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Oleo launches hydraulic buffer simulation software

Design engineers looking for hydraulic buffer technology for applications such as dockside cranes, steelworks and rail infrastructure, are set to benefit from brand new simulation and configuration software released by Oleo International.

The crash energy technology specialist has launched its new Simulation Software, which allows design engineers to investigate the controlled deceleration of moving equipment, whatever the speed of impact, to define the appropriate buffer solution for any given scenario. The software takes the mass and velocity for a moving object and analyses figures for stroke, mass, and velocity to calculate the final impact force and deceleration; pointing design engineers to an appropriate buffer to absorb the impact. For design engineers working on dockside equipment in marine environments, or crane builders, the new software will provide more information and control in specifying a buffer for an application and estimating the dynamic performance of the buffer when in service.

The software allows the user to optimise the hydraulic buffers performance characteristics for their specific application and allow them to down load the simulation data, buffer characteristics, installation drawings and3D CAD model as well as issue a request for the manufacturing of his customised solution. The technology is an advancement of Oleo’s existing 1D Rail Simulation software, which evaluates options for various energy absorption methods used in bolt on devices, including couplers, buffers, anti-climbers and other crush elements for the rail industry. Redeveloped and tailored specifically for industrial sectors and design engineers, the new innovation is the latest in a long line of technology advancements at the company. It follows the recent launch of Oleo’s new solution for applications requiring low energy absorption capabilities, its Type 1 range of industrial buffer, which was introduced at this year’s TOC Europe exhibition.

Gregory Le Brasseur, General Sales Manager for Oleo International explained how the software was developed.

“Similar to our 1D Rail software, we wanted technology that was intuitive and easy to use for design engineers, which would help them find safer buffer solutions in a more accurate and automated way. Our Industrial Simulation and Configuration software complements our existing software range perfectly and will become a vital resource for design engineers working in dockside and marine environments.”

Following the configuration process, the software allows a user to download a 3D CAD file to incorporate the suggested buffer product within another design in third party CAD software, with seamless integration. Its release marks a key point in Oleo’s future roadmap for its software range.

Gregory Le Brasseur added: “Our industrial software will be translated into a variety of languages to make it accessible for the multiple global markets that we serve. The next step for us is to develop our range even further to accommodate the global elevator market, which is another growing sector for us.”

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