Production simulation has come a long way
Production simulation has developed considerably in the last decades. Today manufacturers are able to put together complex 3D simulations and accurate material flow calculations with moderate levels of technical expertise. In a recent interview, Juha Renfors, CEO of Visual Components talked about the situation of the 3D simulation market.
Huge potential for small and medium sized companies
“The emergence of the Digital Factory has had a big impact on production planning,” says Renfors. “Manufacturers could, for the first time, make throughput calculations and 3D manufacturing plans virtually, without full-on physical testing.”
The Digital Factory had limitations, however. “The methods could only be used by large companies that had the means to acquire such expertise. Even then it was mostly large projects spanning over several years that were important enough for simulation,” Renfors says.
According Renfors, it is the SME’s that could most benefit from simulation software. “With fewer manual resources, the potential benefits are proportionally bigger the smaller the company. That was one of the realizations we had when we were starting out.”
3D simulation for everyone
Visual Components, has a vision of good quality simulation that could be used by anyone. “Money aside, a major limiting factor in using methods like these was the level of engineering knowledge needed to use the programs,” Renfors says.