ESTECO’s just-released modeFRONTIER 2016 features an optimization environment with modular, profiled-based access designed to enable multidisciplinary engineering practices to consolidate the specialized expertise spread among experts, and streamline teamwork by allocating software resources where needed. Continue reading
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To help engineering organizations link their simulation and optimization data and workflows to their enterprise product information backbone, the latest release of ESTECO’s Enterprise Suite features new plug-in connectors in SOMO 1.6 that provide direct integration with PLM systems. First unveiled in 2013, ESTECO Enterprise Suite combines the capabilities of the modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) platform with SOMO, ESTECO’s distributed execution framework for enterprise-level collaborative design process management.
The new SOMO plug-in connectors use the PROSTEP OpenPDM technology to enable design teams focused on simulation and optimization to connect with external PLM and PDM repositories and databases such as Siemens Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. This lets SOMO users easily transfer projects to and from SOMO and PLM repositories, ESTECO says, with consistency of simulation data links ensured throughout the entire information flow, including when working at the desktop level. Continue reading
ESTECO published the agenda for the North American modeFRONTIER Users’ Meeting 2015, Nov. 4-5, Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. On Nov. 4, presentations from industry and academic experts will outline the most advanced application scenarios for optimization technology, kicking off with a keynote by Ford’s Mario J. Felice, Manager of Global Powertrain NVH & Systems CAE. On Nov. 5, attendees will have the opportunity to take part, for free, in advanced and basic training courses to get hands-on experience and find out about the latest modeFRONTIER features. Register here.
With the unprecedented demands on today’s vehicle engineering organizations, auto makers face a daunting challenge to reach their next targets for aerodynamics drag using traditional tools and methods. Trial-and-error development using wind tunnel testing achieved a coefficient of drag of 0.3. Introducing digital simulation to sequentially improve designs brought CD down to 0.24 for today’s best performing cars. But most companies have the next target set to 0.2. Without either a radical increase in time and resources—not a realistic solution for most—or else a radically more efficient and effective approach to aerodynamics engineering, this target will remain all but out of reach. Continue reading
Optimization was a theme running throughout the 2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress organized by ANSYS last week in Detroit. We attended sessions on topology, structural, aerodynamic, adjoint, multi-objective and multidisciplinary optimization that ranged across all the conference tracks—Powertrain, Body & Interior, Chassis, Electrification & Electronics. Continue reading
The high-speed train market in recently industrialized countries is one of the most hotly contested engineered-product markets in the world, with even the smallest advantage important in gaining a competitive edge. In particular, fuel consumption is a critical factor in design, sales and maintenance of these vehicles. In this project, a manufacturer of high-speed rail vehicles needed to maximize efficiency, reduce emissions and decrease design time.
Seeking a more efficient engineering approach that would let it maximize the number of designs that could be tested within the project schedule, the manufacturer selected Sculptor from Optimal Solutions Software. By specifying key design parameters, the software allows hundreds of designs to be generated in a matter of minutes—a radical improvement over the company’s previous process, in which this phase of the project took months. Continue reading
Ford Motor Company adopted ESTECO’s SOMO as a tool to enable what it terms an enterprise multidisciplinary design optimization (EMDO) system, announced Dr. Yan Fu, technical leader of business strategy and engineering optimization at Ford. SOMO is an enterprise collaboration and distributed execution framework developed by ESTECO and customized to meet Ford’s engineering processes and IT requirements.
Ford’s move affirms two key points we have long observed:
- MDO is a strategic capability for engineering organizations, not just tactical.
- To have strategic impact, MDO needs to be institutionalized at the enterprise level, not implemented as just a departmental or workgroup capability.
A timeline of company formations, product launches and M&A activity among design exploration and optimization software vendors maps the pace and direction of the industry’s development.
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