Industrial Equipment

Industrial equipment plays a backstage role to the materials and goods that make modern life possible. Industrial robots keep the automotive industry moving, lathes and milling machines produce machine tools and parts, rotary separators help make mining more productive, paper machines are the foundation for newsprint production, heavy machinery makes modern road and building construction possible, and rolling machines transform steel into custom materials. The list is close to endless.

Schramm TXD Rotadrill with mast deployed via extension of its hydraulic cylinder

Courtesy Schramm, Inc.

Despite the vast array of machines, there are many commonalities to industrial equipment.

  • Modern machines are electronics heavy, packed with features made possible by the recent rapid advances in electronics and computing.
    • Competitive economics and consumer demand require high production rates; discerning businesses and consumers require high-quality products with tight tolerances.
    • Factory machines must be fast operating yet precisely controlled. Such speed generates high inertial loads, requiring precise consideration of dynamics and resulting stresses
    • Many machines operate over a large range of operating conditions. This requires that designers consider thermal effects and their interaction with the machine’s structural aspects.
    • Modern machines often require expensive high-performance engineered — so key design parameters include small size and low weight low but high strength and reliability.

    Today’s machine designer faces a wide range of physical processes, demanding operational specifications and time-to-market pressures. Customer expectations have never been higher.

    Tools from ANSYS form the ideal simulation platform, enabling industrial equipment designers to address these demanding challenges with confidence.