The European plastic injection moulds industry is an industry primarily made up of small and medium sized enterprises, or SMEs, which is concerned with the design of moulds for the plastics and toy sector. This industry faces high costs due to the expense of acquiring computer aided design programmes (CAD) and the expense of having different platforms for different mould projects. These limitations have led to a decline in the performance of the European industry. This situation is set to change with the development of KBEmould. This new software aims to provide a design tool that is both time and cost effective. The application can be used directly through the Internet, removing the need for costly CAD systems. It operates on a pay-per-use basis, hosted on a server provided by Knowledge Technologies of France, the commercialising partner in the project. In addition, the designer can work from any workstation. The design of all moulds is viewed in 3D format. By inputting parameters such as production and plastic characteristics, the software provides the best design solutions, removing the need for repetitive calculations. From the results of trial tests a saving of over 80% in design time has been estimated. This allows designers to take on more projects and increases productivity. The system is easy to use. Consequently, junior designers can also use it. It is applicable to most types of small parts, however it is limited in that it cannot be used for complex designs with multi-cavity, multi-partition moulds. A common Knowledge Book has also been developed by the partners; addressing the terminology used in the plastic injection moulds industry throughout Europe. This is a full and comprehensive encyclopaedia to standardise the language used, to avoid misunderstandings and to promote better collaboration.
VALIDATION OF THE KBE (KNOWLEDGE BASED ENGINEERING) TOOL FOR THE AUTOMATIC AND DISTRIBUTED DESIGN OF PLASTIC INJECTION MOULDS FOR THE PLASTIC AND TOY SECTOR
Discover other articles in the same domain of application
8 February 2019