The Engineering team at Raymont-Osman make full use of simulation software and methods for three primary purposes:
- Concept validation of a prospective product prior to manufacture
- Validation and proof of strength of existing products to ensure they are safe and unlikely to fail during normal us
- Fault diagnosis of products already within the manufacturing cycle
Our use of innovative simulation methods enable your design to be virtually validated before the need to invest in costly tooling or manufacture. This can be achieved following the creation of geometry in 3D CAD.
Stress Analysis and Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a simulation method designed to check the strength of parts, predicting potential failures. This can become particularly pertinent when a design becomes too complex to perform manual calculations. During this FEA process, our Mechanical Engineers will be able to pinpoint where a design’s weakness may be, allowing us to iterate designs quickly and effectively, saving you both time and money.
Plastic Injection Moulding Simulation and Analysis
Designing plastic parts often requires a substantial investment in tooling when beginning production. Without early-stage simulation and validation, this process can be fraught with project setbacks and unforeseen costs. Designing plastic parts can prove extremely challenging, particularly when predicting the flow of material during injection, which can be fundamental to the injection moulding process.
Injection Moulding Simulation, often known as MoldFlow allows our team to simulate the moldflow, filling and packing. Coupled with our experience of injection moulding, we are able to provide you with an accurate insight into how the part will be formed. This allows us to optimise your design for manufacture at an early stage, removing the need for costly tool iterations and the hassle and cost of months of development time.
We can engineer and optimise the performance of light pipes and lenses using software to model the path that light takes through a variety of materials, lenses and mirror. This can reduce the number of prototyping steps and tooling modifications.
At Raymont-Osman we are able to validate your optical components through the use of the RayViz optical simulation tool. This process allows us to analyse individual light rays exiting the light source, travelling along the optical path, encountering any refractive or reflective surfaces until they reach the target. This enables us to build a picture of the light distribution in your system. It is ideal for developing lenses, mirrors and light pipes and our Engineers to virtually tune them, which reduces development time, cost and risk.
Flow Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the simulation of fluid flow through a system. This may be used to simulate a variety of processes - from the lift of an aircraft wing to the convection heating surrounding electrical components and the flow of hydraulic fluid through a valve block. Working with Raymont-Osman, you will have a wide variety of simulation packages at your disposal, enabling all aspects of your product to be rigorously simulated and tested to meet your unique requirements.
SolidWorks Motion allows our team to analyse the movements, forces and energies of your mechanisms and review dynamic feedback. This allows us to measure live reaction forces mid movement, and ensure the prediction of failures and the necessary design improvements implemented without the need for physical prototypes at an early stage.
Simulation in Design
We work to a 4-stage process for simulation in design.
Should you require validation of your initial idea before the development of a fully-developed concept, then our wide range of simulation methods can help. Through simulation, our Engineers and Designers can explore the limits of potential designs whilst remaining within your specification. This process can be fully-tailored to any time and budgetary requirements that you may have.
Once a concept has been selected, simulations can be used iteratively to drive designs forward, both quickly and cost effectively.
Before your product goes into production, our team will perform final simulations aimed at minimising the risk during tooling or general manufacture. This way, we limit the likelihood of failures in the final stages of the production process.
Post Production and Fault Finding
Simulation can also be used retrospectively to support production. Common mould defects, or more complicated problems involving structural parts can be solved with corrective action using the above simulation methods. Should your product be experiencing issues, we are experienced in the diagnosis of post-production problems and the generation of solutions as they appear. For more information on how Raymont-Osman can solve your post-production problems, get in touch.