Right now, we’re all keeping an eye on our bottom lines. With the economy still in flux due to the shakeup brought on by COVID-19, we’re all doing what we can to keep ourselves in the black.
One step you could consider is Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Those who invest in application generally save time and money in the long run.
FEA is a software application. Making use of it early, particularly in the pre-production phase, can help you target areas in which your product could use fine-tuning or improvement without having to go through multiple physical prototypes.
Finite element analysis is the modeling of products and systems in a virtual environment, for the purpose of finding and solving potential (or existing) structural or performance issues. FEA is the practical application of the finite element method (FEM), which is used by engineers and scientists to mathematically model and numerically solve complex structural, fluid and multiphysics problems. (SIEMENS)
The advantage of FEA work, then, is that you will save valuable resources. In identifying potential flaws and weaknesses early, you’re potentially able to leapfrog multiple rounds in the prototype phase, allowing you to focus instead on moving your product directly to the market. Since you’re saving time as well as money, the real savings involved in FEA are exponential.
Recently, World Oil reported using FEA to test whether their cement barriers would withstand pressure. Through the simulation, they were able to determine that specific plugs had been at fault for past barrier failures. Discovering these clues through simulation allowed them to produce “more robust” barrier solutions moving forward.
Your product or service could be the next to benefit directly from FEA technology.
We Can Help
Here at American Hydroformers, we’re well versed in the advantages of FEA, particularly during the pre-production phase.
To hear more about the particulars, or to discuss any of our other fine products and services, please feel free to contact us at any time.
We look forward to hearing from you!