dynamics, acoustics, electromagnetics.

Consumer Goods

Our expertise in Consumer Goods

CASE STUDY

Improving a coffee capsule machine’s capacity and performance using multibody simulation

Improvements achieved by optimizing laws of motion governing machine components

This technical article describes a project undertaken by OPEM to optimize and validate the laws of motion governing the moving operations of a machine that produces coffee capsules, namely the cut and weld unit, the film feeder, the conveyor and the support structure.

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Rocky DEM Helps PepsiCo Cut Costs with Virtual Product Testing

Simulations improve the accuracy of factory equipment set-up and help identify potential custom modifications in advance

More and more companies rely upon simulation tools to help develop high-quality products and reduce costs. PepsiCo, Inc. is using these simulation technologies to analyze and improve products and processes, such as material handling challenges.

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Refining the design of a spout for a laundry detergent

Particleworks enables fluid flow simulation combined with human-like behavior to improve product performance

In this case study, LION Corporation uses Particleworks to simulate fluid flow to improve the design of a new cap spout for its new HARETA brand of laundry detergent.

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Solving the chainsaw kickback problem with Maplesoft and ANSYS

Maximising chainsaw safety over the tool’s life by analysing the kickback problem and lifetime tool fatigue and performance

The avoidance or reduction of chainsaw kickback is a key safety feature for manufacturers. The challenges for engineers are to obtain more accurate analyses of the problem over the tool’s lifecycle.

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Analyzing the process of filling a flexible pouch by coupling multi-flexible-body dynamics and particle-based CFD simulation

Investigating the effects of the parameters to select the optimal machine configuration

Packaging companies are always striving to stay one step ahead of their competitors in providing the best solutions for product capacity.

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Gluers

Studying the dynamics of cam mechanisms is crucial to ensure reliable, efficient and fast machines

In this example, a gluer machine was studied using RecurDyn

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The impact of numerical analysis on the efficiency of cooker hood ventilation systems

Minimizes trial and error activities and costs and improves right-first-time results

This technical article describes how CFD analysis minimizes trial and error activities and costs and improves RFT – “right first time” – results.

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Analysis of the behavioral characteristics of detergent powder using Rocky-Ansys Fluent two-way coupling

This analysis attempts to understand the behavior of sticky detergent powders according to flow velocity using Rocky-Ansys Fluent two-way coupling.

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Steel Casting Optimization of a Gas Diffuser

An optimal gating and feeding system for the production of steel parts

The object of this study is a steel diffuser, which for obvious reasons needs to comply with very strict quality guidelines and industry regulations.

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Integrated Simulation of Commercial Pasta Manufacturing

The Virtual Optimization PAsta production process (OPAV) research project, which resulted in a simulation model

This study was part of the Virtual Optimization PAsta production process (OPAV) research project,

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Nautilus tech by Faber Spa: The new frontier for hoods ventilation

A Finite Element Method approach applied to product development for ventilation hoods

Faber Spa, which has designed and manufactured ventilation hoods for the past 50 years, holds a key global position both in terms of production and technology. It has achieved this position through strategic investments in research and development.

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Optimizing the Glass Clamping of a Pyrolytic Oven

An appreciable 30 to 40% decrease in stresses

The aim of this study was to find the best quality glass-clamping system, through parametric model optimization, for a new pyrolytic self-cleaning oven by Indesit.

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Printer

RecurDyn offers a dedicated toolkit to pre-process, solve and post-process problems involving flexible media

The final portion of the paper path of a laser printer has been studied using the Media Transport Toolkit to evaluate the influence of the corrugating roller which is used to corrugate the sheet to keep it straight before falling into the tray.

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