By Liz White, UT staff
Suresnes, France-Manufacturing group BMP has used Delmia software to develop a "revolutionary process" to make polyurethane components for office automation products.
UK company BMP, which supplies parts for well-known makers of printers and photocopiers-is using Delmia software from Dassault Systemes, which calls itself "a world leader" in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management solutions.
BMP's plant in Accrington, UK, specialises in producing the high-grade polyurethane blades that wipe excess toner from the printing transfer drums in office printers and photocopiers. The blades are made using a variety of accurately cut, clear PU sheets mounted onto metal blades. Previously, the only route for making these blades was by hand.
Ideally, the polyurethane would be cast directly onto metal blades, avoiding the need for cutting and extra adhesion-and this is what BMP's patent-pending process has achieved. The company developed a flexible, automated line that enables it to produce a component in just 30 minutes.
As BMP started assessing the process, its engineering manager Patrick Pepperday remembered seeing a production line simulation from Delmia by Northern Technologies, and commissioned them to create a virtual model of his proposed manufacturing line using Delmia Quest software.
"Delmia Quest addressed all our trouble spots, with the result that we have a production capability to fulfill all our initial expectations, and considerably more," said Pepperday, in an announcement from Suresnes, France-headquartered Dassault.
BMP thinks its automated line will be able to produce 3.6 million blades a year, as well as allowing flexible manufacture of the group's new range of feed tyres, Pepperday added.
"We expect to produce in excess of a million of these in our first year without working at full capacity," Pepperday continued. Next year, BMP may expand or even duplicate the line, he said, as it has reduced the work content involved in making blades and feed tyres by around 80 percent, the statement said.