The production of special dies is time-consuming and costly. A range of special software is required to control production processes. The CloudFlow platform now unites special simulation programs in one place and makes them available to users online.
(Darmstadt/Rostock/Graz) The field of polymer extrusion is a special sector of material processing. A solid or viscous plastic mass is heated and liquefied before being continuously compressed into the desired form through the shaping opening of an extrusion die. This is how everyday objects such as films and pipes are made. However, the manufacture of the required dies is time-consuming and expensive. Special software, both for the simulation of liquids and solid structures, not only needs to be connected in an intricate process, but also purchased in the first place.
The newly developed CloudFlow platform automatically connects all necessary special software. By linking two Cloud solutions, data exchange between the two simulation programs is simplified whilst accelerating the work process.
The required special software is made available online on the CloudFlow platform. Business models like Pay-per-Use offer even more flexibility to the user. The servers running in the background provide very high computing power. The purchase of expensive hardware, complex installation, and licensing on the customer's local computers are therefore a thing of the past. This also results in savings in raw materials, time, and energy.
“Smaller companies in particular are often unable to afford the use of expensive engineering software,” explains Professor André Stork from Fraunhofer IGD, Coordinator of CloudFlow. “Small engineering firms rarely need special solutions, so buying the software does not pay off. Corresponding projects are therefore either passed on to specialists or not taken on at all.”
Austrian CloudFlow partner EMO Extrusion Molding GmbH is already reaping the benefits of this opportunity. As a tool manufacturer, EMO specializes in the production of flat slit dies for film and sheet extrusion. Thanks to the improved work processes, EMO can now offer cost-effective products with a higher level of quality.
INO, a German engineering company for numerical optimization methods, which has carried out the simulation and optimization of flat slit dies, and will be able to serve more customers and offer new simulation options thanks to faster calculation times through the HPC cluster.
Independent software suppliers like DHCAE Tools GmbH are other firms to benefit from CloudFlow. The provided CloudFlow servers offer extremely high computing power for solving complex tasks. Quick work is also made of large computing problems thanks to High Computing Performance (HPC).
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You can also take part in our CloudFlow workshop at Hannover Messe on April 26, 2017, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, in the Heidelberg Room, Convention Center. For more information, please see our website www.igd.fraunhofer.de/en
CloudFlow is a collaborative EU project between 47 partner institutions from 13 European countries. CloudFlow is funded as a joint project within the 7th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (grant agreement no. 609 100).