ETA and Red Cedar Form Strategic Partnership to Offer Complete Die System Simulation & Optimization Solution
Troy, MI and East Lansing, MI – Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership with Red Cedar Technology to offer the most complete and powerful solution on the market for die system simulation and optimization. Under the new arrangement, ETA will embed Red Cedar’s proprietary optimization technology, SHERPA, into a module of its DYNAFORM product. The new module will be called OP, for Optimization Platform, and will initially be focused on supporting drawbead optimization to determine proper binder force, lubrication, gage, and material. The module will also support 2D optimization of blank shape and size. Eventually, the two companies expect to offer full auto die face optimization.
ETA plans to introduce this latest module of DYNAFORM™ at the end of Q4, 2012 as part of DYNAFORM™ release 5.9. The OP module will use the same common interface as the other modules of DYNAFORM, which includes Blank Size Engineering (BSE), Formability Simulation (FS) and Die System Analysis (DSA).
“ETA evaluated the SHERPA optimization engine while developing our proprietary Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process during the Future Steel Vehicle program,” stated Arthur Tang, Vice President of ETA. “Based on that work, it was clear that SHERPA was the best solution for DYNAFORM optimization. We’re pleased to offer such powerful optimization capabilities in a convenient and affordable die simulation package.
Engineering Technology Associates, Inc.
1133 E Maple Rd, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48083
1133 E Maple Rd
Troy, MI 48083
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