Founded in 2011, PIQ2 develops and supports software solutions for the casting and foundry industries.
These are innovative solutions combining state of the art advanced modelling calculation technology with the enormous practical experience of both founders and partners working for many years in this specific area.
The company is located within the offices of The Centre for Multi-sector Technologies (CSMT) in the engineering faculty of the University of Brescia, Italy. As a result PiQ2 has the benefits of privileged contacts with the academic world and resulting synergies with financed research projects, qualified research manpower, consultancy and access to the foundry laboratories for testing the advanced modelling theories.
The solutions developed by PiQ2 are based on a revolutionary concept for the world of software used in process simulation applications: the co-existence, within a single piece of software of advanced mathematical calculations based on the laws of physics and the development teams’ many years of practical foundry experience.
It is therefore a tool that combines the theory of casting, governed by the laws of physics with an empirical experience coming from the foundry. The numeric results of the simulations are compared with the practical experience and presented in a way that is easy to understand for those used to the process, while providing warnings of critical areas and suggestions that will improve the project and/or process.
Forecasting the machine trials by computer (given the speed and accuracy of the results) employs a fraction of the resources necessary to achieve the desired quality on the factory floor. In addition, the PiQ2 solution offers the ability to improve knowledge: as an expert system the solution acquires knowledge from the operating methods of the company and offers practical suggestions to the user (both in the design and production phases) that allow the user to better understand the process and use this knowledge within the company.
PiQ2 has chosen to use some Open Source solutions in combination with utilities for pre and post processing developed and tested in house.
The software allows us to realise a fluid-dynamic solution that provides for optimal quality, thanks to continual testing followed by thousands of developers and researchers throughout the life of the project.
The development community has an international spread and is of a significant dimension. Community means evolution, cultural exchange and a use of open standards that allows for easier integration with other technologies and communities.
In addition it means a reduction in cost for the end user and a software quality and service, guaranteed in part by many companies within the software development community.
There are multiple industrial benefits, including:
Reduction of the cost of dedicated personnel. The PiQ2 solution does not require dedicated users and indeed contributes to the professional growth and understanding of those running the process.
Reduction of die setup and trial costs – this reduction comes from different areas of the process including the reduction of die design changes, savings in material costs, specialised labour and energy consumption.
Added value from the virtual technology simulation provides substantial and proven information that allows the designer to use the optimal parameters for the process. The information becomes part of the company assets that can be used in client discussions and through the documentation.
Design improvements can be achieved through the software’s part and runners optimization that fulfills the requests of a specific process and a specific machine. For example an optimized casting means a less complex mould and resultantly lower costs with greater quality of the manufactured component.