SolidWorks Simulation FEA in Material Handling Equipment Design Validation
SolidWorks Simulation - Material Handling Design Validation for Higher Safety, Better Life and Lesser Cost


SolidWorks Simulation:  Benefits in Material Handling

Imagine saving 2 Tons on a 6 Ton structure without compromising on Performance, Deflections/ Stresses and Safety.  Weight savings in material handling equipments has a cascading effect.  Let us say a scissor platform weight is reduced by 20%.  The bearings, structural elements, hydraulics, actuation systems, pumps , electricals among others have a downward revision in specifications, resulting in lesser cost.  Above all the operating time gets reduced as well.  Primary influence in such cost reduction initiatives is design.  Bill of Materials used for Cost Estimation comes directly from Design.  Weight reduction in BOM directly results in Cost savings.  This is exactly what SolidWorks Simulation empowers design engineers to do.

Salient features of SolidWorks Simulation such as Welded Structure validation, Assembly level stress analysis, contact stress calculations in addition to load estimation in actuating systems, mechanisms among others, help designers arrive at high-performance low cost designs - a USP for any manufacturer faced with predatory pricing from competitors.

Why invest in SolidWorks Simulation when Standards and Codes stipulate Design requirements?

Standards and Codes are guidelines used in Material Handling Equipment Design.  Imagine a scenario wherein two manufacturers are bidding for a project using the same Standard/ Code calculations.  One of them has adopted conventional design practices and arrived at a BOM to estimate cost.  The other manufacturer, after arriving at a basic design using procedures prescribed by codes/ standards, has done weight optimization in terms of plate thickness, pitch and spacing of diaphragms used (say in Gantry girders), reduced weld running length, lower sized bearings for a lesser weight super structure among other initiatives.  Who would have the better chance of winning the order, leaving other common cost parameters apart?

Standards/ codes, of late, also recommend performing FEA ( Finite Element Analysis) when the construction becomes complex, safety is a superceding consideration or seismic certification is required.  If a material hanling equipment manufacturer answers any of the questions given below in affirmative, then SolidWorks Simulation delivers on the challenges.
  • Is Profitability under threat due to predatory pricing?
  • Will next generation of growth come from existing products and technologies?
  • Is Warranty an issue?
  • Is an accurate BOM a requirement at the RFQ Stage to know profitability up-front?
  • Is Cost Reduction a requirement to stay profitable?
  • Does our customer deserve the best from us - in terms of product functionality, cost and quality?


Capability Matrix of SolidWorks Simulation for Material Handling Design

Functional Capability
SolidWorks Premium
SolidWorks
Simulation Professional
SolidWorks
Simulation Premium
SolidWorks Flow Simulation
Assembly Stress & Deflection for load bearing members, conveyors
Available
Available Available
Mechanism Simulation for Scissor Platform, Actuation Systems
Available Available Available
Welded Structure Simulation for Beams, Girders and Structures
Available Available Available
Failure Prediction in Structures, Fasteners and Assemblies, conveyors, stackers

Available Available
Compare and Optimize Alternative Designs for Weight Reduction

Available Available
Estimate Natural Frequencies of Girders, Booms, Crushers,

Available Available
Estimate Buckling Loads on diaphragms, girders, stiffeners

Available Available
Heating and Cooling Simulation in Gearbox, Oil Tanks, Hoist Brakes and Operating conditions

Available Available
Drop Test Simulation

Available Available
Repeated Loading Simulation

Available Available
Forced Vibration Simulation and Response to Earthquakes


Available
Non-linear Dynamics of Elastomers, Seals, Advanced Tooth Contact Wear in Gears


Available
Simulate Plastic Parts


Available
Fluid Flow Simulation for pumps



Available