Cometal uses Femap to cut costs and increase safety

By AlRobertson

Cometal Engineering engineers and manufactures extrusion plants and foundries for aluminum billets and the re-melting of extrusion scraps, serving markets throughout the world. Cometal develops the entire production chain, including extrusion presses.

The extrusion business is characterized by pricing sensitivity, which is where Femap helps Cometal achieve success by optimizing use of expensive materials and enabling maximum operating safety. Design is vital at Cometal, where design engineers work closely with customers to define the plant layout. Until recently, designers performed manual stress calculations, but with designs becoming more complex and unusual, more advanced analysis and simulation capabilities were needed.

Cometal Engineering Femap Model

Also, in the past, designs allowed for wider margins and oversizing. These days it’s necessary to calculate all weights and materials accurately to cut costs, driving the need to implement advanced tools like Femap for more accurate and sophisticated designs.

You can read the full case study and see how Cometal Engineering has adopted simulation software to help with more elaborate designs and minimize the need for physical testing.

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