Nova Appoint Engineering Manager

Nova are pleased to announce that following an internal promotion, our new Engineering Manager is Steve Holt.

Working alongside Nick Parry (Engineering Director), Steve is now responsible for the day to day running of our internal design office allocating engineering design projects to the appropriate design engineer(s) and managing the design office resource loadings.

Acting as the interface between Nova’s design team and our various clients, Steve will be running the design office in accordance with Nova’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality Assurance procedures to ensure all engineering design projects meet our customers expected requirements.

Steve can be contacted via email or via his direct dial – 01384 405 987

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Ansys 17.0 FEA Software Downloaded and Installed

FEA – Ansys DesignSpace V17.0

Nova have recently upgraded our ANSYS Finite Element Analysis software package to ANSYS V17.0, the latest release of the engineering simulation technology suite, designed to optimise product development processes. This ensures our FEA and engineering design team keep the latest tools at their disposal, in order to provide a reliable, high quality service.FEA - Ansys Designspace

Built on a platform that accurately streamlines workflow among simulation applications, ANSYS 17.0 delivers critical multi-physics solutions, enhancements to pre-processing and meshing capabilities as well as a new parametric high performance computing (HPC) licensing model to make design exploration more scalable.”

As part of our in-house engineering design consultancy, we offer Finite Element Analysis as part of our design service. We use ANSYS DesignSpace to carry out our FEA work and it forms a crucial part of many of our client’s projects. In modern times we feel that the growing importance of FEA cannot be understated.

Ansys DesignSpace V17.0The importance behind FEA lies in its ability to perform tests on a concept before it is made real, reducing the time and cost needed to foster product innovations. This can save you thousands of pounds in design and manufacturing stages, by using FEA tests as the design stage progresses. ANSYS DesignSpace allows us to perform a number of real world simulations such as thermal, structural, weight optimisation and more.

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ANSYS DesignSpace software is an easy-to-use simulation package that provides designers with tools to conceptualise, design and validate their ideas right on the desktop. ANSYS DesignSpace software, a subset of the ANSYS Professional product, enables real-world, static structural and thermal, dynamic, weight optimisation, vibration mode, and safety factor simulations to be performed on designs without the need for advanced analysis knowledge.

FEA - Finite Element AnalysisExisting native CAD geometry can be used directly with ANSYS structural analysis software — with no translation, no IGES and no intermediate geometry formats. ANSYS has provided native bidirectional integration with the most popular CAD systems for more than a decade. Integration directly into the CAD menu bar makes it very simple to launch world-class simulation directly from a CAD system.

Since the ANSYS geometry import mechanism is common to all CAD systems, the user has the flexibility to work within a single common simulation environment while using multiple CAD packages.

Once the geometry has been imported, ANSYS structural software tools automatically detect and perform setup for contacts or joints between parts of an assembly. The contact settings and options can be modified, and additional manual contact definitions can be added. Joints for flexible/rigid dynamics are automatically detected. Each contact or joint is easily identified using the graphical tools provided in the environment.

ANSYS structural analysis software offers a large library of out-of-the box equation solvers. The library contains the sparse direct solver, preconditioned conjugate gradient (PCG) iterative solver, Jacobi conjugate gradient (JCG) solution and more. In addition, the distributed versions of PCG, JCG, and sparse solvers are available for use in large-scale computing via parallel processing. By combining our parallel algorithms with the power of GPUs, you can further reduce the solution time required for large models.

Variational technology from ANSYS allows accelerating computation of normal modes for cyclic structures, especially when a large number of harmonic indexes are required. Frequency sweeps such as those found in harmonic analyses benefit from variational technology as well. Typical speedup factors range from three to 10 times. Transient thermal runs and certain classes of nonlinear structural transient problems are computed in a shorter time using these same principles.

Ansys DesignSpace V17.0 FEAANSYS FEA software provides a comprehensive set of post-processing tools to display results on models as contours or vector plots to provide summaries of the results (like min/max values and locations). Powerful and intuitive slicing techniques allow the user to get more detailed results over given parts of geometries. All results can be exported as text data or to a spreadsheet for further calculations. Animations are provided for static cases as well as for nonlinear or transient histories. Any result or boundary condition can be used to create customised charts.

“ANSYS 17.0 provides a great number of new and advanced features that bolster product performance and integrity through deeper design insight. The many new features in ANSYS 17.0, combined with ANSYS Workbench, deliver additional physics depth and breadth that can be scaled to meet the changing needs of customers.

The latest release from ANSYS supports our existing mechanical design software packages including AutoCAD, Inventor, Creo, Inventor, Unigraphics NX, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Mechanical Desktop and Catia.

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Nova retain ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Nova have once again proved that our internal ISO 9001:2008 Mission Statement of “Right First Time” is worthy of the way in which we conduct our design services.

ISO 9001:2008 CertificateWe have successfully passed the first external ISO 9001:2008 audit of 2016 with flying colours – NO non-conformances 🙂

Said a delighted Simon Parry (Nova’s Business Development Director) “At Nova Design, we have always been proud of the service we offer our clients. Now with the continuation of our ISO award this has been confirmed by outside experts who are used to judging service on a daily basis in a wide variety of trades and industries”.

Steve Berry, who undertook the assessment for CQS (Certified Quality Systems) Limited, paid particular tribute to the “investment in people and training that enables Nova to provide an efficient service to their customers.”

The Nova Design team is committed to total quality, and operate under a “Right First Time” philosophy and remain – Certified for “The Provision of Engineering Design Services”.

Next step for Nova is to upgrade the certification to the latest ISO standard – ISO9001:2015

This will be undertaken before Easter 2016, giving us 8 months or so to iron out any new procedures before the next external ISO 9001 audit.

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Nova Design Wish All A Merry Christmas 2015

All the staff at Nova would like to wish all clients past, present and hopefully future a Merry Christmas 2015 and our best wishes for a prosperous 2016.

Christmas Greetings - Nova Design

2016 is certainly looking positive in the field of mechanical engineering and our recruitment team are ready and waiting to employ additional design engineers as client successes dictate.

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Nova unearth CAD treasure

One of our design engineers was having a clear out of his garage at the weekend and came across a box of older draughting equipment – mechanical propelling pencils, scale rules etc

In an old, battered A4 envelope were these . . . . . .

Pafec Dogs install disks - Nova Design

Not only was Pafec Dogs one of the first widely available CAD systems, but there are actually 9 of the old 5.25″ floppy disks.

CAD Software installation media - Nova Design

We couldn’t see any markings on the actual disks but capacity wise they are either 180KB or 360KB each – giving a total capacity of between 1.6 and 3.2MB for a complete 2D CAD program. Looking at the Autodesk recommendations for Autocad 2016 (2D) the recommendation is for 6GB free disc space – how things have changed . . . . . .

3.2MB of CAD Installation media - Nova Design

Wonder if it could be installed under Windows 10 ???

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Coolest Thing In Company Reception

One of our Directors was visiting a new client this morning and came across this little gem in their reception area.

Company Reception Area

The story goes that it’s the actual car driven by Rubens Barrichello in the 1997 Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

1997 Monaco F1 GP - Rubens Barrichello

Other than missing the engine / gearbox and brake calipers it’s virtually as it left Monaco.

Coolest Item In Office Reception

We thought it way too cool not to share with our blog readers.

Reception F1 Memorabilia

Do any of you have anything as cool as this in your reception area ??




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