Altair and LG Electronics Slash Smartphone Drop-Test Simulation Time from Weeks to Less than 24 Hours
Troy, Mich., December 11, 2013 – Altair
today announced a major achievement in the electronics industry that is expected to significantly accelerate the development of new smartphones, tablets, home appliances and other consumer electronics while enabling engineers to create a wider range of durable designs.
Working together, Altair and Korea’s LG Electronics (LGE) have successfully created a seamlessly integrated drop-test simulation automation system which enables LGE engineers to conduct smartphone drop-test simulations within 24 hours—a crucial procedure that normally requires one to two weeks for companies across the smartphone industry.
Employing Altair’s HyperWorks
suite of computer-aided engineering tools—including HyperMesh
for pre-processing, the RADIOSS
solver, the HyperView
post-processor, and its embedded automation framework—the Altair-LGE team automated many of the time-consuming manual tasks associated with FEA modeling , analysis set up and post-processing to carry out the drop-test simulation.
“Altair and LGE’s collaboration on this drop-test simulation automation system helps LGE to be even more competitive and bring a greater variety of robust products to market faster,” said Molly Heskitt, Altair’s Senior Director of Global Electronics and Consumer Goods. “This automation system addresses major challenges of the electronics industry: time to market, innovation and cost. It shortens product development time, lowers development and warranty cost and leaves more time for design, all resulting in a better phone.”
Engineers can use the time freed up by the drop-test simulation automation system to explore more iterations of the device’s design to develop a more robust and innovative version. LGE has adopted the drop-test simulation automation system for ongoing smartphone designs and plans to use it on its all future smartphones, also employing Altair’s OptiStruct
tool to optimize the designs of the phones for cost and reliability.
With the ability to access and test more impact scenarios quickly, LGE expects its warranty costs to be reduced, since its optimized smartphones will be more resistant to damage from dropping.
“One of the biggest challenges to the smartphone industry is time to market,” said Y.H Lee, Research Fellow, LGE, “and many companies do not have enough time in the highly competitive product development cycle to consider as many designs as they would like to. The standard 7 to 14 days for drop-test simulation is too long. With Altair we are now able to slice the time required for drop-test simulation from a week to just hours.”
Altair anticipates that this automated drop-test simulation process can produce similar results for the design of other types of consumer electronics.
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About LG Electronics
LG Electronics Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 offices around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solution – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.lg.com
Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with 2,000 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 28-year track record for high-end software for engineering and computing, enterprise analytics solutions, and innovative product design and development, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com