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NEWS RELEASE

EuroBLECH Award:
Simufact.welding is selected as one of the most innovative exhibits
Simufact.welding on the short list for the category joining
Hamburg, Germany, October 29, 2014 The welding simulation software
Simufact.welding, a software product of Simufact Engineering, has been nominated
as one of the three most innovative exhibits for the shortlist of the EuroBLECH
Award category joining. The EuroBLECH Award, at the international technology
trade fair for sheet metal forming, has been awarded by the specialized media
blechnet and MM MaschinenMarkt, both publications of Vogel publishing, this year
in six categories.
At the ceremony last Tuesday, Simufact was pleased to have received the award
along with the also for joining technology nominated and later award winner
Grenzebach Maschinenbau, and Fronius Deutschland.
Even though we didnt end up winning the award, the nomination and making the
shortlist are a great achievement for our company, said Michael Wohlmuth,
managing director and CEO of Simufact. We are convinced that with
Simufact.welding we have developed a software product that will prevail in the
manufacturing industry. The simulation of welding processes is a method, which can
answer important questions relating to the industrial use and the optimization of
welding processes.
Specific tasks for Simufact.welding
When it comes to industrial welding there are a number of recurring issues, to which
the answers often require significant efforts: dents and bumps which are also
unsightly are instable and can jump back and forth audibly. Welded components
can no longer be joined or are leaking. Rotating welded components are
unbalanced. The minimization of welding distortions in trials or rather the
subsequent adjustment is expensive and time-consuming.
As before a computer-aided optimization has only been successful in academic
application cases, not for real complex structures in the industrial manufacturing,
because considering all influential factors with the current methods was extremely
time-consuming.

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Simufact.welding Description of innovation


Simufact.welding is from the ground up newly developed simulation software
following the specifications of a task force of the German automobile industry. Fast,
precise and robust calculations combined with an innovative, user-friendly and
suitable for daily use concept are to allow engineers and technicians from
production to handle their welding tasks with the software.
After an eight year development period, Simufacts new version 4 comes very close
to the demands of the manufacturing industry: an efficient and comfortable model
design, consideration of special welding-specific boundary conditions, adjustable
meshing and re-meshing, a material data bank with complete data sets for all
welding relevant material classes, practical and application-oriented handling and
pre-settings.
Simufact.welding is particularly high performance Finite-Element-based software,
which allows the realistic prediction of distortions and internal stresses, while
considering material changes during welding, and determines strategies to minimize
them. Simufact.welding is the only simulation software which automatically
considers the complex contact situation between the components. Simufact.welding
calculates the microstructural properties in the heat-affected zone; their form allows
conclusions about the properties of the weld seam, in particular its strength. The
user gains valuable insights to identify welding defects such as hot cracks in the
simulation, and to avoid them in the practice.
Unlike regular calculation software, our software assists in finding the optimal
clamping devices based on the implementation of real tool geometry, while
considering clamping forces and clamping stiffness. In addition to the clamping
concepts, the suitable welding sequences can be identified with Simufact.welding.
The Software predicts the final contour of the component and helps to manufacture
components with precise tolerances in series. A new visualization concept ensures
that the entire welding process, with all its process cycles, can be reviewed in an
overview, influencing factors can be visualized and different variants are comparable
at a single glance.
After researching universities were primarily among the first users, the software has
now gained the functional maturity to make the productive application in the tough
industrial practice possible. The first industrial customers have completed the early
stages of researching, experimenting and testing and are now taking serious steps
towards the productive application of welding simulation software.
Please note the accompanying Simufact team photo for download.

About Simufact Engineering GmbH


Simufact Engineering is a global operating software company providing process simulation
products and services to manufacturing industries. Today, after almost 20 years of
developing and supporting simulation solutions for the design and optimization of
manufacturing techniques in metal processing, the Hamburg (Germany) headquartered
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company has established as one of the leaders in this business area. Simufact succeeds in
extending its global market share backed up by a dynamically growing customer base
exceeding a number of 500 customers. Simufact customers come from all areas of
manufacturing technology: hot forging, cold forming, sheet metal forming, rolling, ring rolling,
open die forging, mechanical joining, heat treatment, and welding. As a service partner, the
company is offering individual solutions for manufacturing processes, using state-of-the-art
CAE tools. Additional services like consulting, training and technical support complete
Simufacts performance. In their headquarters in Hamburg, German offices in Kassel and
Marburg, subsidiaries in the United States and India, and a Representative Office in Japan,
Simufact employs more than 50 people. A strong and continuously growing network
composed of local offices, subsidiaries and channel partners ensures global support.
For more information about Simufact Engineering please visit www.simufact.com.
Simufact is a registered trademark of Simufact Engineering GmbH. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

Press Contact:
Volker Mensing
Director Marketing & Communications
simufact engineering gmbh
Phone +49 (0)40 790 128-160
Mobile: +49 (0) 151 402 30 677
volker.mensing@simufact.de

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