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RUD Chains Ltd is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing applications that

guarantee ultimate safety when lifting

and moving heavy loads.

The GTMA member's products have been

increasingly popular across the offshore

industry, due to their heavy lift capabilities

of up to 200 tonne, and their robust resistance to

corrosion.

The company offers over 270 different tested and certified lifting / lashing points, 210

of which are for bolting and 60 for welding.

RUD has standard and tailored applications

to meet customer requirements.

The WBPG is the next generation hoist ring

for heavy duty lifting; it can be supplied

from 85-200 tonnes making it a great product for a wide variety of working environments

from

heavy engineering, offshore,

shipyards to the construction industry.

For the offshore industry the WBPG has

been used to lift heavy cable-laid grommets

and offers a removable suspension ring in

the shape of a shackle to attach the cablelaid grommets

to for lifting.

It is loadable from any side in the direction

of the pivot meaning it is suitable for lifting

and turning of heavy loads. It offers threaded holes for the Starpoint VRS for easy vertical

assembly.

The WBPG is ideal for heavy

duty lifting between 85-200 tonnes.

RUD provide standard and tailored solutions to

meet even the most demanding

environments, helping to deliver applications that are

catered to specific requirements, project

aims and environments.

For more information please call 01227 276

611 or email: katie.crane@rud.co.uk.crane" target="_blank" title="Visit katie.crane">katie.crane@rud.co.uk

www.rud.co.uk

RUD CHAINS

Lead Programmer in Tooling and Development. He said

the company has invested in many high end 3D technologies for

manufacturing but it was a particular project that highlighted how it

could significantly enhance the security of its machining processes.

Due to previous limitations, it outsourced a highly complex programming

job and its CAM provider used VERICUT. Discussions

with CGTech's Senior Sales Engineer, Rob Lightfoot, followed and

this resulted in the simulation and verification software being used

to eliminate the risk on a project that used the most advanced

machining operations the company had undertaken. The power of

VERICUT software was demonstrated and subsequently this technology, coupled with Siemens NX CAM

software, was brought inhouse.

"Updating and supplementing our suite of 3D technologies for

enhanced capabilities and visualisation was fundamental to managing the risk of machining high value products,"

said Simon.

"Now, its success is driving the move to shop-wide application."

With advanced programming tools Goodwin needs to be certain

the information sent to the machine tool is correct, that the code

will work as intended and produce the right component.

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FOR OFFSHORE SECTOR

This is why Goodwin manages the risk by checking all code regardless of its source.

"We use highly customised post processors for

our advanced CNC machine tools, but we also convert standard

code into macro format to deliver flexibility where it's needed."

Data is reverse engineered to CAD model format, which when coupled with the related

work holding, custom tooling, manufacturing

stage models, and highly tailored tool paths, allows the whole physical environment

to be visualised. "VERICUT allows us to do that.

It's the solution that pulls it all together, in a virtual machining environment.

We are not just simulating the cutting action of the tool;

we are removing any ambiguity of the processes used to produce

the part," he said.

www.cgtech.co.uk

Laser scanning at Goodwin

compares un-machined raw

material to the finished model in

a virtual environment.

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