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This public resource center contains information related to a movement gaining momentum throughout the simulation world – the Democratization of Simulation. There are many changes afoot that promise to extend the power of simulation to everyone, not just the experts. Here, you’ll access to the latest news, articles, presentations, videos, webinars, success stories and related materials to help you understand the state-of-the-art. You can also gain access to our Topic Moderators  and Simulation Experts – they can help you navigate the pot holes along the journey to democratize your simulation investments. Join the Revolution!

  • Success Stories

    What good is a revolution if it doesn’t result in useful change? See how companies are achieving measurable improvements in time savings, simulation data…
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  • Democratization at CAASE

    The CAASE Conference in Cleveland, June 5-7, will feature a wealth of presentations on the challenges and ROI of real-world democratization efforts at a number of companies in the US and elsewhere.
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  • By the Numbers: Democratization

    Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2019, the analytics output of business users with self-service capabilities will surpass that of professional data scientists.

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    The global simulation software market is expected to grow from $6.26 billion in 2017 to $13.45 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.5%.  Similarly, the cloud-based simulation market reached $3.3 billion in 2016, and is expected to have a CAGR of 11.4% through 2025, reaching $8.5 billion.

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  • A Business Centric Approach to Simulation Democratization

    Dr. Juan F. Betts from Front End Analytics discusses a business centric approach to successfully deploying simulation democratization initiatives.

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    This presentation was given at the CAASE18 conference. It discusses a methodology currently being successfully employed  at major OEMs and Tier-1 Automotive Suppliers to develop and implement Simulation Democratization in large and complex organizations.

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  • Enabling Democratization by Engineers for Engineers

    John Aldred, VP of Product Management for HBM Prenscia provides this presentation at the CAASE 18 conference.

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    This presentation discusses: why democratization is not more widely adopted, Democratization in practice, Democratization in the hands of engineers, and the process to create an App.

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  • A Journey Towards Commoditization of Simulation & Analysis IT Resources to Support Democratization

    John Deere's Ashish Jaiswal provides this presentation at the CAASE 18 conference.

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    This presentation discusses: Changing fidelity of models, Efforts toward democratization, and the need for re-look at the license model.

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  • Implementing Rules-Based Simulation Automation for Democratizing Automotive Wheel Design

    CAE Engineers Tim Hood and Jeromy Elder present the Goal, Challenges and Successes of Democratizing Simulation at Superior Industries.

    Solution Providers:

    Comet Solutions

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    Implementation Goals:

    Reduce the time required to clean up CAD geometry and generate a precise FEA mesh based on known criteria. The current average time for geometry cleanup and mesh creation is more than eight hours. For complex asymmetric wheels, this time can be sixteen hours. It is desired to reduce this time to less than four hours

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  • The Challenges & ROI of the Democratization of Simulation – Why Progress is Slow

    Comet Solutions' Malcolm Panthaki discusses why Democratized Simulation isn't implemented overnight.

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    Given at the CAASE 18 conference, this presentation includes case studies from GKN Driveline and NASA Langley

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  • Lensing 2020 and beyond: 8 megatrends in engineering modeling and simulation

    Eight megatrends that will drive leaps forward in engineering modeling & simulation technologies, methods and work processes through 2020 and beyond.

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    This second decade of the twenty-first century is witnessing an explosion of invention and innovation in digital engineering technologies unrivaled since the 1980s, when so many foundational tools and methods were either created or brought to practical fruition.  Bruce Jenkins (Ora Research) discusses eight megatrends that he believes will drive generational leaps forward in engineering modeling and simulation technologies, methods and work processes through 2020 and well beyond.

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  • RevolutionInSimulation.org – A New, Public Web Community for the Democratization of Simulation

    Given at CAASE 2018, this presentation discusses the mission of a new on-line resource in support of Democratized Simulation.

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    This presentation discusses the mission of Rev-Sim.Org along with discussing its role in support of simulation consumers and experts & solution providers. You’ll also meet the topic moderators and organizations sponsoring the growing initiative to support Democratized Simulation.

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  • The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates

    CIMdata report of a 2012 presentation by Malcolm Panthaki on the use and benefits of Intelligent Templates to Democratize Simulation.

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    The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates
    Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation

    An “Intelligent Template” is an innovative concept in product development that focuses on the automation of simulation processes across a product family. The template leverages the common functional architecture across the product family using a concept called the Abstract Model. This functional model of the product family is independent of a particular instance of the product design and of its geometry. The template captures the simulation best practices of the organization and enforces them when it is executed on a particular instance of the product design.

    Experts must create the templates, but non-experts can use them reliably.

    Keith Meintjes, CIMdata Practice Manager, 2012.
    This publication is derived from the keynote presentation by Malcolm Panthaki of Comet Solutions at the CIMdata annual conference, PLM Road Map 2011.

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  • Using (Simulation) Templates to Support The Engineering Designer

    ASME paper on simulation templates for designers.

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    This ASME paper, “Using Templates To Support The Engineering Designer Performing Computer-Based Design Analysis”, authored by Hakan Petersson, discussed how simulation templates can be used by engineering (CAD) designers  to perform complex simulations.

    Here is an extract from the Abstract:
    The introduction of TBDA in an industrial setting has resulted in many advantages, such as shorter lead times, opportunities to generate more concept candidates, and increased collaboration between the engineering designers and the design analysts, all of them contributing to more mature technical solutions. Three different automation levels of TBDA have also been identified and accounted for as well as being exemplified. In the companies in which TBDA has not been implemented, some of the reasons for not doing so are high costs, company policy, and the lack of knowledge and experience on the part of the engineering designer. This paper presents the results both from the new online survey as well as from the interviews. © 2015 by ASME

    ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition: November 13-19, 2015, Houston, Texas, USA, New York: ASME Press, 2015, Vol. 11, article id V011T14A002

    PS: Hakan Petersson has published his PhD Thesis on this topic.

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  • Wind ITO Fulfillment Center: Capturing Proprietary Processes for Wind Farm Siting Analysis

    Democratizing Simulation at General Electric Global and General Electric Renewables wind farm engineering.

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    Program Advantages:

    – Automates multiple sequential or parallel siting analyses, where each analysis may itself execute multiple steps.

    – Provides the flexibility to define the workflow and the set of steps that form the analysis, as well as the dependencies among them.

    – Serves as a corporate knowledge base while providing automated reporting & searching of previous analyses.

    – Provides the same simplified user experience and global access to the entire wind farm engineering team and the sales organization

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  • Template-Based Design Analysis

    Interesting discussion among members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group on the pros and cons of Template-Based Design Analysis.

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    A recent PhD thesis titled, “Template Based Design Analysis – An Alternative Approach for the Engineering Designer to Perform Computer-Based Design Analysis”, by Håkan Petersson of Lund University was shared with members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group and generated a lively (email) discussion. The discussion was documented in this article in the NAFEMS Benchmark magazine.

    The participants discuss the pros and cons, and the dangers and potential ROI of simulation templates, borrowing from their extensive experience implementing and deploying them over the last couple of decades.

    October 2017

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 3)

    Part 3 of a 3-part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

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    This third and final installment is focuses on a revolutionary new generation of fit-for-purpose, product-specific and often user-organization-specific simulation “apps.” By placing advanced simulation and analysis technologies “under the hood” from the user’s perspective, simulation apps are making unprecedented powers of automated design exploration, optimization, synthesis and validation accessible, usable and safe for non-analyst engineers and designers across a wide and still growing range of products and industries.

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized at Last (Part 2)

    Part 2 of Bruce Jenkins series on the Democratization of Simulation.

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    Two decades after software vendors’ first efforts to put simulation and analysis capabilities in the hands of non-analyst engineers and designers, a wealth of new technological avenues have opened up to finally make this a practical reality.

    Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research
    February, 2017

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  • Simulation is Becoming Democratized (Part 1)

    Part 1 of a three part series discussing the Democratization of Simulation.

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    Two decades ago, engineering software developers launched their first efforts to make simulation and analysis capabilities accessible and safe to use by engineers and designers who were not professionally trained analysts.  Let’s see where we are now.

    Bruce Jenkins
    December, 2016

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  • Simulation Apps: Simulation for Everyone!

    Simulation Applications are advancing product quality, innovation, and productivity by allowing non-experts to safely run simulations.

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    Comet Founder & CTO, Malcolm Panthaki discusses how Simulation Applications are able to advance product quality, innovation, and productivity by capturing and extending the expertise and knowledge of CAE experts to allow non-experts to safely run simulations.

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  • Analysis Template Development at NASA Langley

    Achieving safe, robust, and feasible Democratization at NASA Langley Research Center.

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    From the CAASE 18 conference, this presentation outlines NASA Langley’s Democratized Simulation implementation and how challenges were overcome with intelligent templates.

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  • Simulation for Everyone who Needs it!

    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?

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    What if there was a way to capture and embed the tangible knowledge and intangible judgement of your CAE experts throughout the product development team?  SimApps from Comet Solutions are driving new product development by democratizing simulation.

    Siemens PLM Community
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization of CAE – Wading Through the Hype

    The current state of democratized simulation.

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    The current state of democratized simulation.

    Malcolm Panthaki, Founder & CTO of Comet Solutions
    June, 2016

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  • Simulation Governance: Accelerating the Adoption of Smart Engineering Simulation Apps

    What is the meaning of simulation, numerical simulation and Simulation Governance? What is the role of Simulation Governance in the adoption and deployment of FEA-based simulation apps? This presentation addresses these questions and more…

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    The role of Simulation Governance in the adoption and deployment of FEA-based simulation apps.

    Ricardo Actis, President & CEO of ESRD
    April, 2018

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  • Democratization of Structural Analysis using Meta-Code and Web Apps

    Learn how simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged.

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    Learn how the power of simulation can deliver more innovative products to market faster and how a small population of simulation experts can be better leveraged by using simulation automation templates and SimApps.

    M. Z. Eckblad, Intel
    June, 2016

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  • Democratization Lessons Learned from an Enterprise Practitioner

    GKN's journey to democratized CAE.

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    GKN’s Glenn Valine discusses the company’s journey to democratized CAE.

    GKN Driveline North America
    June, 2016

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  • GKN Driveline: Propshaft Analysis

    Implementing and leveraging Democratized Simulation at GKN Driveline delivers big results.

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    Presented at CAASE 18, this presentation outlines the challenges and benefits of Democratized Simulation as implemented by GKN Driveline. The presentation compares and contrasts traditional analysis methods with Democratized Simulation.

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  • The Role of Simulation Governance in the Democratization of Simulation Through Sim Apps in the A&D Industry

    Presentation from the 2017 NAFEMS Americas Conference, Aerospace Simulation Engineering: The big Issues. Wichita, Kansas, 8 November 2017.

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    Role of Simulation Governance in the Democratization of Simulation.

    Ricardo Actis & Barna Szabo, ESRD Inc.
    November, 2017

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  • An Intelligent Fit-For-Purpose App for a Democratized Steering System Component Design

    Intelligent applications provide non‐experts the ability to perform complex engineering workflows.

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    Intelligent fit‐for‐purpose applications embed expert knowledge enabling non‐expert users the ability to perform complex engineering workflows that traditionally only experts could complete.

    Juan Betts & Mark Walker, Front End Analytics
    April, 2016

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  • 5 CAE Industry Strategies to Bring Simulation to More Engineers

    Engineering.com's Shawn Wasserman writes about the 5 CAE Industry Strategies to Bring Simulation to More Engineers

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    CAE tools are next to useless for the average company if only a select few industry experts can use them. At ASSESS, one of their goals is to make CAE tools accessible to any user that might benefit from them. The theory is that if this democratization of CAE is made possible, then every organization will be able to virtually prototype their products before they build their first model.

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  • The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates

    CIMdata report of a 2012 presentation by Malcolm Panthaki on the use and benefits of Intelligent Templates to Democratize Simulation.

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    The Democratization of Simulation with Intelligent Templates
    Realizing the Full Benefits of Simulation

    An “Intelligent Template” is an innovative concept in product development that focuses on the automation of simulation processes across a product family. The template leverages the common functional architecture across the product family using a concept called the Abstract Model. This functional model of the product family is independent of a particular instance of the product design and of its geometry. The template captures the simulation best practices of the organization and enforces them when it is executed on a particular instance of the product design.

    Experts must create the templates, but non-experts can use them reliably.

    Keith Meintjes, CIMdata Practice Manager, 2012.
    This publication is derived from the keynote presentation by Malcolm Panthaki of Comet Solutions at the CIMdata annual conference, PLM Road Map 2011.

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  • Simulation apps shrink costs, time-to-market for packaging container manufacturer

    Simulation apps are the latest development in making advanced CAE capabilities safely and easily available to engineers and designers.

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    One company putting this new approach into practice is BWAY Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of rigid metal and plastic packaging containers for industrial, commercial and retail markets in North America.

    Bruce Jenkins
    November, 2015

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  • Clippard Avoids Manufacturing Process Defect with Democratization

    Clippard Instrument Laboratory, a community-oriented company near Cincinnati, specializes in miniature pneumatics. So, when the team encountered a proportional valve that was not delivering consistent performance, they knew they needed to take a closer look at the valve components and design.

    Solution Providers:

    awesim

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    Thanks to the results provided through modeling and simulation and a quick turnaround, the Clippard team was able to make changes in their computer translation to correct the issue and manufacture a better product. Since the valve solution, Clippard has developed new methods to measure their material surface, improving processes from initial computational design to the finished product. According to Robertson, modeling and simulation has saved the team valuable time and resources.

    Published in 2016

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  • Template-Based Design Analysis

    Interesting discussion among members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group on the pros and cons of Template-Based Design Analysis.

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    A recent PhD thesis titled, “Template Based Design Analysis – An Alternative Approach for the Engineering Designer to Perform Computer-Based Design Analysis”, by Håkan Petersson of Lund University was shared with members of the NAFEMS Simulation Data Management Working Group and generated a lively (email) discussion. The discussion was documented in this article in the NAFEMS Benchmark magazine.

    The participants discuss the pros and cons, and the dangers and potential ROI of simulation templates, borrowing from their extensive experience implementing and deploying them over the last couple of decades.

    October 2017

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  • CAE user stories continue to paint a compelling picture

    According to Forrest Burney, Engineering Manager at BWay. Provides a presentation on the evolution of BWay’s product development through the years, SimApps will make his life much easier while directly impacting the companies’ bottom line in a major way.

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    Burney was one of two “User Stories” during the presentation, which also included a demonstration by Jeffrey Crompton, principal of AltaSim Technologies, of a HeatSinkSim app. These two stories were obviously interesting to us because both BWay, which partners with Comet Solutions and Kinetic Vision, and AltaSim partner with AweSim at OSC. OSC has a history of industrial engagement beginning with our charter through Blue Collar Computing and now the AweSim project.

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  • CAD-Based Process Analyzes Lidar Interferometer Instrument

    A Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) analysis is an interdisciplinary analysis used to verify optical requirements. It is performed to identify and solve design issues early before building hardware.

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    A Structural-Thermal-Optical-Performance (STOP) analysis is an interdisciplinary analysis used to verify optical requirements. It is performed to identify and solve design issues early before building hardware. In a traditional STOP analysis, data must flow sequentially from engineer to engineer, requiring multiple data handoffs, which are time-consuming. If the STOP analysis shows that design changes are necessary, trade studies can also be time-consuming.

    Tech Briefs
    February, 2016

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  • Driveline and Gearbox Design Via Apps

    Web-enabled apps mean even tablet computers are useful tools for engineering analysis anywhere, anytime.

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    Software integration is good news for engineers designing complex automotive systems such as drivelines and drivetrains. Today, sophisticated CAE tools are powerful and proven, aiding design of smooth-operating, powerful and quiet automotive component systems.

    SAE International
    February, 2016

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  • Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage

    Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage

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    Democratizing CAE: Simulation Apps Offer Potential Hundredfold Growth in CAE Usage

    Bruce Jenkins, Ora Research
    November, 2015

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  • Numerous Democratization Success Stories at CAASE18

    CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) will showcase 22 presentations, workshops and discussions all focused on democratization.

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    Dating back to the 2015 NAFEMS World Congress, interest in democratization has grown from a single session to a full conference track at NAFEMS events.

    CAASE18 (the Conference on Advancing Analysis & Simulation in Engineering) an event hosted by NAFEMS and Digital Engineering Magazine, will take place June 5-7 in Cleveland. What makes CAASE18 so noteworthy is that it highlights the first time that democratization has earned a leading role as a key topic running the duration of the three day conference.

    We have pulled together a list of democratization-themed abstracts covering presentations, workshops and discussions taking place at CAASE18. Click on the link below for details.

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  • Dramatic Improvements for AAM by Automating NVH Analysis Process with SimApp

    American Axle & Manufacturing Sees Dramatic Productivity Gains, Cost Savings from Automating NVH Analysis Process with Comet NVH Driveline SimApp

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    American Axle & Manufacturing Sees Dramatic Productivity Gains, Cost Savings from Automating NVH Analysis Process with Comet NVH Driveline SimApp

    Bruce Jenkins, Principal Analyst, Ora Research, LLC
    September, 2015

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