Altair for Electronic System Design (ESD)

Electronic system design (ESD) is having a greater influence on almost every type of product requiring new simulation tools to help achieve electronic, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and connectivity goals. Altair’s simulation-driven design tools enable your team of specialized engineers to collaborate across all aspects of printed circuit board development from concept to manufacturing. Our products streamline your process, eliminate design iterations, and reduce time-to-market.


Optimizing heavy equipment product performance combining system modeling and data

Several OEMs currently face the challenge of information silos due to poor integration of models across the product life cycle. Furthermore, there is limited reuse of models between programs and the variation of modeling maturity across various Engineering disciplines results in lack of traceability. In this short presentation, we will look at solutions and workflows that leverages a systems model as a common language of communication while facilitating various types of real time dashboards and visualization to help understand and optimize the entire Mechatronic system performance.

Presented at the ATCx Heavy Equipment in May 2021.

Speaker: Keshav Sundaresh, Global Director – Smart Systems & Mechatronics, Altair

Duration: 20 minutes


First Time Right Machine Design with CAE Simulation

G.S. Vidyaprakash presents how Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd. drives the design process with simulation. In his presentation First Time Right Machine Design with CAE Simulation, he discusses reliable simulation techniques to predict & prevent failure modes.

ATC Presentations, Customer Stories, Customer Testimonials, Presentations, Use Cases

Improve Cobot collaboration: More meaningful controller design with high fidelity plant models

Controller strategy expert Lorenzo Moretti presents how to improve Cobot collaboration. In the context of virtual commissioning, he discusses how more meaningful controller design is possible with realistic plant models.

ATC Presentations, Demo Models, Use Cases

AI Powered Product Design

Dr. Fatma Kocer VP, Engineering Data Science at Altair showcases the impact of AI in development environments. In particular on how CAE tools will evolve and Design Exploration is taken to the next level.

ATC Presentations, Presentations

Manufacturing Process Simulation The Right Model for the Right Decission at the Right Time

Brett Chouinard, President and COO of Altair discusses Development challenges in Industrial machinery and illustrates how Altair's scalable simulation solutions provide the environment for simulation-driven innovation and how machine learning expands the capabilities furter.

ATC Presentations, Presentations

Failing Fast is not an option! Develop world's first robotic car storage service with accurate virtual prototypes

Benoit Pelourdeau presents how Stanley Robotics SAS drives the design process with simulation, to develop the world's first robotic car storage service. Learn from him how the interdisciplinary mechatronic product development team succeeds with accurate virtual prototypes.

ATC Presentations

Faster evaluation of real-world machines - CNC Control Optimization

Christian Kehrer, Business Development Manager System Modelling, gives a Demo Sessions on Altair Simulation Solutions for faster evaluation of real-world machines, explaining how CNC control optimization is performed to realize toolpath error correction of a CNC milling machine, with system simulation and how more effective controller design with realistic plant models is realized.

ATC Presentations, Tutorials

From CNC Jobshop to the largest manufacturer of CNC Rotary tables

Indradev Babu, Managing Director, UCAM PVT LTD, explains how he developed a CNC Jobshop to the largest manufacturer of CNC Rotary tables—presenting different development examples, he explains how Simulation Driven Design helps him to differentiate and what simulation Strategies he implements in the customer-centric development for the following generation Machine Tools at UCAM.

ATC Presentations

Simulation along product life cycle – The future is now From motivation to customer value

Industry expert Dennis Baum presents how Weber Maschinenbau applies simulation, how simulation can be used along product lifecycle and which benefits arise to customers and internal processes.

ATC Presentations

Boost Barista Business with Digital Twins Join Gruppo Cimbali for a virtual coffee break

Industry Innovator Luca Gatti Luca invites you to a virtual coffee break, to see why it is necessary to model and deeply study the physics behind a cup of coffee. Learn why Gruppo Cimbali SpA is creating digital twins of their coffee machines to fully embrace the digital transformation.

ATC Presentations

Economic CNC machine design through structural optimization

Mr. Vijay Zala and Mr. Pragnesh Zala present development methodologies for new economic machine generations and showcase why Jyoti CNC Automation Ltd. sets simulation at the core of the development strategy.

ATC Presentations

The Digital Approach to Industrial Machinery Design

The need to design more complex industrial machinery on shorter timelines means that companies ask engineers to do more with far less. Chad Jackson, CEO of Lifecycle Insights, describes the digital approach to industrial machinery design and explains strategies leveraging Simulation, Data Science and High-Performance Computing. He shows how companies creating equipment that increases cycle speed and improves yields in this technical report. The E-Book covers the following topics: - THE DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY - ADDRESSING STRUCTURAL STRESS AND STIFFNESS - ARCHITECTING AND VALIDATING SYSTEMS DESIGN - SELECTING THE RIGHT ACTUATION COMPONENTS - MITIGATING VIBRATION AND EXCITATION - PLANNING AND VALIDATING CONTROLS DESIGN - STREAMLINING COMMISSIONING - MONITORING THROUGH FIELD DATA - RECAP AND CONCLUSIONS

Articles, Brochures, Technical Papers, White Papers

Battery Part 2: Rapid Battery Layout Optimization using 0D / 1D in a Systems Environment

Andrew Dyer, Senior Tech Specialist at Altair in the US, Gabriele Piombo, EngD Partner with Altair at the University of Warwick, and finally Prof. James Marco, Professor of Systems Modelling and Simulation at the University of Warwick, present - Rapid Battery Layout Optimization using 0D / 1D in a Systems Environment. Together they will discuss the use of a 1D Systems approach to simulate a battery module. This includes the cell, cooling plate & busbar and is subjected to a typical extreme duty cycle. A typical event is simulated where the maximum allowable temperature is exceeded which triggers an increase in the cooling flow rate. This system is then optimised.


Delivering the Electric Revolution with Intelligent Simulation Technologies

Dr. Royston Jones, CTO and Dr. Anthony Hahnel, Technical Director, give their keynote presentation during the ATCx Driving Innovation in Electric Powertrain 2021.


Sensor Accuracy Drives Performance - Model-Based Development Improves E-Motor Reliability and Efficiency

High accuracy sensors and encoders are integral components of an e-motor drive, greatly impacting the quality and efficiency on the system. A purpose-driven simulation approach is needed to account for all the physical interdependencies within these complex multi-domain systems. Lenord + Bauer worked with Altair to develop a system simulation process for their high-accuracy encoders to understand their impact on the quality and efficiency of the system.

Customer Stories

Guide to Electronic System Development

Manufacturers today are tasked with designing smart, connected products at a breakneck pace to stay ahead of the competition. As performance demands continually increase, packaging sizes become smaller, and device connectivity becomes more critical, schematic engineers and product designers need ways to make efficient design decisions and collaborate with one another to optimize complex interconnected mechanical and electromagnetic systems. To develop the next generation of smart products, organizations are turning simulation to improve device performance and drive profitability.


To what extent has the Taiwan Unmanned Vehicle System been on track from MIRDC's perspective

In this presentation, MIRDC’s Bionic Intelligent Automatic Guided Vehicle (BI-AGV) is introduced. This “collaborative handling module” has three characteristics of wireless intelligence, flexible use and flexible movement. Through the wireless intelligent collaborative handling system, it can control several automatic guided vehicles (AGVS) in real time, and several vehicles can conduct remote control and serial connection to carry out handling tasks. At the same time, the 360-degree mobile omni-directional wheel design framework is adopted. It has the advantages of flexible use in the area where the traditional unmanned vehicle cannot run smoothly in the indoor narrow space.

ATC Presentations

Holistic Modeling of a Coffee Machine

Model thermal-fluid system dynamics using 1D modeling & simulation (rather than using only 3D CFD) to yield nearly-as-accurate results significantly faster - to enable more design exploration and optimized performance in less time.


Hydraulic Systems Optimization for Heavy Machinery

Create detailed hydraulic circuits & actuation systems as part of your multi-disciplinary system simulations, especially for heavy machinery & agricultural equipment, in combination with multi-body systems (Altair MotionSolve®) and granular material systems (Altair EDEM®).


Model Based System Engineering of an ABS System

Connect your product-level system simulations to your product's functional requirements (e.g., coming from SysML via Model Center MBSE-Pak) such that your system model serves as your Authoritative Source of Truth (AST) for your virtual product development activity.


Using ACROME Balancing Ball Table and Altair Software for Teaching Mechatronics

Prepare students for jobs developing mechatronic products through project-based learning. Use hardware kits from Altair's business partner, ACROME, together with no-cost digital twin simulation models and courseware provided by Altair.


Using Digital Twin to Improve Radar Antenna Performance

Leverage Altair Activate® as the core of Altair's open, flexible Digital Twin Platform to easily combine high-fidelity models with reduced-order models (ROMs) built using 3D+1D+0D techniques (i.e., using CAD geometry + block diagrams + equations).


Accelerating Upright Scooter Mechatronic Development

Integrate models for mechanical, electrical, and controller subsystems to simulate your mechatronic product holistically as a system-of-systems. Exchange models and/or co-simulate with other CAE tools either from Altair (such as Altair MotionSolve® and Altair Flux®) or from 3rd parties through the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) open standard.


Electric Vehicle Drivetrain Optimization & System of System Simulation

Simulate electric powertrains for various types of vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks, buses, trains, scooters, drones, aircraft, etc.) combining mechanical plant models with motors, batteries, & controllers together with realistic drive cycles. Then optimize the overall performance of your electric vehicles.


Leveraging Digital Twins to Increase the Effectiveness of the MBD Approach

As of today, the “classical” V diagram is very well known among more and more engineers. Nonetheless its usage – even partly – is far away from the potential that it offers. One reason might be, that its benefits are not really obvious for the end-users. With this presentation, we will bring a new view by “closing the old V” and transferring it to a “closed ∇ (Nabla) cycle”. The focus of this contribution is on the opportunities to significantly increase the effectiveness of the approach of model-based development (MBD) by re-using engineering efforts in multiple ways.

Technical Papers

Guide to Process Manufacturing

Any industry that produces bulk quantities of goods such as pharmaceuticals, food, chemicals, or cosmetics, is seeking to produce these products consistently while reducing cost factors like waste and down time. Due to the nature of process manufacturing, multiple ingredients are combined to be mixed, coated, or sorted, so understanding the behavior of these processes is of paramount importance for manufacturers. Through the use of simulation modeling and Smart Manufacturing principals, manufacturers are now able to optimize these processes, leading to greater productivity and profitability.


Multidisciplinary Development of an Upright Scooter

A mechatronics system consists of mechanical, electrical and control subsystems. Typically, each subsystem is developed and optimized independently. The example of an upright scooter illustrates the benefits of developing a mechatronics product with system integration present from early stages of development. Early on awareness of the behavior of other subsystems together with deep integration later, during the design exploration and optimization stage, highlight the importance of easy subsystem fidelity selection.

Use Cases

Achieving Aerospace Design Confidence with Model-based Systems Engineering

Reducing aircraft design and development time is critical for all aircraft manufacturers, from urban air mobility and electric aircraft startups to military to commercial OEMs. In order to fully understand and optimize the complex systems of systems required in modern aircraft, aerospace engineers leverage a simulation method called Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE). MBSE allows the evaluation of various types of vehicle systems to determine which best meet the mission requirements.

Technical Papers

Activate for Systems Simulation and Controls

In this course you will find several topics covering Systems Simulations and Controls. The topics are broken into modules detailing each step of the process.


Hitachi Lightweight Mining Haulers Optimized

Truck dynamics, control system, thermal, and fatigue analyses all need to be completed when designing a new truck design. Using Altair HyperWorks, Hitachi achieves a 10% weight reduction in the main frame and rigid body, while maintaining product quality.

Customer Stories

The Future of Smart Devices

Pete Darnell, Vice President, Software Development at Altair discusses why embedded development tools must track the ever-increasing complexity and feature set of microcontrollers as well as demands from new markets like the Cloud based “Internet of Things”. He looks at trends in the microcontroller space and discusses how block diagram model-based development tools can be used to abstract these changes to ease firmware development. He also looks at the thing side of IoT and the challenges of power management to extend battery life and what it will take to provide secure over-the-air firmware updates. The recording is about 19 minutes long, and was presented at the 2020 Global Altair Technology conference.

ATC Presentations

TEAMTAO Engineers the Future of Deep-Sea Exploration

At the end of 2015, the XPRIZE foundation launched the Shell Ocean Discovery competition, a three-year global challenge to advance deep-sea exploration using autonomous subsea drones. Teams competed to develop underwater robots that could fully map 500 km2 of seafloor at a 4 km depth in less than 24 hours with no human intervention. One of the competing teams was TEAMTAO, a collaboration of Newcastle University, SMD (Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd), and UK Research and Innovation. Altair joined the project as a technical design partner and provided the team with simulation expertise to virtually simulate, optimize, and test the devices. Altair simulation specialists followed a simulation-driven design approach in order to save on development time and physical prototyping.

Customer Stories

Activate for Hydraulic Simulation

In this course you will find 4 modules to help you learn how to use Altair Activate for Hydraulic Simulation.


Improving Speed and Precision of a CNC Milling Machine with Holistic System Simulation

The presentation outlines a solution strategy for how a digital twin of a milling machine is solving mechatronic challenges. To improve cycle times, accuracy, and addressing vibration problems a holistic system simulation serves as the basis for optimization. The efficient modeling of the real system behavior with flexibilities, contacts, gaps, friction, nonlinearities in the drives (incl. saturation effects of motors), power electronics in combination with the control system is the basis for efficient controller design and optimization of the control parameters. The dynamic interaction of multiple system components combining 3D finite elements analysis multi-body dynamics and control system helps avoiding Tracking-, drag-, positioning errors rebound, and accumulation effects.  

Use Cases

Exploring the Design of a Medical System with Rapid 1D System Simulation

For a recent project, Altran, a leading global engineering consultant company, designed a fluidic circuit for a hemodialysis system. One of the main requirements for hemodialysis is to keep the temperature of the dialysis solution stable while it is flowing through the device. To achieve this, they investigated different layouts and optimal parameters for the fluidic system to minimize heat loss. Since the Finite Element model comprised of more than 7 million elements, they decided to explore different, more rapid simulation strategies for the design exploration stage. Reduced Order Models (ROM) were created using Altair Activate® and Compose® and were validated through comparison with existing CFD models. The use of ROMs, with 30x shorter simulation time, was not just ideal for quick optimization of the system, but also allowed Altran Engineers to challenge, and significantly alter the existing design of the circuit by increasing the number of considered layouts by 1000% (from 5 to 55).

Customer Stories

Digital Twin Design Process for Efficient Development and Operation of a Customized Robot

In a joint project MX3D, ABB, and Altair demonstrated how a 3D printed robot can be improved by using a digital twin process to achieve more precise positioning.

White Papers

Applying large-scale 3D Printing and Digital Twin technologies to the factory floor

ABB, MX3D, and Altair demonstrate how Industry 4.0 will deliver customized manufacturing equipment.


Improve Performance of Mechatronics Systems

Complex devices such as surgical robots, autoinjector etc go through several validation and verification phases that can increase product development time. The interconnected devices also pose a challenge for model exchange and collaboration.​ This webinar presents Altair’s model-based development (MBD) platform to drive fast development for smart connected systems. Explore more by combining mechanical models with electrical models leveraging multi-disciplinary simulation.


Holistic system simulation with MBD and FEM: efficient load identification ensures structural integrity

Altair Inspire Motion is a dedicated multi-body dynamics (MBD) tool with a robust contact algorithm. It is capable of handling systems with large degrees of freedom and offers a reliable and fast solution. In this webinar, we showed how Altair Inspire Motion had been used to determine loads in the system and is seamlessly coupled with other Altair modeling tools like Altair Inspire Structure and Altair Activate for control simulation to create dynamic motion analyses of complex mechanisms and use these dynamic loads as load cases for optimization.


Granular Materials Simulation for Process and Equipment Design

The world is full of bulk and granular materials. From ores being mined, soil being excavated, rocks being conveyed, or powders being processed - over 70% of all industrial processes involve the handling or processing of these challenging materials.


EM and EDA, from Concept to Production

Altair’s portfolio of simulation-driven design solutions covers – amongst many other disciplines – electromagnetics (EM) and electronic design automation (EDA).


Mechatronics Innovations Using Altair Math & System Tools

Winning the innovation race for mechatronics products requires a tool set which can support a multi-disciplinary development process from early concept design up to in-service support.


Altair for Multiphysics Applications

Altair provides an industry-leading portfolio of multiphysics-enabled software to simulate a wide range of interacting physical models including fluid-structure interaction (FSI), flexible bodies, aeroacoustics, and thermomechanical simulation.


1D-3D Co-Simulation Of Multi Body Systems Using Activate-MotionSolve

1D-3D Co-Simulation Of Multi Body Systems Using Activate-MotionSolve

Training Materials

The Influence of Sensors on e-Motor Powertrain Performance

High accuracy sensors and encoders are integral components of an e-motor drive, greatly impacting the quality and efficiency on the system. A purpose-driven simulation approach is needed to account for all the physical interdependencies within these complex multi-domain systems.

Technical Papers

Altair Model-Based Development Customer Stories from 2019 Global ATC

These success stories illustrate how customers are leveraging Altair's Math & Systems technology for Model-Based Development to develop better products, faster. Simulations involve 3D, 1D, and/or 0D modeling approaches based on the integrated use of Altair MotionSolve™, Altair Activate™, and/or Altair Compose™.

ATC Presentations, Videos

System Level Optimization of Key Electric Vehicle Powertrain Attributes

Gonçalo Pereira, Principal Applications Engineer at Altair presents at the 2019 UK e-Mobility Seminar. Trade-off Studies between Battery Pack, e-Motor, Range etc. System Model Generation to Explore Sensitivities.

Presentations, Videos