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Simulation Technology

Over the last 10 years we have invested in one of the most technically advanced cold rollforming design and production engineering operations of its kind, ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency at every stage of the process.

This investment has seen the incorporation of a suite of sophisticated computer simulation tools. These are used to generate models of elastic and plastic deformation behaviour, material stress and strain evolution, together with full process animations and evaluation of the finished product, giving us the rich data we need to optimise both product design and production processes.

Our capabilities in this area extend across the process of rollforming, from calculation of product performance to roll and press tool design, enabling us to:

  • Quickly evaluate the performance of new products and systems
  • Assess the roll tooling design to minimise potential forming defects
  • Optimise complete tooling design ahead of physical manufacture
  • Reduce trial production costs
  • Support our customer with their own product development
  • Build a comprehensive database of tools and design principles

We recognise that validation of simulation data is key to this technology. For this reason, we regularly combine simulation technology with physical testing to ensure the results we simulate match reality as closely as possible.

Examples of analysis carried out using this technology include:

  • Complex product bending (3 and 4 point)
  • Global and localised buckling (under compression)
  • Acoustic behaviour of rolled products within a system
  • Screw and bolt slot pull through
  • Product cutting (shear and crop cutting)
  • Full system simulation to BSEN testing standards

Please challenge us with your rolled product simulation needs, and we will find a solution!