Virtual Design

Being a Control Systems integrator and General Contractor lends us to be designers by nature.

Solid object modeling and virtual simulation software has opened up new realms for automation design and client communication. We rely heavily on these mediums to transfer ideas and open conversations between designers, clients and suppliers for the best possible solution. Initial concepts, reach studies, cycles time studies, error proofing and safety risk assessments are all greatly enhanced with the advent of these time saving technologies.

Whether it be tooling, cells or factories, virtualization and simulation help insure you get the best possible solution in the shortest amount of time.

  • 3D Solid Object Modeling
  • Automation Fixturing, Work Cells, Robotic End of Arm Tooling
  • Plant Utilities including Electrical Power Services, Process Piping and Industrial Lighting
  • Plant HVAC Systems
  • Process Heating and Cooling including Combustion Controls and Chillers
  • Robotic applications simulated in realtime.

Project Profiles/Application Experience Examples:

  • Furnace Load Concept Visualization
    An oil cooler supplier asked DRM to consider ways to upgrade an antiquated loading system for their vacuum brazing furnaces. Additional load bearing capacities were needed based in increasing product demand. DRM used 3D design along with sound structural engineering to devise a concept and budgetary costs for a proposed system upgrade.

    We also offered a replacement solution involving FANUC’s M2000 1350kG robot. Using 3D design, we planted this robot in a virtual plant replication. While the robot was definitely a departure from a typical loader, it offered numerous advantages for layout, part transport and serviceability. Without the aid of 3D graphics, it would have been nearly impossible to design much less present this solution as a viable option to our client.

  • Tire Handling System
    A major OTR tire manufacturer asked DRM to concept a tire handling machine that could include their newest and largest models. DRM visited the site, spoke with key personnel and developed a 3D design for a proposed layout. Robots, existing machinery, fork trucks, pedestrian operators and ventilation systems were all incorporated into the design.

    The 3D design environment allowed us to maneuver tires and tooling through this concept cell. With our laptop PC’s, we were able to visit the site and make edits while our meetings progressed. The end result was everyone understand what was needed to upgrade their system in the most efficient, safe and robust ways.