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MANUFACTURING CASE STUDIES
 CGTech
VERICUT DEMOS WILL SHOW HOW EFFICIENCY FORCE GIVES A COMPETITIVE EDGE...
 CGTech will be showcasing how its indus- try leading technology, VERICUT, will help manufacturers to meet demands for effi- ciency, and realise a competitive advan- tage, at Manufacturing Solutions.
It will feature on its stand the latest version of VERICUT, the world’s leading independ- ent machine simulation, verification and optimisation software, simulating all types of CNC machining, including mill/turn and multi-axis, drilling and trimming of compos- ite parts, water jet, riveting and robots.
It operates independently, but can also be integrated with leading CAD/CAM systems.
A key focus for CGTech at the exhibition will be to demonstrate the efficiency improve- ments and productivity gains that can be achieved using the comprehensive capabili- ties of VERICUT.
Managing Director, Tony Shrewsbury, said: “In today’s globally competitive environ-
ment, software verification is essential to the ability of any manufacturing business to attain the goals of producing on-time, high quality parts at a minimum cost.”
VERICUT helps companies achieve these goals in five significant areas. These include avoiding costly collisions, scrap parts and broken tools as its virtual environment offers the opportunity to program parts, determine their accuracy and verify post processed NC code for any CNC machine, offline at a workstation.
Secondly, the VERICUT digital twin of any
machine tool identically reflects the static and dynamic attributes of your real machine, which can rap- idly speed up the introduc- tion of new equipment onto the shop floor.
For many machine shops
any capacity shortage is a serious issue and by doing the prove-out
process on a computer, in the VERICUT vir- tual world, it frees up CNC machines for round the clock production, while reducing costs and improving quality. The software also provides a great opportunity for training programmers, operators, and apprentice’s offline.
Finally, it optimises the CAM program to modify feed rates to make the tool path faster and more efficient, ensuring any parts are machined safely and in the least amount of time. With VERICUT’s FORCE optimisa- tion module machining times can be
 TINIUS OLSEN
 NEW NON-CONTACT EXTENSOMETER IS 'A REAL STEP EVOLUTION’
 The Tinius Olsen Epsilon ONE is a new optical non-contact extensometer per- forming high- accuracy, high-resolution, non-contacting axial strain and displace- ment measurement, using video to meas- ure strain.
It is unique in its ease of use for efficient materials testing. It is suitable for testing high-modulus materials such as metals and composites and higher elongation materials, thin or delicate specimens, cyclic fatigue, strain controlled testing, deflectometer applications and measuring crack opening displacements.
Class-leading accuracy and resolution are achieved by Epsilon’s comprehensive opti- cal path optimisation, thanks to a unification of several optical technologies and signal
processing algorithms. Its ultra-high camera resolution, real-time data rates up to 3000Hz, minimisation of optical error sources and signal processing techniques provide high strain resolution and accuracy with the lowest noise. Strain or extension is measured and output in real time.
Epsilon ONE’s high resolution and ISO 0,5 / ASTM B-1 accuracy classes make it suit- able for non-contact measurement of a
wide range of strain values, from very small strains required to measure modulus of met- als, composites, ceramics and CMCs through elastomers and everything in between.
“It is so straight forward to use, perfect for busy Labs. Simply place the specimen in the testing machine, swipe your hand to break the light path to zero and start. That’s it,” said Martin Wheeler, Director of Sales and Business Development at Tinius Olsen.
“Epsilon ONE doesn’t have to be started and stopped for each specimen like most video extensometers and DIC systems, with Laser-Assist Alignment System providing an instant alignment and distance spot check. This projects pre-aligned laser lines on the specimen before the test to reveal any mis- alignment.
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