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Siemens has sponsored this post. Swiss engineering company Mechtop designs custom conveyor systems like the one pictured here. Image courtesy of Mechtop AG. The Swiss are known for many things: fine chocolate, lightweighted cheese, multi-functional military instruments. Engineering company Mechtop AG, based in the Swiss municipality of Wangen bei Olten, may be adding custom conveyor systems to that list. Founded in as a machinery maintenance company, Mechtop later switched its focus to custom mechanical structures such as conveyor systems, mostly for the food and beverage industry.
Designing Conveyor Systems When Mechtop pivoted its focus in , it needed to find a CAD program suitable to design its conveyor systems. It was serendipity that the company began using Siemens Solid Edge, a familiar application to the employee tasked with the project.
Image courtesy of Siemens. In a proposal for a major food retail chain operator, Mechtop had designed a conveyor system for a container cleaning plant. With a few days of training from Cytrus, Mechtop had begun using Tecnomatix Plant Simulation to create a model of its container cleaning conveyor system.
The inline cleaning system included a stacker, destacker and buffer zone for the food containers. Interruptions as short as half an hour would cause problematic container shortages at stores the next day. Mechtop needed to show that its system design was up to the demanding task—and quickly, if it had any hope of being granted the contract. It includes tools for discrete event simulation, statistical analysis, 3D modeling, genetic algorithms, graphical visualization, reporting and more.
Mechtop used Tecnomatix Plant Simulation to verify its conveyor system design for the food container cleaning plant. Image courtesy of Mechtop and Siemens. They quickly implemented a material flow simulation to prove the efficacy of their design. To do so, the company needed to integrate its original mechanical design.
In less than two months, Mechtop had developed the full digital twin of its container cleaning conveyor system and definitively demonstrated that it could meet the requirements. The company successfully acquired the container plant contract, and Bachmann credits Tecnomatix Plant Simulation with helping Mechtop cross the finish line. Mechtop and Plant Simulation Today Pleased with its initial success with Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, Mechtop has maintained its use of the software to validate its conveyor system designs.
In fact, Mechtop is so impressed with the simulation software that the company is planning to offer new services based around its use of Tecnomatix Plant Simulation. For example, to virtually validate and optimize new use cases of systems or to predict material emissions with foresight before the systems are built.
Tecnomatix Plant Simulation 15 – What’s New?
These models enable analysis of material flow, resource utilization and logistics for all levels of manufacturing planning from global production facilities to local plants and specific lines, well in advance of production execution. In this latest release of Tecnomatix Plant Simulation we have focused on the area of material routing on conveyor systems and machines and added additional strategies and capabilities for operators carrying parts, making it much easier to set up and maintain simulation models for manual production processes. Additionally, material transport through transporters and vehicles driving directly on the shop floor opens new ways of modeling flexible transportation and logistics systems based on automated guided vehicles AGV. Completely new functionality is provided with the introduction of cost-related attributes and evaluations. The predefined and extendable cost report covers investment cost as well as material and production cost per piece. You will also find enhancements to existing functionality, like the new Breakpoint Manager, offering a new level of help during debug sessions for your simulation models.
Tecnomatix Plant Simulation
Using simulation, complex and dynamic enterprise workflows are evaluated to arrive at mathematically safeguarded entrepreneurial decisions. In general the Material flow analysis is used when discrete production processes are running. These processes are characterized by non-steady material flows, which means that the part is either there or not there, the shift takes place or does not take place, the machine works without errors or reports a failure. These processes resist simple mathematical descriptions and derivations due to numerous dependencies. Before powerful computers were available, most problems of material flow simulation have been solved by means of queuing theory and operations research methods. In most cases the solutions resulting from these calculations were hard to understand and were marked by a large number of boundary conditions and restrictions which were hard to abide by in reality. The user can create individual Dialog boxes using double-byte characters and offering individual parameterizations.