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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
Design space exploration and design optimization are rapidly becoming strategic competencies that engineering organizations must master to remain competitive. To have strategic and not just tactical impact, design exploration and optimization need to be adopted and deployed within the framework of a collaborative, enterprise-wide vision.
To date, however, the tools and methods are too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, keeping their impact limited and localized. This deployment pattern is rooted in the early history of design optimization, when the discipline consisted mainly of abstruse mathematical methods that could only be applied manually by small numbers of PhD-level specialists. But today the picture is different, thanks to the burgeoning number of software tools that make these powerful methods more broadly available to the engineering community. Continue reading
Collaborative Multidisciplinary Design Optimization in the Automotive Industry is a white paper just released by ESTECO detailing how Ford achieved “streamlined, multi-user design process management by expanding its MDO approach at [the] enterprise level with ESTECO’s collaborative web-based environment, SOMO.”
The accomplishments of Ford and ESTECO documented in this paper reinforce our long-held view that institutional adoption of design space exploration, design optimization and process integration is a crucial goal for engineering organizations working to establish these as strategic competencies, not just tactical. Too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, the technologies and their attendant work processes need to be recognized and given backing as enterprise capabilities to have their greatest impact on engineering’s ability to advance corporate strategic objectives. See Design space exploration: Institutionalizing the practice and Ford adopts ESTECO’s SOMO to institutionalize enterprise MDO.
The new paper centers on two case studies. The first documents how Ford combined “multi-domain, simultaneous analysis and optimization with advanced mathematical tools that enable consistent computational resource savings,” while the second “looks into the extension of the collaborative optimization approach to the ONE Ford core platform system and targets a wider design scope.” From the white paper: Continue reading
EVENT NOTICE—If you’re in the Detroit area, join Noesis Solutions’ free seminar April 9 on Innovations in Process Integration & Design Optimization. You’ll hear three perspectives on how this technology can help you streamline your simulation processes and identify benchmark product designs in less time, including a presentation by me on Innovative Uses of Optimization for Engineering Design Problems. Event and registration information here.
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Achieving institutional adoption of design space exploration, design optimization and process integration is a crucial goal for engineering organizations working to establish these as strategic competencies, not just tactical. Too often implemented at only the department or workgroup level, the technologies and their attendant work processes need to be recognized and given backing as enterprise capabilities to have their greatest impact on engineering’s ability to advance corporate strategic objectives. [See also Design space exploration: Justifying the investment.] 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.
Automating the search for solutions to engineering problems can take either of two broad approaches: design exploration or design optimization. Practitioners making technology choices need to understand which tools do one, which do the other, and which approach best fits their needs. A global roster of commercially available design exploration and optimization software appears at the end of this post. Continue reading