Silgan Containers Corp.: Simulation software for cans
Realistic simulation software, from Silgan Containers, enables the company to predict “real-life” performance of its cans with a high degree of accuracy before a single container is manufactured.
Using Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA,
Silgan evaluates the physical behavior of its design concepts, as well
as projects how the container will “behave” after it is filled and
distributed. As a result, the companyis able to remove as much as three- to
six-months from the design phase and thousands of dollars in tooling
costs. Each design is evaluated from a variety of mechanical
performance aspects including axial load (stacking ability) and
corresponding panel load (crush strength). The software is also used
to optimize existing designs.