New AutoForm Software Tackles BiW Assembly, Expands Manufacturing-Process DigitalizationMarch 5, 2021
AutoForm Engineering GmbH has released its latest software, which covers the automotive body-in-white (BiW) assembly process chain and combines all critical aspects of assembling parts. The software enables users to address complex issues in the BiW assembly process before they can arise in production, and also expands digitalization of the manufacturing process, according to company officials.
AutoForm Assembly supports the entire BiW process chain, which covers early feasibility, process engineering and BiW production. Users of the software, according to AutoForm officials, can gain deep insight into the car body manufacturing process, quickly evaluate alternative part and assembly process designs, identify the causes of dimensional deviations and undertake effective countermeasures. The combination of AutoForm Forming and Assembly software covers the stamping and BiW assembly processes.
Unique AutoForm Assembly capabilities allow users to set up virtually the entire assembly process, including joining and hemming technologies. They can make process modifications by taking into consideration different part-insertion orders, changes to pilot and clamping positions, and different sequencing of the joins. With AutoForm Assembly, users reportedly achieve higher product maturity earlier in the development process and reduce the number of product modifications later in tryout and manufacturing. The software can enable savings on costs for tooling and equipment modifications as well as proving the means to reach higher process maturity and greater robustness at tryout and at the start of the production.“With AutoForm Assembly, we are expanding our covered manufacturing processes and offering a state-of-the-art software solution to customers in the field of BiW assembly,” says Dr. Markus Thomma, AutoForm Group corporate marketing officer. “Users can achieve tangible benefits in their daily work in terms of both cost and lead-time savings.”
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