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.
Many of today's PLM solutions are notably not focused on enhancing functionality to support engineering, instead focusing on capabilities for other aspects of this business. In this video, we talk about how Aras has invested in simulation and system engineering capabilities for Innovator.
Configurable safety relays help prevent injuries and damage in factory automation systems by cutting off electrical power in response to data received from sensors. When a safety relay fails, the production line must be halted until the relay can be repaired or replaced, resulting in expensive downtime.
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.
More and more organizations are looking to improve their competitiveness by leveraging analysis, simulation, and systems engineering for improved design decision support, Simulation-Driven Design, generative design and robust performance evaluation of their full portfolio of products and processes
Democratization is defined as the action of making something accessible to everyone. In the context of finite element analysis (FEA), this is usually defined as making FEA software easy to use for a non-expert.
Bruce Jenkins (Ora Research) writes that a highlight of the NAFEMS 2016 mini-symposium was a presentation of lessons learned from an enterprise practitioner, Glenn Valine, Director Engineering IT at GKN Driveline North America, Inc.
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools have the power to take the gut feel and rules of thumb out of the engineering world. The old guard shouting, “This is the way we always did it,” won’t cut it in today’s market.
The industry is aiming to make simulation more pervasive. To do that, you must first make simulation usable by non-experts and ensure that there is a steady supply of experts to verify the works of others.
Even for large or complex designs, the access to up to 96 cores and real-time simulation allows customers to get their results faster than was ever possible before with any traditional simulation tools.
Most of the discussion on FEA democratization tends to focus on CAD-embedded FEA. The downside of making FEA software accessible by all is often stated as there may not be adequate understanding of the underlying principles of FEA.