Process Robustness

In process design, feasible and robust processes ensure smooth and reliable stamping. Ideally, every blank and coil is stamped to produce identical parts that are within tolerance. However, presses that have been producing excellent parts for weeks can suddenly produce rejects under stamping conditions that appear identical. Since material properties vary from coil to coil and from blank to blank, even when cut from the same coil, and even within a single blank itself, there can be inconsistency in part production.

AutoForm´s software allows you to address stamping robustness issues. Since the software takes into account the noise and variability that are inherent in the forming process, a more realistic manufacturing environment is presented. As a result, the effect that the noise and variability have on the stamping process robustness is quantifiable and predictable. With this information, you can now develop the best product and tool designs for a robust stamping process. Potential stamping problems can be solved earlier in the vehicle development cycle, saving you more time and resources, which means faster time-to-market for new car models, with obvious advantages.

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