18 October 2011
18 October 2011
Vistagy and CGTech have expanded their partnership to enable automated assembly of airframe structures by integrating Vistagy's SyncroFITsoftware for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures and CGTech's VERICUT Drilling & Fastening (VDAF) solution.
According to Vistagy, the companies previously partnered to integrate Vistagy's FibreSIMcomposites engineering software and CGTech's VERICUT Composite Programming and Simulation Suite (VCP), which together enable rapid design and manufacturing iterations to optimisethe development of composite structures produced by automated fibreplacement (AFP) machines. They say the newofferings support airframe assembly processes, enabling engineers to have common interfaces and solutions for managing composite structures and handling airframe assembly.
Vistagy say that given the fragility of composites, there needs to be precise control of speeds and feeds in the drilling process to avoid the possibilityof de-lamination, splintering,as wellas to ensure high throughput. They say the integrated solution provides that detail with SyncroFIT defining the location of holes and fasteners and seamlessly transferring all the associated data to VDAF to be used in the automated manufacturing process.
"This is another example of how Vistagy's AeroSuite addresses the full spectrum of challenges that arise from using composites within an airframe assembly," said Steve Peck, Director of Product and Market Strategy for Vistagy. "By creating engineering data that fully supports the entire airframe manufacturing processwe're enabling manufacturers and suppliers to fully leverage the most advanced materials and processes available today."
"VDAF is a natural fit with SyncroFIT creating a complete environment for companies designing and manufacturing airframe assembles with CNC automation," said Bill Hasenjaeger, CGTech Product Marketing Manager. "By integrating SyncroFIT and VDAF, we're now able to ensure an easy and repeatable process from assembly design to assembly automation that yields a high quality product."