ESI Group has launched the latest version of its virtual reality (VR) solution IC.IDO 10.2, adding IDO.SolidMechanics and IDO.Elastic modules. The new modules are based on a physical simulation solver that provides fidelity of real-time behavior for rigid and elastic parts.

Industrial manufacturers use VR to experience future products and interact with them naturally and intuitively. By enabling engineers to experience a product early in its development, VR helps manufacturing companies ensure design feasibility and avoid costly design errors.

IC.IDO features models in real-scale and real-time, integrating material physics to simulate action. Users include Audi AG, Bausch & Stroebel, Boeing, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Ford, Gabler, MAN, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Renault, and Trumpf.

IDO.SolidMechanics enables the simulation of the dynamic behavior of multiple rigid components simultaneously. Operations such as assembly and joining sequences can be simulated more realistically, so production or service specialists can be involved more efficiently in reviewing realistic virtual models.

Inertia, gravity, collision, and sliding when handling parts are addressed in real-time. Motion sequences can be exported and reused in IC.IDO or third-party CAD software, alleviating extensive training and experience needed for traditional multi-body dynamics.

The IDO.Elastic module simulates 1D elastic components, including cables and hoses, predicting in real-time the dynamic behavior of individual flexibles and complete wire harnesses. Users can realistically simulate operations, assembly, and disassembly processes to quickly determine the ideal routing and materials to be used. Real-time assessment of the layout of elastic components can be done from the early stages of development process.

Michael Bock, VR expert at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says, “The desktop version of IC.IDO enables collaborative work between engineering teams while significantly reducing hardware cost. Thanks to this high-end digital mock-up solution, many issues can be solved immediately at the desktop, while preparing immersive review meetings.”

ESI Group

Fastems integrates PTC ThingWorx into flexible manufacturing systems

To add remote systems monitoring and condition-based maintenance to its flexible manufacturing systems, Fastems is adding PTC ThingWorx technology into its products.

By integrating the ThingWorx platform into its ICT systems portfolio and through remote monitoring, service professionals will be able to diagnose and resolve potential issues and service all equipment.

“Fastems’ mission is to enable efficient and reliable production for our customers in the metal working industry,” says Janne Harri Kivinen, CIO at Fastems. “With the implementation of ThingWorx, we can now offer customers new solutions and services that will allow them to enhance production, which in turn will lead to lower costs and increased production capacity. Customers and Fastems maintenance personnel will be able to keep an eye on operations from any location, while determining areas requiring service.”

Filip Stal, director of Nordic sales at PTC, adds, “As more devices become linked to the Internet, engineers and service personnel are able to see critical data in real time, optimize production, and gain insight into areas of improvement, while improving time to value.”



Precision vertical rotation stage

The AR59-AV motorized, 30mm clear aperture vertical rotation stage features a 180:1 precision worm drive and deep-grove ball bearings for a resolution of ±0.001° when microstepping (10 micro steps per step). The parallelism of the table is less than 50µm. The AR59-AV vertical rotation stage is designed for micro-robotics, metrology, vision systems, positioning of mirrors and lasers, laser machining or scribing, electronic assembly, testing, and photonics.

The clear aperture of the AR59-AV vertical rotation stage allows for vacuum and/or electrical lines and optics. A knob, placed on the motor shaft for manual positioning, may be replaced with an optical encoder for position verification.

The compact black anodized vertical rotation stage with 360° rotation and 30mm clear aperture measures 116.5mm x 80.0mm, and the base is 60mm x 60mm for stability with four countersunk mounting holes for integration into new and existing applications. The 59mm diameter table has eight drilled and tapped mounting holes for mounting of tooling, supports loads to 1kg, and a scale to display the angle of rotation. The AR59-AV vertical rotation stage is available as a plug-and-play system or with an optical encoder for position verification. A larger vertical rotation stage and standard horizontal rotary stages are also available.

Optimal Engineering Systems Inc.