Martin Engineering, a supplier of solids handling systems, has expanded its use of EDEM software in design optimisation and development, which include all aspects of conveyor systems and transfer points for multiple industrial sectors.
The EDEM software from DEM Solutions provides a means of testing the performance of design prototypes to determine the best system configuration to match the solid materials and operating conditions. The software is fully integrated with CAD design software, enabling direct use of 3D solid models of equipment with easy-to-use tools for definition of material properties and movement of components such as conveyor belts and rollers.
James Gassen, Martin Engineering’s vice president of Product Development, said: ‘We find EDEM software allows us to easily and accurately model our conceptual designs.’
With the short simulation times and data visualisation and analysis tools, EDEM enables engineers to quickly iterate towards the optimum design at the same time gaining insights into the interactions between the physical characteristics of the bulk solids (size and shape distribution, flow properties, etc.) and the equipment design and operating parameters.
Martin Engineering researches, develops, and tests structures and products that improve the operation of conveyor systems and transfer points, including engineered chutes, belt accessories, air cannons, vibration equipment, and other flow aid devices, dust and spillage control equipment, and other leading-edge conveyor technologies and parts. Martin Engineering was one of the first solids handling systems suppliers to use EDEM and now routinely uses the software in design and configuration of their conveyors, chutes and transfer points.