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  • Manufacturing Simulation

    • 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 info@acel.co.uk or call +44 (0)1925 606400

    • January 23, 2014

      This year ac&e will be demonstrating our StruCIM® welding and cutting software at the annual NASCC Steel Conference in Toronto, which takes place over three days from the 26th to 28th of March.

      We’ll be demonstrating how using our StruCIM® cutting software will save you time and money, explaining how its integrated software system drives robotically controlled plasma cutting systems and automates beam and plate cutting for structural steel application.

      You’ll also get the chance to see how the StruCIM® software is highly automated, user friendly and easy to integrate, giving you dramatic throughput improvements.

      Join us at NASCC and see why one of Canada’s top developers of automation for the structural steel industry (CFR of Québec) is now providing robotic cutting solutions powered by our StruCIM® software.

      For further information contact alison.wilkinson@acel.co.uk or call +44(0)1925 606400 or see the video on YouTube

       

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    Design Engineering Simulation

    • July 17, 2014

      This blog post was original written by Earl Duque on the Intelligent Light website: Intelligent Light R&D continues to produce new tools for large scale CFD Parametric Studies. EPISODE is a new large scale data management tool that enables an engineer to readily extract knowledge and insight from their large scale physics based simulations and experimental data.

      EPISODE provides tools that enable the user to create a relevant subset of their solution results via in-situ data extraction at regions of interest, further reducing the size of that data via proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), and then sort the parametric space of both the input and output solver parameters using self organizing maps (SOMs).

      This project consists of new data extracts and compression methods based upon POD and image compression methods such as JPEG. In addition, we’re developing a new UI based upon self organizing maps which will automatically sort a large number of simulations based upon the parametric inputs and outputs. The result is a set of colored maps that helps to determine the trends in the data. The user will be able to click on different areas of the map which will then display the results in FieldView. The results may be directly from the CFD solver, reconstructed from the POD or it may be computed from a reduced order model (ROM) that was derived from the CFD and POD results.

      The EPISODE project will address limitations of current data analysis tools by:

      • Performing data management and post-processing in-situ, without writing to storage and without direct engineer interaction.
      • Maintaining ability to support high-frequency information for maximum temporal fidelity.
      • Handling both experimental and computational data together, supporting automated batch processing.
      • Delivering post-processing capabilities to rapidly collect engineering information such as mass flows through a passage, FFTs, etc.

      Key project collaborators include:
      Robert Haimes from MIT – Haimes’ expertise will support the development of a scalable data extracts architecture and plug-in components.
      Prof. Steven Gorrell from BYU – Professor Gorrell contributes CFD domain expertise in applications for gas turbines.

      This work is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through a Phase II SBIR, Contract FA8650-14-C-2439, and TPOC Michael List.

      Earl Duque, Intelligent Light, July 2014.

    • July 17, 2014

      FieldView, developed by ac&e partner Intelligent Light, is the market leader in post-processing and visualisation of computational fluid dynamics data for commercial and in-house solvers.  The new role of FieldView Product Chief sees Yves-Marie Lefebvre tasked with representing customers within Intelligent Light, increasing the responsiveness of product development, and providing customer-driven direction to future product planning.

      The new role also puts Yves-Marie in charge of Intelligent Light’s growing FieldView Support Team.

      Intelligent Light has transitioned to a new agile development process in which customer support is an integral part – ac&e ensures this is passed on to UK clients. Placing both the product direction and support team under Yves-Marie gives  customers an effective advocate and someone they can speak directly with as product development strives to meet their emerging needs. UK clients should still contact their ac&e representative Anthony Mosquera the first instance.

      Yves-Marie has been involved in FieldView sales and support for over 13 years, training users on three continents and working as an embedded consultant implementing high performance CFD workflows. His engineering experience, knowledge gained supporting users, and demonstrated commitment to the success of FieldView customers will increase the responsiveness to customers in both product development and support.

      For more information contact us at info@acel.co.uk

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    IT Solutions/Facilities Management

    • June 6, 2014

      ac&e will be at the NAFEMS UK Conference in Oxford on 10th & 11th June, demonstrating our unique remote modelling solution, our fluid dynamics post processing software and our latest bespoke hardware and maintenance packages.

      This two-day conference will focus on existing best practices as well as state-of-the-art in FEA, CFD and associated technologies –ensuring delegates receive a fully comprehensive overview of the technology available to them.  ac&e will be running live trials and demonstrations of its ‘joined up’ hardware and CFD configurations, and our staff will be on hand to help you run your models, both on local computers and through our remote solutions with CITRIX and NVIDIA.

      To book your demo or one-to-one, email john.baxter@acel.co.uk or call +44 (0)1925 606400

    • June 6, 2014

      ac&e are proud to announce an exciting new partnership with NVIDIA, providing a ground-breaking remote modelling solution. NVIDIA are pioneers in visual computing and were the inventors of the graphics processing unit (GPU) – the engine of modern visual computing.

      For clients of ac&e the partnership signals an exciting new opportunity for remote access to high powered visual computing, ideally suited to industries where modelling simulation graphics requiring high-performance computers need to be accessed from remote devices.

      John Baxter, Director IT Services at ac&e, says of the partnership: “At ac&e we are delighted to be working closely with NVIDIA, and using  virtualisation software  CITRIX to provide our clients with access to all their applications on any device from any location, just as though they were working at their desk with a high performance computer. There is increasing demand for this way of working and ac&e always strives to provide innovative solutions. ”

      To enquire about high performance computing and working remotely email john.baxter@acel.co.uk, call +44 (0)1925 606400 or visit our NVIDIA page.

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