Part 2: Presentation from the Automotive Engineering Expo
In this blog post we reveal highlights of the exclusive Hemming Masterclass presentation seen only by those who attended the Automotive Engineering Expo 2019 as presented by AutoForm Technical Product Manager Natàlia Domínguez. This is part 2 of a 2 part series. Part 1 covered the Tryout Masterclass. See the video below for a rare inside view of AutoForm’s hemming solution and its functionalities.
The Automotive Engineering Expo (AEE) focuses on car-body engineering and construction, and represents a solid point of reference for the “state of the art” solutions in car manufacturing. Hence, the air was buzzing with exchanges and activity. Besides the introduction of our latest functionalities as implemented our well-known CAE solution, this year we officially introduced to the (AEE) audience something they had never seen before. For the first time they saw a software solution which aims to offer more effective support to the “real” tool tryout processes.
AutoForm Product Manager Natàlia Domínguez was our speaker at the Masterclasses event organized by AEE, held within the exposition area. Natàlia first explained the importance of considering the effects of the hemming process on the sub-assembly inner-outer panel. This examined the early phase of the process engineering of the single parts and how we at AutoForm actually support the designers in this study through early feasibility analysis based on our software solution called AutoForm-HemPlanner. Attendees were taken a “virtual” tryout experience.
Take a peek at the Masterclass event presentation on AutoForm-HemPlanner:
Exploring the main steps of the hemming process, attendees could get their hands on the software and enter the process parameter information that is usually gathered right next to a real tryout press. They practiced determining the “current” status of the project and used the software process and interface to evaluate effective countermeasures for any possible real issues that would occur on real panels. Essentially they learnt how to “easily” deal with issues tryout teams usually deal with.
“The definition of the compensation strategy for inner and outer panels it’s a quite sophisticated and difficult engineering work and we have seen that even in case you achieve the tolerance targets for both parts in very accurate range, you can completely lose this tolerance fit after the hemming process. So, it’s really important to consider in advance what you get after the hemming process in order to define a correct compensation for inner and outer panels. So, the Hemming simulation among several other benefits, is the key-tool for a correct definition of parts compensation!” Natàlia Domínguez, Technical Product Manager, AutoForm Spain.