CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Bilsing Automation has announced its new 3D Press Line Scanning Service aimed at helping customers improve productivity through accurate simulations of their stamping processes.

Many automakers require that press lines be up and running within a couple of hours of tooling and die installation. This cannot be achieved without simulation and offline programming of the processes in a virtual world, which requires a 3D digital CAD model of the equipment.

The fact is, however, that many press lines lack accurate 3D data, either because the line has been modified over time from the original design or because the data for older lines exists only in 2D drawings. To gather the data Bilsing Automation sends a team and equipment to the customer facility where the scan can be performed within a weekend, allowing the service to be completed without impacting production. Static accuracy of the data is +1 to 3 mm; dynamic accuracy is +1mm.

Once the data has been collected, a digital model of the line is created within three days. From there, various production scenarios of the automation process can be created in two to four weeks. All press and robot motions are simulated to ensure that no collisions occur and that throughput requirements can be met. This helps eliminate re-tooling during the build phase, hugely affecting system launch time.

The simulation helps to verify the Strokes per Minute (SPM) of the pressline on a specific die set. This simulation optimization will be translated in an off line program to be set up on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) of the pressline.

“Our goal is to push technology up front in the process in order to gain return in press line speed,” said Ben Pauzus, Bilsing Automation general manager. “Simulation optimizes production and reduces troubleshooting on the plant floor where it impacts production.”

To find out more about the 3D Press Line Scanning Service, contact Bilsing Automation at 586-463-0686 or email


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