Dotmar Helps Engineers Design with Thermoplastics

As engineering plastics replace metals in many applications, engineers are required to come to grips with the different performance parameters to ensure they specify the right thermoplastic material for the application.

Dotmar excels not only in the distribution of thermoplastic stock shapes, but also offers technical support, material selection and applications development advice across Australia & New Zealand. The latest CAD/CAM design software, CAMSAD (Computer Aided Selection and Design) and RITA (Röchling's Integrated Tank Building Assistant) are used to accurately design parts and components to the customer's specifications.

The Röchling Integrated Tank Assist (RITA) programme, streamlines methods of designing, building and costing PP and PE tanks to maximise benefits of the advanced materials compared with conventional alternatives such as fiberglass. Applications are in industries ranging from mining, mineral processing and chemical engineering to process engineering and water and waste water treatment.

These benefits of using RITA include:

  • cost savings
  • ease of fabrication
  • increased lifespan in tanks

The sophisticated and powerful Computer-aided Materials Selection and Design (CAMSAD) programme is used to help engineers and manufacturers produce better bushes and bearings for machinery. CAMSAD is used to select appropriate thermoplastic materials for bushes and bearings, and to give press-fits and running clearances. CAMSAD has been developed for industries ranging from food, beverage and water through to automotive, construction, energy, irrigation, materials handling, mining and resources and primary processing.

By automatically fast-tracking the mechanical development of bearings and bushes from their conceptual design through to production, CAMSAD permits prompt responses to inquiries from manufacturers, engineers and engineering contractors concerning the construction, installation, commissioning, maintenance, upgrade and replacement of equipment.

Accurately selecting the appropriate Dotmar material for conversion into customised, machined bearings, CAMSAD introduces considerable time savings, therefore limiting planning delays.

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