Nova Design have an in house Automotive tooling design team comprising of design engineers with many years of Automotive tooling design experience.
Working as 2nd tier OEM suppliers, Nova’s design engineers provide our clients with a mechanical design solution for projects containing a single robot cell through to a complete assembly process. With our wealth of knowledge and experience in automotive tool design we are able to support a fully project managed design contract working to industry standards and working practices.
The majority of our Automotive tooling design projects are completed using a mix of software comprising Catia, RobCAD, Process Simulate and FactoryCAD depending on individual project requirements.
Nova Design have extensive experience in designing and producing solutions for Automotive Body In White tooling, body framing systems, closure lines, sub assembly cells, manual and robotic welding lines, gluing and hemming processes and material handling systems.
Tecnomatix RobCAD software gives Nova’s design engineers the capabilities to design, simulate, analyse, optimise, and create off-line programming of multi-device robotic and automated manufacturing processes in the context of product and production resources. It provides a simultaneous engineering platform to optimise design and manufacture processes and calculate cycle times.
With RobCAD, Nova’s design engineers design lifelike, full action virtual mock-ups of complete manufacturing cells and systems. RobCAD enables manufacturers to flawlessly introduce automated processes by allowing manufacturing engineers to virtually validate automation concepts upfront.
RobCAD generates the most suitable combination of equipment to meet specific manufacturing requests, allowing faster product introduction and early evaluation of manufacturing times, costs and project investments. Equipment can then be used exclusively for production and not wasted on program development.
Process Simulate is a digital manufacturing solution for manufacturing process verification in a 3D environment. Process Simulate is a major enabler of speed-to-market by allowing design and manufacturing organisations to virtually validate manufacturing concepts upfront and throughout the lifecycle of new product introductions. The ability to use the 3D mechanical CAD data of products and resources facilitates virtual validation, optimisation and commissioning of complex manufacturing processes, resulting in faster launch and higher production quality.
Increased complexity of products and manufacturing processes presents manufacturers with time to market and asset optimisation challenges. Design engineering and manufacturing teams are expected to deliver flawless product launches while adhering to cost, quality and production launch targets. To meet these challenges, leading design and manufacturer organisations need to utilise 3D models of product designs and manufacturing resources in order to virtually validate their manufacturing processes prior to the start of production.
Process Simulate provides the answer to these issues through the design and validation of manufacturing processes in a 3D dynamic environment. Nova Design chose to invest in Process Simulate enabling our design engineers to support a variety of robotic and automation processes allowing for simulation, programming and commissioning of complete production systems.
This investment by Nova enables increased speed to market for our clients by allowing us to validate manufacturing concepts virtually, early in the product development process and throughout the lifecycle of product introductions.
Tecnomatix FactoryCAD is a facility layout application that gives Nova’s design engineers everything needed to create detailed, intelligent factory models.
With FactoryCAD, 3D models can be created faster than 2D drawings using conventional CAD. FactoryCAD enables engineers to create full 3D models of factories that provide much more information than 2D drawings, helping them discover potential layout problems early in the design process.
Since these layout models can then be utilised directly in visualisation, material flow, and discrete event simulation programs, offering further considerable time savings.
Instead of having to draw lines, arcs, and circles, FactoryCAD allows Nova’s design engineers to work with “smart objects” that represent virtually all the resources used in a factory, from floor and overhead conveyors, mezzanines and cranes to material handling containers and operators. With these objects, our design engineers “snap” together a layout model without wasting time drawing the equipment.
Overall, getting factories into production sooner with fewer last minute modifications provides significant financial benefits for automotive OEM’s and their respective supply chains.
more about nova
To find out more about the services that Nova offer, please get in touch today!
Rolls-Royce to lead the regeneration of the surplus areas of its site at Ansty, near Coventry, proposing a 2m sq ft industrial scheme with a gross development value of in excess of £250m. The scheme is intended to complement and extend the success of Ansty Park by...
What makes a good Mechanical Design Engineer? As an outsource engineering design consultancy providing professional mechanical design services over the last 30 years or so, we have come to know the ins and outs of what makes a good, reliable mechanical design...
August 1988 - A quick review 1 August 1988 saw beer priced around 91p per pint with the average lager around 98p per pint compared to around the £3.00 per pint mark nowadays. Trouser pockets also got slightly fuller with coins around this time as the UK pound note was...
Trent XWB Engine Assembly Showcasing their engine assembly process, Rolls Royce plc have recently released this video showing one of the latest generation Trent XWB gas turbine engines being assembled. A large number of the engine assembly tools for these procedures...
Over the last 27 years of trading, Nova have successfully undertaken the site survey, layout, structural design and structural detailing for many structural steelwork design projects. Previous engineering design projects have included staircases, platform design and...
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...
This week sees the 10th anniversary of Nova moving into the Innovation Centre on Pensnett Trading Estate. Previously Nova were situated in Pensnett House, around 500 metres from our current location, Nova took the decision to relocate giving us both more room to...