We offer a range of accurate techniques that can deliver a true and accurate representation of your products, plant and equipment; through the use of 3D scanning and measurement.
- Digital Archiving– Could assist your industry project by producing 3D digital records for the conservation of all pre-digital objects, from past products to components of machinery.
- Rapid Prototyping also known as Rapid Manufacturing– This is a quick, reliable and cost-effective way of precise production. It is where a group of techniques are used to quickly put together a scale model of a part or object using CAD data. It can be used for engineering design, tool making, jigs and fixtures, turbines, aerospace, power generation, art and archaeology, consumer products, prototypes and injection moulding.
- Reverse Engineering– This is the process of scanning a piece of equipment, object or system and analysing the data collected. The data is reverse engineered to determine its structure, function and operation. This results in fast replication of freeform and organic products within tool making, design, enhancement, models, rapid prototyping, injection moulding, rapid milling and products including all pre-digital legacy equipment.
- Quality Control– To ensure the repeatability and accuracy within manufacture: tool making, sheet metal, aerospace, turbines, injection moulding, consumer goods, power generation, casting and forging. CAD comparisons are made between the ‘as-designed’ and the ‘as-built’ where we can identify if any deviation has occurred during the manufacturing process.
- Component Testing– At PES we offer a variety of component testing, such as: stiffness, simulation, strain, component dimensioning and deformation analysis. These types of testing can maximise performance, minimise risk, review and evaluate prototype performance, reduce development costs down stream and capture performance data.
- Legacy Equipment– This is where many manufacturing businesses still operate machinery that was built in the ‘pre-digital’ era. Using 3D optical scanning, parts can be recreated as 3D CAD models to ‘reverse engineer’ and digitise major components or complete assemblies of equipment with incredible levels of fidelity to the original part. This data can then be used to manufacture replacement parts or spares. Using these technologies, can potentially extend the life of a product.
- Equipment Optimisation– This is the process of improving the performance of a component or equipment where digital data and drawings are inaccessible or simply do not exist. We would therefore have to capture the part’s geometric data to start the optimisation process.
- Computer Aided Engineering– Scan data from an object can be modelled in CAD using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or Finite Element Analysis (FEA). These analysis packages require accurate scan data to compare “as built” to the computed model and support optimisation to drive performance of a product or part.
- 3D Design & Visualisation– This process involves capturing free-form surfaces, hand-made or hand-modified designs into CAD. Ideal for turning original designs into production-ready data and turning real life objects into computer animation. Visualising products at the prototype stage of production.
- Spares and Part Replacements of Equipment– After making a major purchase of high value or bespoke equipment, the operator can find that the replacement of parts can have a number of challenges, including:
- Long lead in periods for delivery.
- High cost of spares due to the manufacturer’s monopoly on the equipment.
- Large cost of spares due to a whole assembly having to be purchased rather than just replacing the part that is defective.
We can capture the data from original parts and hold that data in a digital archive until such point as the client requires it. We can then use this data to manufacture a new part at a potentially lower cost and with shorter lead times to meet the clients’ deadline. Parts can also be optimised to improve their performance or to increase life and efficiency.
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