Engineering Simulation Solutions for the Plastics and Rubber Industry

In the last few decades, polymers have proven to be a cost-effective, flexible solution for numerous applications. Because of their light weight, their impact strength and their processability at relatively low temperatures, the demand for plastic and rubber parts remains strong despite surging oil prices and competition from alternatives such as metals and glass. At the same time, global competition continues to put pressure on profit margins and time to market, pushing manufacturers to constantly innovate in the areas of product performance and production efficiency.

Engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS are widely used across all polymer processing applications, including:

  • Blow molding Extrusion blow molding, injection stretch blow molding, parison programming
  • Coating Blade coating, cable coating, curtain coating, roll coating, etc.
  • Extruders Single screw extruders, twin screw extruders, multi screw extruders
  • Extrusion Die balancing, coextrusion, fiber spinning, extrusion of foamed products, coat hanger die, spiral die, window profile die
  • Injection molding Micro injection molding, fiber reinforced injection molding, gas–assisted injection molding, shrinkage, warpage, runner balancing
  • Production Polymerization, autoclave reactors
  • Structural analysis and testing Mechanical testing, fatigue analysis, drop test, testing under service and extreme conditions
  • Thermoforming Stamping, plug assisted thermoforming, heating and cooling

A growing number of companies are developing virtual prototyping capabilities in which engineering simulation is used to accelerate the design, manufacturing, testing and approval of the part while drastically reducing the number of physical prototypes. This Simulation Driven Product Development works with virtual models to facilitate the whole production process, allowing modifications of any phase without compromising the performances of the parts. Using simulation throughout the production process has proven to lead to large cost savings.