Market News Software standard for increased production efficiency

Editor: Steffen Donath

Different formats and standards are often the opponent to efficiency. Now, a new standard aims to combat this problem on the way to Industry 4.0.

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A uniform standard saves time and money in the long-run.
A uniform standard saves time and money in the long-run.
(Source: Simcom)

The best products and components are created by a holistic design of development and production processes. In the best case, all data on material properties and behaviour are available in the entire workflow. Up to now, however, many different interfaces have hampered the flow of data between the parties involved. Different file formats often require extensive manual adjustments during data transfer and slow down the current progress towards Industry 4.0. Simcon has now joined forces with about 30 international partners in the VMAP - Virtual Material Modelling in Manufacturing project. Their goal: a uniform, manufacturer-independent standard for the optimal exchange of information in development and production with Computer Aided Engineering - CAE for short. Simcon's Cadmould simulation software is a key development tool for the plastics manufacturing industry.

Under the project management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI, the standard is intended to improve the entire value-added chain in industrial production: The smooth, automated communication will significantly simplify the design process and reduce cycle times in design optimization. In addition to Simcon, other renowned industrial companies such as Audi, Bosch and Philips, software manufacturers from various industries and several universities are participating in the ambitious project.