Major North American Automotive ManufacturerReports Positive Outcomes of Serviceability Studies Using Kineo Path PlannerTM

Deployment of new methodology based on Kineo technology for part removal virtual simulations

TOULOUSE, France, January 24, 2006: Kineo C.A.M. today announced that a Major North American Automotive Manufacturer deploys a new serviceability methodology for all part removal virtual simulations. This methodology is based on Kineo Path Planner(TM) and takes full advantage of the advanced Dynamic Collision Checking capabilities offered by Kineo CAM's technology.

"With our former methodology, serviceability studies could not be conducted optimally when collision detection processes were involved", explains Sethupathy Kathiresan, Knowledge Based Engineering Analyst.

"The part removal simulations took several hours (approx. 2-3 hours or even more) of manual transformation for an experienced analyst time, which represents about 20-25% of the total time to complete serviceability assessment studies. This, in turns, limited the number of assessments which could be scheduled and completed in support of serviceability.

Today, Serviceability studies that require part disassembly path simulations are fed into Kineo Path Planner(TM) in order to find a feasible and quick extraction path.

Finding an extraction path controlled by the dynamic collision checker now takes an average of 5-6 minutes, which means about 2 hours or 76% computation time reduction on each part removal assessment compared to the former methodology.

The generated paths and the corresponding swept volumes are the starting points for future data re-use within the vehicle program buck."

"Beyond the significant productivity gain on virtual maintenance checks, it is interesting to note that the whole virtual product development chain is positively influenced by Kineo dynamic collision checking technology", says Mickael Reux, Business Development Manager, Kineo CAM. "Indeed, with Kineo Path Planner(TM), it is now easy and fast to take into account all assembly, disassembly, maintenance, and part interchangeability constraints directly on the Digital Mockup and to precisely document those. This valuable design information, putting forward accurate and relevant design modifications and considerations, can be made available at very early stages of the virtual product conception, thus avoiding to be confronted to Serviceability or Manufacturability issues detected too late".

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