Virtual Manufacturing is the utilization of advanced software tools to simulate manufacturing and conveying to design, test and optimize production processes. Equipment modifications, while costly and time-consuming to implement physically, can be quickly modeled and explored to develop efficient and streamlined manufacturing lines.
The simulation shows a hopper transfer operation for Injection Stretch Blow Molding (ISBM) preforms for packaging. The LS/DYNA solver was used along with a Kinetic Vision proprietary toolset to test and validate many preform geometry designs as well as optimization of industrial process parameters such as conveyor speed, belt designs, rail spacing, and operating angles. Simulations that were done in days replaced what would have been several months of prototype design and test iterations, allowing the manufactured product to reach the marketplace much faster and at a lower cost.