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  • Manufacturing Simulation

    • September 21, 2016

      The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a specialist in high value design capability today announced that ac&e, pioneers in design and manufacturing simulation and providers of bespoke technical computing, has joined its membership joins existing CFMS members including Airbus, BAE Systems, Eurostep, eQ Technologic, HiETA Technologies, JustOne Database Inc, MBDA, Rolls-Royce, Sysemia and Zenotech, to name but a few.

      ac&e bring game-changing technologies to the most complex and challenging design analysis and manufacturing endeavours, drawing on vast experience of a wide range of sectors including automotive, aerospace, defence, energy, food, plastics and polymers. Services offered include world leading design and manufacturing simulation software, training and support, consultancy and computing optimisation.

      Anthony Mosquera, Manager, Design Services, ac&e commented, “Joining the CFMS membership programme is an exciting development for ac&e as we continue to deliver advanced engineering analysis solutions to the UK modelling and simulation sector. We look forward to contributing our expertise and experience to the thriving community developed by CFMS.”

      Targeted towards the high value design community, CFMS Membership offers access to a trusted, neutral, technology infrastructure and capability combined with networking, awareness and thought leadership.

      Offering a range of customisable membership packages for high value design users, vendors, academia and not-for-profits, members gain access to an inclusive range of services including HPC and Tech Lab, product display, product technology evaluation, room hire, joint events and use of the centre for customer demonstrations.

      Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, CFMS, “With membership centred around providing access to a community for high value design, through our members such as ac&e, we promote new methods, techniques and access to state-of-the-art developments. We’re delighted to welcome ac&e to the CFMS Membership community and look forward to working with them.”

      About ac&e

      Founded in 1987 ac&e helps clients make better decisions faster through systems, consultancy, training and support, using world-leading software and computing optimisation to deliver leading-edge simulation technology. ac&e provides an expansive offering ranging from CAD clean-up and meshing, through CFD solution to post-processing; from workflow integration, through automated design space exploration to simulation data management. ac&e enables some of the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers to achieve dramatically reduced costs and time to market.   For further information please visit

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      Mark Blackburn: e:, t: 01925 606400

      About CFMS

      The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is proud to be a growing, independent and not-for-profit organisation that specialises in high value design capability. We promote advanced modelling and simulation, underpinned by HPC, pushing the boundaries of technology.

      Through our exceptional, collaborative, virtual and physical facility, we enable the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for advanced modelling and simulation, while improving learning and developing awareness of state-of-the-art. Engaging with organisations large and small, we help to provide access to the right tools, resources, skills and technologies, resulting in increased productivity and faster, more informed decision-making.

      As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to drive a practical revolution in engineering capability and design, working with organisations to reduce risk in the design phase, product development costs and time to market.

      CFMS welcomes applications from new members involved in high value design. If you would like to find out more contact the CFMS Membership team on 0117 906 1100 or email to request a membership application pack.

      For further information about how CFMS can help your business call 0117 906 1100 or email

      Media Contact

      Alison Little: e:, t: 0117 906 1100


    • June 6, 2014

      In a ground-breaking multinational collaboration, ac&e have completed the first phase of a €160,000 robotics software contract with global engineering fabrication and erection company CIMTAS.

      ac&e’s powerful StruCIM® robotics software is the key to the collaboration with REIS Robotics of Germany and drives the REIS robot oxy-acetylene cutting system. This has enabled CIMTAS to fully automate its structural steel beam and plate cutting for fabrication of the 2.7 km Izmit Bay Bridge, Turkey.

      The synergy of robotics software and hardware has provided CIMTAS with an outstanding package of benefits including:

      • Increased throughput of 50%

      • Automated loading and cutting of stock work pieces

      • Reduced scrap and reduced rework

      The StruCIM® cutting environment in tandem with REIS robots adds a significant automation capability to the CIMTAS operations. Of particular importance is the automatic development of workcell tool instruction from CAD models.  The increased throughput will result in significant savings for CIMTAS over the period of the project, with a return on investment of approximately nine months.

      Due to the success of the project, ac&e have now provided a new robotics cell for cutting complex pipe profiles for offshore engineering and welding plates as part of the bridge project.

      For more information visit our StruCIM page, email or call +44 (0)1925 606400



    Design Engineering Simulation

    • September 14, 2016

      “90% of CFD problems come from the mesh.”
      You’ve probably already heard this popular motto in scientific circles, and it’s true: no accurate results ever came from a bad mesh.
      You have the right to require high mesh quality for your CFD computations, without sacrificing the user-friendliness and the automation of your meshing process.
      Discover our mesh generators which seamlessly integrate with commercial, in-house and open source solvers:
      AutoGrid5™, our full automatic structured grid generator for all types of rotating machinery: complex axial, radial, and mixed-flow configurations. It produces grids in a few minutes, after just a few clicks via a wizard based interface.
      “NUMECA’s automated mesher, AutoGrid5 is an excellent tool for generating 3D mesh around axial/radial airfoils and splitter/tandem vanes. One can generate smoothed H-type and O-type grids very quickly using templates.”
      Ig. Haken Aksoy, Honeywell ES&S
      HEXPRESS/Hybrid™ produces unstructured hex-dominant conformal meshes of complex geometries, starting from unclean CAD data. Thanks to the fact it can run on multiple processors it’s ultra fast on top.
      “Right from the beginning of using HEXPRESS/Hybrid we were impressed by the performance and efficiency of this software. It is able to handle boundary layer insertion with no problems and can manage our really dirty geometries (holes, cutting planes, thin surfaces etc.) in a way we have not experienced before. Regarding our complex geometries, HEXPRESS/Hybrid is our preferred choice by far.”
      Ig. Aaron Reppenhagen, (VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center)

      Discover the solutions NUMECA proposes for your meshing problems during the AutoMesh half-day workshop we’re organizing in conjunction with NUMECA to be held at CFMS offices, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Bristol BS16 7FR , UK on Tuesday 29th November 2016.

      Register here. It’s free!


      The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS)
      Bristol & Bath Science Park
      Dirac Crescent
      Emersons Green
      BS16 7FR

    • December 16, 2015

      digital simulation of Minesto green technology 'kite'

      (Source: Minesto)

      Leading marine renewable energy company Minesto, has together with eight partners, including ac&e, received EUR 5.1 million, to develop the Deep Green technology within a project named PowerKite. The project will be financed through EU Horizon 2020.EU has a strong ambition to develop the field of marine energy and has quadrupled its budget over the next four years. To utilize the oceans is something that also has been prioritized at the climate meeting in Paris, COP21, in programs such as ”Energy and water: a nexus for development and adaptation to climate change” and ”Ocean solutions for our climate: mitigation through marine innovation”.

      Together with eight partners Minesto now have now secured EUR 5.1 million to improve the Deep Green technology’s robustness and performance. The aim is to develop the next generation of the Deep Green power plant; to give it a better performance, a longer life expectancy and improved reliability, all in order to further reduce costs for generating electricity from tides and ocean currents.

      Minestos partners consists of the Belgian electricity company Laborelec, a subsidiary of Engie, the world’s largest private electricity company, Chalmers University of Technology, Midroc Project Management AB, SSPA Sweden AB, UW-Elast, Moorlink Solutions AB and ac&e and Queens University Belfast in the United Kingdom.

      “Succeeding in establishing development projects with leading players in Europe like this, is a proof of the interest in our product and our ability to establish large projects”, said Anders Jansson, CEO of Minesto. ”Being able to take part in this effort on marine energy, by the EU, is of course highly pleasing, motivating and extremely important.”

      The project will run for 30 months, and the consortium will cover the science areas that are necessary to improve product performance, and ensure environmental standards as well as the requirements of customers.

      “We have been involved in the marine energy sector for a number of years and we are delighted to be part of the PowerKite project”, said Ana Novak, Project Manager, ENGIE Lab. ”The Deep Green technology is focusing on proving cost-efficient use of low velocity tidal streams which could be beneficial for the tidal sector as a whole.”

      Minesto was recently listed on NASDAQ First North in Stockholm, giving the company a capital injection of EUR 15.5 million on top of other recent funding from the European Regional Development Funds through the Welsh Government (EUR 13 million) and KIC InnoEnergy (EUR 3.5 million).

      Overall, Minesto has received investments of circa EUR 37 million in 2015, in order to be able to accelerate its efforts to become one of the leading actors worldwide in the marine energy sector.

      For additional information please contact:

      Anthony Mosquera
      Tel: +44 (0)1925 606407
      Fax: +44 (0)1925 606411

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      About Minesto

      Minesto is a marine energy company whose mission is to minimize the global footprint of the energy industry by enabling commercial power production from low velocity tidal and ocean currents. Minesto’s award winning and patented product, Deep Green, is the only proven marine power plant that operates cost efficiently in areas with low velocity currents. In May 2015, Minesto secured a €13m investment from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government for the commercial rollout of Deep Green. Minesto was founded in 2007 and is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Anglesey, Wales and Northern Ireland. The major shareholders in Minesto are BGA Invest and Midroc New Technology. Anders Jansson is the company’s CEO. Read more about Minesto at

      For more information, please visit: the Minesto website



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