"To make the benefits that can be
realized from effective utilization of modern CAE tools accessible to everyone
involved in the design, toolmaking, and/or manufacturing of plastic
products, regardless of company size "
In the early 90's, while working as the Regional Manager for the top flow analysis software providers, I realized
some of the primary
reasons that flow analysis was not being used by a majority of companies in the
The most glaring of these was the lack of personnel with the
combination of skills that are required to use these programs and derive
meaningful conclusions from the results that they generate.
While computer savvy and an engineering/ chemistry degree are
extremely helpful, hands-on experience producing plastic parts is
essential. Most operations have this person on their staff. He's usually
easy to spot because of the many hats he wears during the course of the workday.
This is usually the one that 'gets it done' when others fail. Unfortunately,
because he's already doing several jobs, taking on the Analysis Specialist title
is normally asking for compromise.
What this results in is either inadequate training and/or not
enough time to dedicate to becoming truly proficient using the tools. The net
result of this is that any analysis work gets put on the back burner. When they
do get done, the results are erroneous or inconclusive. Ultimately this
experience creates a negative organizational mindset regarding flow analysis.
The final conclusion is that while
companies could be helped by flow analysis, few that bring
the software in-house see consistent benefits.
FloWest was started as an attempt to provide every company,
regardless of personnel or financial resources, access to these programs on an
as needed basis.