European Springs & Pressings Ltd, a company in the Lesjofors Group, has invested in expanding its services and technical expertise. The company has purchased a state-of-the-art 2D and 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) system with a bespoke press tooling design package and spring simulation package. In addition, an automated vision measuring system has been installed.
Before springs, wire forms and pressings are manufactured, the 3D CAD systems enables the components to be designed and manipulated in a virtual environment. Furthermore, the simulation package allows stress analysis, and complex 3D geometry can be modelled over an entire operating cycle. This can predict potential areas of concern and assist in optimising the component design.
Simon Taylor, the Internal Sales Manager at European Springs & Pressings, comments: "This sizeable investment in our new CAD system is a revolutionary approach to spring manufacturing, allowing us the freedom and potential to operate in new, innovative ways. With ten CAD stations the system allows each of our toolmakers total access to its range of impressive functions, and gives us the ability to receive and manage all 3D CAD formats. With the bespoke tool design we will be able to reduce design time by up to 60 per cent, which will commensurately decrease both the cost and time to market for our customers."
Together with the new 3D CAD system, European Springs & Pressings Ltd has also invested in an automated vision measuring system. The new AVM system provides for increased precision in measurement to an accuracy of two microns (0.002mm), while offering remote measurement of up to 99 dimensions of up to 200 parts simultaneously.
Simon Taylor states: "Our new AVM system represents a fantastic investment for the company. The entire system is linked to our server, meaning we are able to carry out and store ISIR, line inspection and capability study information with increased efficiency and accuracy. What is more, because of the dramatic reduction in inspection time, we can increase both the regularity and level of inspection whilst reducing the actual overhead cost."
For more information about the new design and inspection facilities, or to contact European Springs & Pressings Ltd about springs, pressings, wire forms and gas springs, go to www.europeansprings.com.
European Springs & Pressings Ltd
Chaffinch Business Park
+44 (0)208 663 1800