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Democratizing Simulation

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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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  • The Path to Simulation

    The Path to Simulation

    Boosted by new, easier to use tools and more readily available computer resources, simulation technology is increasingly used more frequently and earlier in the design process, and by a wider array of professionals.

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  • Webinar: Democratization of Simulation Governance-Compliant Sim Apps

    Learn why it is essential that Sim Apps implement Numerical Simulation technologies which enable the practice of Sim Gov in order for the vision of democratization of simulations to be realized, as well as why it is important for engineering managers to get on the Sim Gov train sooner rather than later.

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  • The Democratization of Simulation and Analysis

    Simulation and analysis (S&A) has traditionally been a complex undertaking handled by a small community of CAE simulation experts. They typically work on complex problems and the specialized simulation software they use reflects that intricacy.

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  • Democratizing Simulation: Delivering Measurable Results

    Democratizing Simulation: Delivering Measurable Results

    Design World Magazine, April 2019: Through the process of “democratization” organizations can safely put the power of engineering simulation into the hands of those who are not experts in using CAE software, including product designers, new engineers and even those in technical sales and customer support.

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  • The Growing Acceptance of CAE

    Simulation is being used for lawsuits in court, treating schizophrenia, use in middle school education and in deep learning.

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    With the following four UberCloud case studies we are demonstrating the growing acceptance of computer-aided engineering (CAE), especially in new user communities and application areas. Major reasons for this trend are continuous improvements in user-friendly CAE software, the ongoing price/performance improvement in high-performance computing (HPC), and easy and affordable access to powerful computing in the cloud.

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  • Fit for Purpose App at ZF & TRW Automotive

    Learn how a Pitman Arm Smart Generator process was reduced from 2 weeks down to only a few hours with a fit for purpose app.

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    EASA

    ZF and TRW Automotive worked with Front End Analytics and EASA to have fit for purpose app developed for a Pitman Arm Smart Generator, allowing users to confidently create new designs with any web browser in minutes!

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  • Zhongli Corporation

    Automotive supplier, Zhongli Corporation,  sought to improve time to market by leveraging simulation more broadly.

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    Zhongli manufacturers engine mounts, chassis shock absorbers, chassis modules, interior/exterior plastic parts and PU products.  Simulation Applications (SimApps) from Comet Solutions are helping Zhongli accelerate productivity and innovation by Democratizing Simulation.

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  • Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries

    One of the world’s leading heavy equipment manufacturers, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) was in need of tools to improve communication and simulation.

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    Challenges: Software barriers (Different models, Non-inherent data, Manual data transfer) and Designers didn’t have the expertise needed to perform simulations.

    Solution:  Democratized Simulation through intelligent simulation applications (Comet SimApps).

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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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Democratization at Jeco Plastic Products Lands New Opportunities

    Jeco Plastic Products is a small custom-mold manufacturer of high-tolerance products with a customer base that includes large U.S. and
    international original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the automotive, aerospace, printing and defense industries. When faced with a very difficult situation in its ability to quickly change a product design for a major large German automotive OEM, Jeco needed to upgrade its modeling and simulation from tedious physical testing to a quicker, HPC-based strategy.

    Solution Providers:

    awesim

    Though it took a frightening situation to spur Jeco Plastic Products to jump into HPC, the company has now demonstrated its ability to use HPC modeling and simulation, which has helped pave the way for lucrative projects with major aerospace, automotive and joint product development projects. Those projects include a multi-year contract with annual orders of $2.5 million during the next five to 10 years along with 15 more jobs and a capital investment of more than $500,000.

    Published in 2012

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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

    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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  • 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.

    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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  • Democratization & Enterprise Wide Deployment at Pfizer

    A major limitation of most modeling and simulation tools is that only subject matter experts can use them. Pfizer has overcome this limitation by using EASA’s patented “application” technology to create a proprietary “app store” of intuitive web apps that drive a wide variety of models created with tools such as gPROMS, Aspen Plus, DynoChem, Fluent, and MATLAB, as well as in-house codes and scripts. These web apps incorporate both expertise and comprehensive error checks, enabling users who are not familiar with the underlying modeling tools to safely use them.

    Solution Providers:

    EASA

    For pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, modeling technology serves as the backbone for product design, testing, and improvement. Streamlining and integrating the modeling process and workflows is essential for maximum efficiency as well as for enabling non-experts practical access to these tools.

    Using EASA, Pfizer can create custom GUIs without any programming, for various modeling applications, from simple to complex multi-software workflows, providing:

    • Web accessible models running with complete reliability throughout the IT infrastructure, including mobile devices
    • GUIs with a consistent look and feel, enhancing ease of use and eliminating the need to be familiar with complex software codes
    • Complete security of the intellectual property embedded in software models
    • Full version control and automated audit trail of usage

    Published: Fall 2016

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