It is always possible that even the best designed components have hidden defects, which may pass experimental tests but manifest themselves in peculiar and extreme operating conditions. In other cases, perfect devices need to be lightened, to improve comfort and handling, or produced at lower costs to safeguard operating margins and competitiveness.
In all these cases we help companies with our skills, through a reverse-engineering process. We start from the product which must be improved, or from the broken or defective component, and we process the critical issues resolving them backwards.
We characterise the polymers used under dynamic, thermal, mechanical and rheological profiles with the help of the Materials Science and Technology laboratories of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Brescia. We study the design of a component, the geometry of the moulds and the parameters of the moulding process to propose and double-check appropriate solutions.
We achieve these results with the help of the most advanced software, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, for 3D design, structural simulation (FEM) and mould filling, in all of which we intervene by adding our know-how and innovative protocols from academic research.
As a material engineering company specialising in research and development for polymers, we provide independent consultancy on rigid thermoplastics (plastics), thermoplastic elastomers and thermosets (resins, glues, rubbers) with a particular vocation in the biomedical sector. We are currently developing or have already developed five innovative projects, including automatic biopsy devices, and an intragastric balloon that makes surgical procedures faster and less invasive.
In the field of industrial and anti-vibration rubber seals, we have developed an innovative protocol, Rimsoft, designed to optimise the cycles of the injection moulding process in rubber items. Starting from the chemical-physical characteristics that are required in the final product, we can establish optimal parameters of the moulding process according to the geometry of the item and the material used. In real production settings, we achieved significant reductions in cycle times, in many cases exceeding 50 percent, and processing cost savings with equal quality.
We also use another innovative protocol, Atlas, for the integrated structural simulation of technopolymer components reinforced with fibre glass. In order to reduce costs, improve production, minimise defects and make devices lighter, composite materials are prime candidates to replace metal (metal-replacement) in many applications. With Atlas and our experience as researchers in the mechanical engineering of materials, our customers get the precise dimensions of technopolymer components, resulting in more accurate process parameters and geometry. In terms of residual stresses on the materials, which depend on the production process and can be foreseen in the design phase, we add additional stresses, with loads and restraints that simulate the operating environment.
We know how important it is to have reliable partners in applied research, counterparts with whom it is easy to collaborate with the certainty of open and confidential dialogue. For this we are happy to sign preliminary confidentiality agreements (NDA), if required by the nature of the task or the customer. Moreover, from business deals to a project’s perfect end, each client is followed by one of our senior engineers: an experienced partner, who fluently speaks the language of business.