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A new simulation and optimisation tool for 3D UV-curing processes

: Scheibe, A.; Schneider, M.; Westkämper, E.

Teti, R. ; International Institution for Production Engineering Research -CIRP-, Paris; Univ. of Naples:
Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering, CIRP ICME 2006. CD-ROM : 5th CIRP International Seminar, 25-28 July, 2006, Ischia, Italy
Naples, 2006
ISBN: 88-95028-01-5
ISBN: 978-88-95028-01-9
6 S.
International Seminar on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering (ICME) <5, 2006, Ischia>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
coating; UV curing; UV radiation; UV-Härtung; Simulation; Beschichten; Lackieren

UV Curing technology is not only used in conventional fields like printing or wood coating, but increasingly also in complex 3D applications, e.g. for scratch-resistant automotive coatings. In order to achieve a consistent curing quality for the products, UV irradiation should be as homogeneous as possible across the 3D workpiece surface. Therefore, in the industry there is a strong demand for tools for the planning and optimisation of 3D-UV curing processes. In this paper we present a fast and flexible process simulation of UV curing processes as well as appropriate optimisation strategies to optimise the layout of industrial UV curing plants. With the present simulation method, UV irradiance and dose on arbitrarily shaped 3D objects can be calculated, e.g. with respect to lamp positioning, number of lamps needed, power output, lamp motions, conveying speeds. The overall goal is to develop and the to employ the process simulation in the current state of the Digital Factory, in order to represent it in its dynamicity and to advance the idea of the Virtual Factory.