Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CUST 2012: delivering the state of the art and major innovations for users of NCSIMUL

Drawing over 130 user representatives, the 2012 edition demonstrated

the growing interest in SPRING Technologies solutions
SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions to enhance production processes, announces that its latest User Club conference, CUST 2012, held on November 9 in Frankfurt and November 20 in Paris, was an outstanding success for SPRING Technologies and its customers, beating expectations with over 130 attendees. In the world of machining, this annual gathering of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS user community has become a marquee event, providing an opportunity for SPRING Technologies and its customers to get together to exchange ideas, news and experience.
Each year, customers volunteer to present first-hand accounts of how they are using the solutions in the SPRING Technologies portfolio, and explain, with figures, the benefits and ROI they are drawing from their applications.
In France, CUST was honored to be invited by SAFRAN Group and was supported for event logistics by the ASTECH technology cluster.
KEY FIGURES:
·        2 events: Paris and Frankfurt
·        Over 130 representatives, +75 companies of all sizes, from SME to major groups
·        6 thematic workshops focusing on the main modules in the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS offering
·        A global satisfaction rating of over 16/20*
·        100% of attendees said they would come back or be willing to come back next year
*figures taken from the analysis of attendee satisfaction questionnaires at CUST 2012.                                                                          
HIGHLIGHTS:
SPRING Technologies presented its vision of the process/value chain, from CAD/CAM to the Workshop, and explained how its NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS offering fitted into this process. The company demonstrated its technological leadership and consolidated its position as a major developer and vendor, specializing in processes for the Workshop.
We made a number of announcements, previewing the technologies that we’ll be releasing in 2013,” explains Olivier Bellaton, General Manager of SPRING Technologies, “notably, the upcoming version of NCSIMUL, NCSIMUL Machine 9, whose cutting-edge technology has been demonstrated on the new Intel PC Ultrabook running in the Windows 8 Pro environment, a development that reflects our close partnerships with Microsoft and Intel. NCSIMUL Machine 9 makes optimal use of today’s standards in ergonomics and hardware capability, delivering an even more comfortable user experience. We’ll be releasing full details in January 2013 at our annual press conference.”
Process-oriented workshops focused on themes that are central to manufacturing expertise. This included key state-of-the-art manufacturing processes such as machining simulation, cutting tool management, cutting optimization, post-processors, technical content publication and real-time monitoring of CNC machine status.
These process-oriented sessions help users to clearly identify the benefits delivered by the solutions in our portfolio, dedicated to their business areas, and reveal the added value from our synergistic solutions. This synergy is what makes our offering unique on today’s market”, adds Philippe Solignac, Corporate Marketing Director of SPRING Technologies.
The last word goes to Gilles Battier, CEO, SPRING Technologies: “CUST has been designed for our customers and they are the people who make it what it is. This year again, the event was a huge success. We are proud that over 130 people came to our sessions in France and Germany.
We develop innovative and reliable technology that is an asset for manufacturers all over the world, in any sector of industry. Our mission is to offer our customers “smartsolutions that are Instrumented, Intelligent, Interconnected, and process-oriented to enable them to make the best possible use of their CNC machines in real time and for the duration. In a word, our aim is to help them maximize their productivity and safety in the workshop.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Medical Manufacturer Adopts NCSIMUL for Machining Simulation



To verify and optimize its machining operations, medical products supplier Paragon Medical, Inc., Pierceton, IN, has selected NCSIMUL, the CNC machine simulation solution from SPRING Technologies, Cambridge, MA.

Paragon Medical is a Tier-1 turnkey manufacturer of cases and trays, surgical instrumentation and implantable components. Paragon established its Global Design Center to enable the company to close the loop between development and manufacturing via project management, design, research, analytical testing and prototyping.

NCSIMUL, a component of SPRING Technologies' NC software offering of CAM software and services, is a comprehensive machine simulation software for simulating, verifying, optimizing and reviewing machining programs meant for CNC machines.

For the complete story click here 

Monday, December 10, 2012

“Unleash the Power of NC Simulation”. NSCIMUL 9.0 - Coming in Q1 2013 Trailer

In order to support the upcoming release of NCSIMUL Machine 9, SPRING Technologies is glad to share with you the trailer of NCSIMUL Machine 9, named “Unleash the Power of NC Simulation”.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

BOBST adopts NCSIMUL for its machining simulation

NCSIMUL cuts out mudas in the workshop, saves 50% of machine time,
and fits seamlessly into BOBST’s comprehensive Lean Manufacturing policy

As a supplier of solutions for the production environment, SPRING Technologies invites users to share their success stories. BOBST has implemented NCSIMUL, the machining simulation solution that is an integral part of SPRING’s NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS offering, and talks about its experience.

The Company:
BOBST is the world's leading supplier of equipment and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. The company designs and manufactures special machines, either standard or customized.

Founded in 1890 in Lausanne (Switzerland) by Joseph Bobst, the company now has operations in over 50 countries, 11 production plants across the world and a workforce of 5,000. In fiscal 2011, it generated 1.27 bn Swiss francs of consolidated revenue (around €1.06 bn, $1.4 bn).

Since January 2010, the group has been organized as three Business Units, the first two, Sheet-fed and Web-fed, offer equipment for a range of manufacturing sectors targeted by BOBST. The third, Business Unit Services, offers its customers full service, via BOBST’s global network of support centers, guaranteeing optimal operation of production resources.
With a portfolio of over 1,520 patents worldwide, BOBST invests 7% of its revenue each year in R&D, as well as high-performance technologies in order to maintain its rank as a top player on the packaging market.

The Challenge:
In Switzerland, BOBST has concentrated all its product development cycle processes at a single site, Mex near Lausanne, and has introduced the TEAM (Tous Ensemble A Mex) project to develop tight bonds and collaboration at the site. One of the measures it has taken is the acquisition of new 5-axis Mill-Turn NC machine tools and has reorganized its production tool around a Lean Manufacturing philosophy. Its goal is to optimize its production processes and resources in order to increase the share of added value for customers.

“Back in 2010 we started to anticipate the needs of our future production centre”, explains Pascal Fuchs, CAM system Manager at BOBST’s VPLM Group Competence center.
“We use CAD software ─ Dassault Systèmes CATIA ─ to create all our NC machining programs, to ensure that we could get our production resources operational as quickly as possible.”
BOBST evaluated and pilot tested other software on the market before opting for the machining simulation solution that best matched its environment: NCSIMUL from SPRING Technologies.
“We needed a solution that would integrate seamlessly with our CATIA CAM applications to ensure that our NC toolpaths would be reliable, and check our ISO codes, before the machine tool was even installed”, adds Pascal Fuchs.

This is why BOBST intends to improve its overall equipment effectiveness (OOE) in the workshop by reducing and even eliminating the checks on the physical NC machines.
NCSIMUL cuts out mudas in the workshop, and fits smoothly into our comprehensive Lean Manufacturing policy.

The Benefits:
The NCSIMUL solution from SPRING Technologies has proved to be an indispensable asset for the introduction of new production resources at the Mex site, and is part of the TEAM project. This has enabled BOBST to validate its new manufacturing concepts on complex machine kinematics, notably featuring 5 axes, multiple heads and collinear axes.

The simplicity and user-friendliness of the software, and above all the quality and reliability of the results have made it easy for all the engineers and technicians to take the machining simulation solution on board.
Currently, all the NC programs without exception are checked with NCSIMUL before deployment on the machine “and we have a maximum success rate”, says Pascal Fuchs.

“Previously, to bring a new 10-hour machining process for a part on stream, we spent four times longer, with the production machine tied up to set up and check the program”, he explains. “With NCSIMUL, we save 50% of machine time, i.e. 20 hours for the first machining run.”

Summing up his experience Pascal Fuchs says: “we have been working with SPRING Technologies for two years and our close partnership has enabled us to take NCSIMUL forward to match our needs. A truly win/win relationship.”

For more information on BOBST go to: www.bobst.com 

For more information on NCSIMUL or SPRING Technologies go to www.springplm.com






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Delcam and Spring Technologies Offer Direct Link from PowerMILL to NCSIMUL



Delcam and Spring Technologies have developed a direct interface between Delcam's PowerMILL and Spring Technologies' NCSIMUL software for machining simulation.

With the new interface, PowerMILL users will be able to simulate all of their toolpaths in NCSIMUL. This will make it easier for them to check and validate their milling toolpaths before sending them to a machine tool, a particularly important benefit for the many companies that are manufacturing high-value items, the company said.

To read more go to: http://www.mfgnewsweb.com/agx/archives.aspx?sv=srch83651t34&d=3&aid=4754

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

CUST, the annual NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS users conference, is gaining huge momentum in Germany and France!


On November 9th, CUST, took place in Wetzlar, Germany for the second year. The event was a huge success. Over 30 customers came from 20 companies (Including the most well renowned and largest manufacturing companies in Germany). Lots of positive feedback and comments circulated in the event followed by a competitive bowling match between the participants.

On November 20th, CUST (4th edition) will take place in Paris at SAGEM Worldwide HQs, SAFRAN Group. SAFRAN is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defence and security. Operating worldwide, the Group has nearly 60,000 employees and sales revenue of 11.7 billion euros in 2011.

There has been an overwhelming response to the event and attendance expected to surpass last year’s record numbers. This will be the largest CUST ever. There is still time to register.

SPRING Technologies is committed to its customers by offering the best solutions and as such there has been an incredible increase in the adopters of NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS worldwide.

We look forward to seeing you at CUST Paris on November 20th


Saturday, November 3, 2012

SPRING Technologies will showcase NCSIMUL Solutions at the Composites Engineering Show 2012


SPRING Technologies will showcase NCSIMUL Solutions at the Composites Engineering Show 2012.

Date: Nov. 7-8 2012

Location: National Exhibition Center, Birmingham

Booth: 652


This is the UK’s largest ever composites design & manufacturing event

This year, the Composites Engineering Show builds on its tremendous 2011 success, to bring together even more designers, engineers, technicians, materials specialists, procurement & management teams from OEMs and top tier organisations, to meet with supply chain partners across high-volume consumer products through to high performance advanced engineered products within sectors including:• Automotive • Motorsport • Aerospace & Defence • Transportation • Wind Energy • Offshore • Oil & Gas • Civil Engineering / Construction • Marine • Consumer Manufacturing and more . .

For more details on the event go to:  http://compositesexhibition.com/

For more details on NCSIMUL Solutions go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

SPRING Technologies will attend the Computer Aided Manufacturing Open day at the University Politehnica of Bucharest




SPRING Technologies will attend the Computer Aided Manufacturing Open day at the University Politehnica of Bucharest on November 19th 2012.

This event will focus on latest performances in the field of CAD‐CAM, Machines and
Cutting Tools. Another idea is to create links between complementary fields (education,
CAD‐CAM software, Machine tools and machining center, cutting tools etc ) in order to
help customers to increase the quality of their products.

The event will include the following presentations:
 Computer aided design
 Computer aided manufacturing
 NC – simulation
 Machines and advanced systems of manufacturing
 Cutting tools & cutting parameters
 Raw materials
 Quality control
 High productivity machining ‐ cutting demo
 Round table and conclusions – MSP department

The event will take place in the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Faculty of
Engineering and Management of the Technological Systems (IMST) amphitheater CD008


For more details on the event click here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

SPRING Technologies will showcase NCSIMUL at JIMTOF 2012


SPRING Technologies will showcase NCSIMUL solutions at JIMTOF 2012, in Tokyo Japan.

Location: Tokyo International Exhibition Center

Booth: E5006

Date: Nov 1st through 6th 2012


JIMTOF is the 26th Japan International Machine Tool Fair. The purpose of JIMTOF is to contribute to the development of industry and trade promotion through increased inter-national transactions and technical exchanges o machine tools and their related equipment.

It would be wonderful if you can stop by the SPRING booth, we always look forward to speaking to great individuals.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Collaboration Extends Machine Simulation for GibbsCAM Users with NCSIMUL


SPRING Technologies Releases GibbsCAM Plug-in for Direct Access to NCSIMUL

MOORPARK, CA – October 16, 2012 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron (NASDAQ: CIMT) company, and SPRING Technologies,  developer of NCSIMUL, a major standard for NC program simulation and feed rate optimization, announced results of a collaborative effort with the release of the SPRING Technologies NCSIMUL Plug-in for GibbsCAM. The plug-in provides GibbsCAM users direct access to the NCSIMUL application, which assists programmers with NC program analysis and verification, and provides machine-tool simulation with error and gouge detection. After NC programs are corrected of errors and gouging, and fully verified, NCSIMUL provides options to optimize program parameters to improve toolpath cycle time and cutting tool efficiency. The NCSIMUL plug-in is supported by SPRING Technologies, and is immediately available, worldwide, from SPRING Technologies and its resellers.

While the standard GibbsCAM machine tool simulation works from the GibbsCAM program data before postprocessing, and uses machine-tool models created by the user, NCSIMUL uses the machine-ready, postprocessed NC program, (G-code/ISO code), enabling simulation and analysis one step closer to actual machining. It also provides an extensive library of kinematic models of lathes, turning centers, machining centers and multi-task machines, saving users the time required to create precise models of their own machine tools.

“We are pleased with our new association with SPRING Technologies, and the development of this plug-in for GibbsCAM,” said Robb Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning of Gibbs and Associates. “For many years, our approach to complementary technology that improves customer productivity has been adoption, not reinvention, so the integration of NCSIMUL with GibbsCAM is exciting, as it can help our customers improve cycle times, tool life and surface finish with analysis and optimization at the last step before machining.”
"With this integration, we hope to help GibbsCAM users achieve higher productivity through the toolpath analysis, verification, simulation and optimization NCSIMUL provides,” said Olivier Bellaton, General Manager of SPRING Technologies. “For them, the NCSIMUL Plug-in enables direct access to our machine-tool library, and all the functions designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the machining process.”

For the GibbsCAM user, the NCSIMUL plug-in is more powerful than as a stand-alone application for two reasons. First, for ease of use and user productivity, GibbsCAM is a fully integrated application that never requires the user to leave the GibbsCAM environment to complete programming operations. To maintain this integrity, the plug-in is accessed and activated from the GibbsCAM menu bar. Second, as a plug-in, NCSIMUL imports GibbsCAM solid models of part, stock, fixtures and other workholding devices, plus tooling parameters, to develop the 3D tools required for full and accurate simulation.

For more information about GibbsCAM go to: www.GibbsCAM.com
For more information about NCSIMUL go to: www.NCSIMUL.com




SPRING Technologies invites French and German users to CUST 2012


For the 4th year, the SPRING Technologies Users Club (CUST) plans to bring together 
some one hundred customers on November 9 and 20


SPRING Technologies, vendor of dedicated NC solutions to enhance shopfloor productivity, announces CUST 2012, the annual meeting of users of its NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany on November 9, then in Paris, France on November 20 2012.
The agenda will include:
·        Strategy, partnerships with CAM vendors and NC machine-tool makers, a keynote address by Gilles Battier, CEO of SPRING Technologies
·        Success stories presented by major groups and SMEs based on their experience of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS portfolio
·        A market review: state of play and trends
·        Demonstration of new features
·        “Process and solutions” workshops: an opportunity to share ideas and tips for getting full value from the SPRING solutions technologies.
“In the last 4 years we have created a strong user community: people who enjoy getting together once a year to share and exchange ideas and information, not only about how to use our products, but also about the processes they have deployed”, explains Gilles Battier.
“This year, we are making a strong statement in the international arena, and more particularly in Europe, by staging our first ever German edition of CUST. We are proud that each year we have had more and more people attending. We are expecting the 2012 edition to bring together a terrific cast of experts in manufacturing. This is because our customers work at the leading edge of French and German industries. The event is important for SPRING because one of our strengths is our ability to work closely with our customers.”

For more information on SPRING Technologies go to: www.SPRINGPLM.com




reThink Engineering will showcase NCSIMUL at AMTS



reThink Engineering (A SPRING Technologies Reseller) will showcase NCSIMUL at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show from Oct 24th until the 25th.

Location: Dayton Expo Center (Vandalia, Ohio) - USA

Booth #310.

reThink Engineering is offering 10% off all software ordered between 10/24/2012 and 11/30/2012. You must get your badge scanned at AMTS in the booth #310 to be eligible.

For more details on reThink Engineering go to: http://www.rethinkeng.com/

For more details on NCSIMUL go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com

For more details on AMTS go to: http://www.daytonamts.com/

Sunday, October 14, 2012

SPRING Technologies will exhibit at SIANE in Toulouse, France


SIANE connects companies and individuals across multiple industries.

Whether you are in the market for production equipment, manufacturing tools, manufacturing or even simulation software. SIANE is the right place for you.

SPRING Technologies will showcase its NCSIMUL Solutions to the public.

NCSIMUL is a comprehensive machine simulation software for simulatingverifyingoptimizing and reviewing machining programs meant for CNC machines. NCSIMUL aids in the reduction of costs and insures profitability around the manufacturing process. 

Date: Oct 23 - 25, 2012

Location:
Parc des Expositions de Toulouse
Michel Roundabout Bénech 31030 Toulouse cedex 4 
Tel: 05 62 25 45 45 - Fax: 05 62 25 45 00 
info@toulousexpo.com - www.toulousexpo.com

SPRING Booth:
C05 - C07, Hall 6

For more information about SIANE go to: http://www.salonsiane.com/

For more information about NCSIMUL Solutions go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

CRAFT chooses NCSIMUL to support its machining simulation



Company Overview

CRAFT, a Japan-based company, has been operating its prototyping facility in Akita since 1993. It provides fast mold manufacturing with unique high-speed (40,000 rpm), high-precision steel cutting technology. The molds are in NAK80, P20, and even hardened steel rather than aluminum or composite materials, making them highly reliable dimensionally and cosmetically, and enabling both high-quality prototype and production moldings.

Challenge

CRAFT’s Akita Factory introduced NCSIMUL in July 2008: “In 2008, we realized that we needed a simulation system as we were going to introduce 5-axis machining driven by CAM software”, says K-Sasaki.

“With 3-axis machining, it is easy to predict machine movement by tracing machine coordinates, but when you step up to 5-axis machining, this becomes much more complex. 5-axis machining multiplies the risk of collisions with the spindle or table that we could ignore before. This is why decided that a simulation tool was essential.” (K- Sasaki).

CRAFT bench-marked competing software and finally chose NCSIMUL, because of its wide and rich panel of functions, friendly user interface, not to forget its very affordable price. Good operability and manageability were also factors that swayed the final decision. “Of course, functionality is vital, but we also need a system that is easy to use and understand. So, we consulted the staff at our machining site, and they convinced us we were right to go for NCSIMUL.” (K- Sasaki)

Benefits

Machining Engineer, S-Sasaki has this to say about 5-axis simulation with NCSIMUL :
“Initially, I was not convinced that we needed a simulation tool. I was afraid it might make our process more complicated. But, when I used NCSIMUL for the first time, I was surprised just how easy it was to use. I set it all up in just a few clicks.”

He goes on :
“the advantage of NCSIMUL is that it enables me to run virtual simulations of my machines. We can operate it with the same environment as the real machine tools.”

The superiority of NCSIMUL lies in the ability to prove all the details in programs, sub-programs and macro variables. In fact, NCSIMUL really is a virtual machine.

S-Sasaki also praised the user-friendly interface: “The 3D window, information window (display errors) and program window are all interconnected. So it is easy to see all the error points. We can edit the G code if any errors do occur, and also confirm it immediately. With its great operability, error detection capability and editing function for problem-solving, NCSIMUL is a favorite with all the engineers at our machining site.”


For more information on CRAFT go to: http://www.craft-corp.com

For more information on NCSIMUL go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com