In modern process development, numerical simulation (Computer Aided Engineering - CAE) is a key technology. Production facilities are analysed and optimised with the help of virtual product data models. Applied at a very early stage of the product development process, CAE provides methods tried and tested in practice to reduce development times and costs within the projects.
Industrial heat processes such as wafer cleaning/drying, paint drying or plastics forming are usually examined in the laboratory in a costly and time-consuming manner using thermal processing (TP). The use of CAE tools enables fast and efficient simulation and optimisation of these processes.
- The use of CAE simulation enables the calculation of precise information about temperature distribution in substrates and components, or repercussions on ambient influences.
- Air flow routing or possible pressure drops within various chambers of the plant can be calculated and visualised in dependence on the fans used and the temperature gradients.
- In this way, changes to the design of the plants are checked already on the computer and optimisation measures are evaluated.
- The reasons for quality fluctuation or options for optimising critical production steps can be detected. This makes it easy to find the possibilities to improve energy efficiency and process quality.