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Machine Design concepts with MechDesigner.
When starting a machine development, many different options need to be evaluated quickly and accurately. This is often done on static media like drawing boards or CAD. These can give a good overview of how big the machine elements and assemblies need to be. They do not give a good understanding of how well the machine mechanisms and tools will Interact.
We have developed MechDesigner to work with 3D CAD to allow the machine designer/developer to very quickly assess the concept in motion.
Case Packer concepts can be quickly assessed for speed and impact
Case Packers usually have mechanisms to erect or form the case, load the product, and then glue and close all the panels. This is typical in many Packaging Machines. The mechanisms can be driven by cams, air-cylinders and /or servo motors.
This simple example design starts with modeling the Case Erection in MechDesigner. The opening of the pre-glued, side-seam case and then closure of panels can be phased correctly by designing and simulating their motions using MotionDesigner. The mechanisms can then be designed around the desired motion of the case.
MechDesigner can be used to evaluate different case packer concepts because each concept design can be quickly built and evaluated for speed of operation and impact severity
Even Pneumatic Actuators
Pneumatic cylinders are low-cost and compact but offer little motion control
Many Machine OEM's apply air cylinders to make tools move because they are low-cost and compact.
This pragmatic approach will manage to erect, load and seal the case, but will reduce the potential performance of the machine.Read more >>>
Motion Control to avoid Impacts, Vibration, Noise
Good motion control is needed to avoid impacts, reduce vibrations and noise
How do you design multi-axis machines with the required motion control to:
Multi-axis Motion Design for complex machines
Motions design for multi-axis machines
Mechdesigner allows each axis to be designed in isolation but viewed together with all the other axes on the machine.
In a multi-axis machine, each motion is intrinsically linked to adjacent axes. So it is impossible to design each axis in isolation. For example, if two adjacent axes are effecting a transfer at a station, then both must dwell at the same machine angle for the same sufficient period of time for reliable transfers. The two axes are , linked at that transfer time in machine angle.Read more >>>