Russian firm picks FiberSIM to drive MAG fiber placement system

Russian engineering and consulting firm SOLVER will use VISTAGY's FiberSIM with a Viper 1200 automated fiber placement (AFP) system from MAG to design and manufacture composite parts on behalf of Voronezh Aircraft Plant.

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VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass., USA), a provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, on Oct. 1 announced the sale of FiberSIM composites engineering software to Russian engineering and consulting firm SOLVER Co. SOLVER will use FiberSIM for the first time in conjunction with a Viper 1200 automated fiber placement (AFP) system from MAG Industrial Automation Systems (Hebron, Ky., USA) to design and manufacture composite parts on behalf of Voronezh Aircraft Plant (VASO) for various projects.

With the FiberSIM Fiber Placement Interface, engineers can automatically generate fiber placement data files within their CAD software systems directly from the 3-D model of a composite part. FiberSIM also has the capability to import the actual paths from fiber placement machines and an interface to drive Automated Ply Verification (APV) inspection equipment, which validates that the as-manufactured part is representative of the as-designed/analyze part.

With the FiberSIM Laser Projection module, SOLVER will also be able to automatically generate laser data files from within its CAD system directly from the 3-D model of the composite part. This is expected to increase engineering productivity, reduce errors and makes it easy to update and maintain laser projection data.

"The use of composite materials is growing rapidly in our market, so there's a critical need for industry-specific engineering solutions that address the complexity of the product development process," said Radislav Birbraer, design and construction chief officer at SOLVER.