What the developer calls a revolutionary new concept, will significantly increase speed, quality, creativity, and innovation when designing gearboxes and drivelines. The software, called ‘Concept’, delivers on the Romax vision of streamlining the end-to-end planning to manufacture process with open, easy to use software.
It has been developed in close collaboration with engineers in the largest ground vehicle, wind energy, and industrial-equipment companies around the globe, to establish the ideal specification for an advanced engineering concept design capability.
The result is a highly intuitive drag and drop design environment enabling rapid creation of concept models. It provides semi-automated sizing, definition, and rating of gears, shafts and bearings, with advanced 3D visualisation capability allowing evaluation and manipulation of key parameters. As a result, it promotes creativity because new design ideas can be evaluated rapidly.
Concept software also uses the developer’s analytical capabilities to enable initial NVH assessments, as well as preliminary mechanical design assessments of alternative concepts.
It is applicable for any gear, shaft, and bearing application, from power tools to mining equipment, and from complex automotive planetary automatic transmissions to the largest wind turbine gearboxes.
The new software enables creativity, effectiveness, and efficiency, while promoting a seamless workflow either stand alone or when used with other CAD packages.
Its innovative easy-to-learn interface lets new users become productive quickly, which means graduate designers through to experienced gearbox and driveline design teams can use it.
Romax Technology Product Manager, Dr Jamie Pears, who is heading up the product launch, believes concept design is one of the most important aspects of the gearbox and driveline product development process. “Early decisions can be crucial in shaping product performance and durability, as well as minimising manufacturing and operating costs,” he said. “However this stage of development can also be expensive and time consuming, meaning that many engineered products fail to reach their full potential.
“This next generation design package, which incorporates many of our advanced analytical algorithms, helps users to pull forward new concepts into durable and highly optimised designs capable of development. It saves development time and cost, as well as improves the quality of the finished product.”
Also supporting Romax’s vision of streamlining end-to-end, planning-to-manufacture process is significant new capability in the company’s flagship products for detailed design and analysis – RomaxDesigner and RomaxWIND. This enhanced capability for improved manufacturability of end-product includes a comprehensive suite of tools that considers gear manufacturing as part of the gear design and analysis activities.
All products – Romax Concept R1, Romax Designer R14.5, and RomaxWIND R14.5 will be available late November.