Prairiefire advances sensitivity-based design

Sensitivity-based design workflow. Source: Prairiefire Consulting

Prairiefire Consulting is a provider of engineering consulting, application and training services based in Urbana-Champaign, IL whose differentiating expertise is sensitivity-based design. This approach to new product development focuses on product and process quality, with the goal of ensuring that product functional requirements and supplier capabilities are surfaced, quantified and managed in every phase from concept engineering through manufacturing execution. Continue reading

Source: Prairiefire Consulting


MSC Software democratizes vibrational analysis with new MSC Apex Fossa

The MSC Apex product family is MSC Software’s visionary initiative to make sophisticated linear structural analysis capabilities easily, intuitively and safely usable by design engineers without requiring specialized expertise in CAE. Its sixth and latest release, MSC Apex Fossa, shipped at the end of September. Continue reading

Source: MSC Software

Mentor Graphics acquisition positions Siemens to become mechatronics engineering powerhouse

Siemens’ just-announced agreement to acquire EDA software leader Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion cash transaction positions the German industrial giant to make itself the unchallenged powerhouse provider of an integrated, end-to-end digital platform for mechatronics product engineering. Continue reading

Mentor Graphics Xpedition PCB Layout Design Environment. Source: Mentor Graphics

Siemens PLM acquires LMS: A look back

Four years ago last week, Siemens PLM Software announced its agreement to acquire LMS International. This past June, it unveiled Simcenter, its portfolio of simulation software and test solutions designed to “enable Digital Twins to drive innovation through all stages of product development.”

Below is an analysis and forecast we published the day Siemens PLM and LMS announced their deal. You can read our take on Simcenter here. Siemens PLM’s steady, confident hand in delivering what it promises—and more—is visible yet again.

Siemens PLM to buy LMS: Closed-loop, systems-driven

Siemens PLM Software announced it will acquire LMS International NV, the Leuven, Belgium-based provider of test and mechatronic simulation software to automotive, aerospace and other highly engineered discrete manufacturing industries. Summing up its business and technological rationale, Siemens said the acquisition will make it “the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software company to provide a closed-loop systems-driven product development solution extending all the way to integrated test management.”

We agree. In sum, the move brings Siemens:

  • Deep competency in integrated physical test and simulation/test correlation.
  • World-class model-based systems engineering technology of AMEsim.
  • A substantial engineering services business—offering added insight to software product R&D as well as for developing engineering processes in tandem with new tool requirements.

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Cloud HPC makes simulation-driven design optimization more accessible

A new wave of young, visionary organizations and initiatives is making the power of cloud HPC (high-performance computing) resources readily available and accessible to engineering simulation and optimization software users–including many who could never before afford anything close to the full computing horsepower they needed and wanted to run those applications. Continue reading

Rescale’s SaaS web-based workflow is designed to be easy to use, and includes pre/post-processing and remote desktop features. Source: Rescale. (Click image to enlarge.)
Automotive engineering firm Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH used SimScale’s pay-as-you-go model to apply fluid flow simulation in aerodynamic development, a capability previously affordable only to Formula One racing teams and major auto OEMs. Source: Carlsson and SimScale
UberCloud Experiment 187: CFD analysis of automotive V6 intake manifold using an UberCloud software container with STAR-CCM+ in the Azure Cloud. Left: manifold geometry. Right: velocity streamlines from CFD simulation. Source: CAE Technology Inc. and UberCloud
Tractor-trailer aerodynamic drag analysis executed on AweSim platform. Source: AweSim

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