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PSMotion Ltd. was established in 2005 by Kevin Stamp and Adam Peacock. We were closely involved with Camlinks and were aware of its power and potential. Camlinks was first released in 1990 and had 4 major releases. George Rooney, who developed Camlinks, sadly died in 2004 just as George, Kevin and Adam had formed a new company, Camlinks Ltd.
We chose to start again with a new product specifically aimed at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing and Design and Build markets.
We released MotionDesigner in 2006 and have since been developing MechDesigner.
To pay the bills, we have also developed several special purpose machines and assembly machines. Building machines kept us us up-to-date and maintained our knowledge of the best features machine design software should have. We have focused on the attribute all packaging machines have: movement. One difficulty when designing high-quality packaging machines is optimizing the many interacting synchronous axes. MechDesigner, we hope, goes a long way towards helping to design with this requirement at its core.
MechDesigner was released in March 2012 and now our thoughts are turning to developing the product further. Of course, we have many ideas and pet projects and it is important that our users, both current and potential, feedback to us features they would like to see in the product.
ABOUT US - the Directors
Kevin Stamp started his career in the Merchant Navy with a 4 year Apprenticeship. He left to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in High Speed Packaging Machinery at the Mechanisms and Machines Group, Liverpool John Moores University. Here, he developed his passion for mechanisms, kinematics, and motion design. He joined Unilever and a new group focused at the performance improvement of packaging machinery. He spent some time in India where he was responsible for Technology Transfer, and also some years in the USA at a Packaging Design and Machinery Technology Centre. Returning, he developed new machine concepts, and was responsible for supervising and sponsoring PhDs at King's College London and belonged to the King's College London Industrial Advisory Group. He joined Adam Peacock in his new company that was to develop a radical new machine concept that would redefine a supply chain with massive supply chain savings.
Adam Peacock started his career with Unilever, and quickly become a star development engineer turning his hand to emerging digital measurement technologies such as signal processing, machine 'fingerprinting', machine continuous monitoring and reliability, machine vibration and control. With his in-depth knowledge of machine-material interactions and his deep mathematical understanding of physical phenomena, he was responsible for the success of many machine performance improvements of existing installed machines with global significance. He invented a new machine manufacturing concept and was the main protagonist for a new company, backed by venture capital, that would have reduced supply chain costs significantly.
- 3D Cams: 3D Cams, to include: barrel cams, globoidal, and parallel indexers, interfacing with SolidWorks.
- Mechanism Patterning: Many mechanisms are often repeated in patterns, for example chain links, multiple epicyclic planet gears. The patterns are slightly more complicated than seen in 3D CAD software in that we must also consider how we pattern the timing element of the mechanism.
- Motion Design: We see that there is a lot more that can be done with Motion Design. Motions charts in a machine are invariably linked by product transfers, linking the timing between one mechanism and another. We aim to include these links as constraints between motion charts that ensure that motions can be optimized as a group rather than individually.
- Optimization: MechDesigner has included Design-Sets from the outset. We recognize that Design-Sets can be extended to do mechanism optimization automatically. Now that we can efficiently calculate forces, we have something more concrete to optimize. Invariably, mechanism optimization comes down to minimizing forces and torque as these are dominant in influencing machine cost and performance.
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