ECN, specifically the MO2P Branch (Production Process Modelization and Optimization) main research focus is to define, develop, simulate and optimize the whole manufacturing process of mechanical parts within a product/process framework. This means looking at conventional material removal based processes (machining), for which ECN has developed and demonstrated several new milling strategies (trochoidal and plunge milling) while at the same time evaluating and comparing, with strong experimental validations, several machining strategies. It also means looking at innovative material addition based processes (Laser Cladding, ISF), on which ECN has a strong history of creating and pushing the envelope of fundamental knowledge surrounding those processes.
With extensive experience, ECN couples the study and optimization of several physical processes along with virtual production which enters the modeling and simulation world to further improve process optimization.
The rethink of the conventional CAD/CAM/CNC numerical manufacturing chain for single and for multi-process manufacturing makes it possible for ECN to introduce an advanced CNC programming approach and platform. First developed for STEP-NC research, the ECN advanced programing platform allows the benefits of optimization in the virtual and physical processes to be realized in the fabrication of industrial parts either by conventional milling/HSM machine tools or with innovative industrial equipments such as the PKM and CLAD machine tools.
Within FoFdation, ECN is strategically positioned to be able to exploit and maximize the use of its knowledge and experiences across several of the project's work packages and tasks. ECN brings knowledge of manufacturing standards (STEP-NC etc), of machining processes, of process modeling, simulation and optimization. As a key demonstration site and future site of one of FoFdation's Living Labs (InnoLab France), ECN hosts both the conventional (Legacy) and innovative (Open-NC) machine tools that the project’s goals, solutions, results and frameworks will be demonstrated on to the European manufacturing community and to the general public.
|Jean Yves Hascoet|