CloudFlow: Compact – State of the Art – Modular
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The manufacture of extrusion dies is time-consuming and costly. Special software is required to simulate liquids as well as rigid structures. These programs not only have to be linked to each other in a demanding process, but have to be purchased, in the first place. The recently developed CloudFlow platform connects them automatically. Interlinking two cloud solutions is due to facilitate data exchange between the two simulation programs, and accelerate the operation process.
No more Local Installation and Licensing
The respective software is made available online on the CloudFlow platform. Business models such as pay-per-use offer a high degree of flexibility to the user. Servers in the background provide extraordinary computer performance; the customer no longer has to buy expensive hardware, nor does he have to carry out demanding installation and licensing procedures on local computers. This reduces the cost of raw materials as well as energy, in addition to saving time.
„It is mainly small enterprises that, in many cases, cannot afford expensive engineering software”, explains Professor André Stork of Fraunhofer-Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, co-ordinator of CloudFlow. „Small engineering offices seldom require certain special solutions, which is why it is not efficient for them to purchase this software.“ They will therefore pass on respective orders to specialists, or even turn them down.
Enterprises already Benefit from CloudFlow
Emo Extrusion Molding GmbH, a CloudFlow partner from Austria already benefits from this option. EMO is a tool maker specialized in the production of slit dies for the extrusion of films and sheets. Thanks to improved operation processes, the company is now able to offer products at lower costs and higher qualities.
Ino is a German engineering office for numerical optimization methods that conducts the simulation and optimization of the slit dies. The shorter periods of time required for calculation by the HPC cluster will now enable them, too, to serve more customers and offer new options of simulation.
Independent software vendors such as DHCAE Tools GmbH also benefit from CloudFlow. The servers offer extraordinary computing performance to solve complex tasks. Significant computer challenges can be solved in a minimum of time, by using high performance computing (HPC).
EMO Extrusion Molding GmbH
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