Brandauer is one of the largest contract presswork and stampings companies in Europe, manufacturing precision metal components for customers around the world.
The company offers a complete range of services required for the supply of pressed metal components: from prototyping, design and in-house tool production (or a specialist tool transfer service) through to high-quality manufacturing and logistics.
As with all high volume metal component manufacturing, a significant cost of production is in the press tools used for the stamping processes.
Press tools are subject to wear, and usually need refurbishment or replacement, adding to the overall manufacturing costs. With the support of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership funding, Brandauer is expecting to create a completely new generation of innovative tool design concept, through the application of advanced material and design process knowledge acquired from Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
About the project
This project has presented a number of specific technical challenges to the technical teams at Brandauer and Birmingham City University.
In order to support the design of new tooling concepts the project requires a sound understanding of current material forming processes.
Advanced computational models are required with the capability of predicting the behaviour of the high speed, close tolerance metal forming and cutting actions commonly used within high volume precision metal component forming.
Building on the in-depth understanding gained through the modelling, the technical teams are exploring novel material and design concepts with predictable and extended life properties.
The concept designs are due to be prototyped and tested thoroughly within the company and at the University before being offered to the market as part of the company’s service offering.
A key feature of the project, as with all Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects, is that once it is complete the company will continue to be able to develop further advanced designs and concepts without further dependence on its academic partner as the project will have embedded the advanced design and materials knowledge into the company’s technical teams enabling them to advance the company’s technical capability independently.
Benefits of the project
- New, advanced and proven tooling design concepts
- Increased competitive advantage and market presence
- Embedding of advanced design and materials knowledge within the company
“We are very excited about the potential of this Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with Birmingham City University and see it as an important part of the company’s future technical development.”
Rowan Crozier, CEO