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ESI Group announces PAM-TFA for CATIA V5, a new PAM-STAMP Solution

ESI Group : 05 April, 2005  (New Product)
ESI Group is glad to announce that PAM-Transparent Formability Analysis for CATIA V5, its first application developed under the CAA V5 Gold Software Partnership Agreement signed with Dassault Syst
ESI Group is glad to announce that PAM-Transparent Formability Analysis for CATIA V5, its first application developed under the CAA V5 Gold Software Partnership Agreement signed with Dassault Systèmes, will be available by June 2005.

ESI Group is enlarging the PAM-STAMP 2G family of stamping solutions by providing within CAA V5 a new simulation application, that performs Transparent Formability Analysis to help users identify manufacturability issues on the newly drafted CAD part earlier in the design process and make first estimate of the material usage. It takes full benefit of the seamless integration of simulation algorithms within CATIA V5, performed on native geometry. This generative application dramatically reduces the simulation cycle time, allowing direct associativity between design and simulation results.

This module is the first in the ESI Group synergy strategy, which involves integrating Virtual Manufacturing simulation technologies in the 3D-PLM environment of Dassault Systèmes.

It will be followed by the integration of the ESI Group quick die design parametric technology linked to PAM-DIEMAKER into CAA V5, to provide CATIA V5 customers with the full benefit of collaborative engineering within the 3D-PLM environment.

The integration of PAM-TFA within CATIA V5 allows the user to perform a one-step (also called inverse) analysis directly based on the CAD model, which ensures a consistent geometric data flow in an iterative continuous improvement process, resulting in significant time savings.

In the past, such analysis could only be done in an external simulation environment, forcing the user to leave the CAD environment and to export the geometric data through a standardised format such as IGES or VDA. Such a 'weak link' was a major cause for process discontinuity and errors, due to geometric approximation and lack of tracebility resulting from the data transfer.

Since the simulation concept has now been introduced using CAAV5 architecture and components, the PAM-TFA for CATIA V5 application is a generative one. Its key points are that no more loss of information due to geometry conversion and transfer is reported, and associativity between design and simulation results is fully safeguarded, since geometry changes are being associated to the simulation whose results update automatically.

'The introduction of the PAM-TFA application in the CATIA V5 environment initiates the availability of ESI Group's Stamping Solutions seamlessly to the CATIA user, starting from the originating part design, then setting up the formability simulation, and finally launching and analysing the results in the same window.' said Vincent Chaillou, President & CO Product Operations ESI Group.

'This CAA V5 PAM-TFA application, the first ESI Group application integration inside the V5 Environment, is the starting point of our CAAV5 Gold partnership, with the objective to provide major ESI Group applications inside the DS PLM environment. This will lead to great customers benefits in reducing design process cycle times and being able to make improved decisions based on the physics of materials earlier in the process.' said Séverin Lanfranchi, Director Research & Development, CATIA Simulation, Dassault Systèmes.
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