Solution for Product Development: Application Examples

The Solution for Product Development results provide valuable feedback on key stamping quality issues. Formability assessments concurrent with product development help identify and resolve potential problems on the part such as splitting and excessive thinning or potential for wrinkling. The Solution for Product Development application ensures desired quality and minimum cost for the stamped part.

Part Feasibility during Pre-Program Phase at Ford Germany

Ford was the first automotive OEM in Germany to implement AutoForm-OneStep and AutoForm-DieDesigner software solutions (Solution for Product Development) for stamping feasibility analysis early in the product development cycle. According to Christian J. Pomberg, Supervisor Forward Planning & Vehicle Line Interface Stamping Engineering at Ford Germany:

“Our department is responsible for the planning and procurement of robust and efficient auto body tools for our new products. With AutoForm software solutions we are able to determine at an early stage the feasibility of the stampings taking into account quality criteria, design goals and state-of-the-art materials. A positive feasibility analysis allows us to then start process planning. Our goals are to minimize risk, to reduce tooling development costs during the entire product life cycle, and to strictly adhere to or even shorten delivery dates. This is our contribution to Ford’s Computer Aided Manufacturing Strategy.“

Franke Increases Production Quality of Kitchen Sinks –
An Improvement of More Than 500%

Franke Küchentechnik AG of Switzerland, a leading manufacturer worldwide of kitchen sinks and washroom systems, has reduced the reject rate in their stamping of complex stainless steel sink from 14% to 2.5% - an improvement of more than 500% - using AutoForm-OneStep software (Solution for Product Development). Mr. Christian Bomatter, Franke Küchentechnik’s Development Manager explains:

“AutoForm-OneStep (Solution for Product Development) is used for all of our new deep-drawn and stamped parts, for the optimization and reengineering of existing parts, as well as for feasibility studies based on FEM assessments. Simulation has become an integral part of our work, and it is now deeply anchored in our quality procedures. AutoForm-OneStep (Solution for Product Development) offers us many advantages: We can make appropriate assessments about new sink designs and their formability, we better achieve our design objectives, and we can design parts at acceptable formability limits with a lot more confidence.”

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