Electrochemical machining tooling development can be cut from months to weeks with a new simulation system, says University of Brussels spin-off company Elysca. The simulation system is part of a computer-aided engineering and manufacturing product developed by Elysca.

Having developed the software with a major European maintenance, repair and overhaul company, the process modelling specialist is launching its product in that market. The MRO company worked with Elysca to develop the tooling design capability for electro­chemical processes.

Elysca says the software modelling can help to optimise tooling for electrochemically coating parts such as high-pressure turbine blades, nozzles, guide vanes and hydraulic actuation components. But the real advantage is the accelerated development time for the tooling.

"This system can allow companies to reduce [tooling] development time by up to 60-70%," says Elysca's aerospace business manager Alan Rose. He adds that complex tooling can be developed virtually to help companies combine production operations to increase productivity.

Source: Flight International