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Fireside Chat: Why Engineers will be the key to unlock the digitilization potential at manufacturers

The ever-advancing digitization is being driven by the convergence of simulation, data, and HPC. While virtual methods, interoperable tools, and standardized interfaces become state of the art, the engineers and their management will play a significant role to break down silos and benefit from a Digital Thread. In this fireside chat, we will discuss the importance of people to unleash the potential of Digital Twins, how they can combine the different fields of product development and what is still missing to make the connection.

Future.Industry 2021

Digital Twins

What if you could create 1D simulation models that retain the precision of your 3D analysis while running up to thousands of times faster?

Future.Industry 2021

romAI: Leveraging AI to Generate Reusable Real-time Compliant Dynamic Models from Data

Nowadays, many Machine Learning techniques able to identify dynamic models from data are taking hold. But, can we support the learning phase leveraging our expertise obtaining models with better generalization property? To tackle this need and others we have developed a novel approach, romAI. This application combines AI and system modeling techniques to generate reusable continuous dynamic models extremely time-efficient, hence used as Reduced-Order Models to speed-up system design and optimization or in Digital Twins/Simulators for real-time applications.

Future.Industry 2021

Panel Discussion: Achieving Digital Twins Through Integrated System Simulations, MBSE, and Reduced-Order Modeling

The term “Digital Twins” can mean different things to different people, and often involves the use of different building-block technologies depending on the specific objectives.  This panel of experts will share how their technologies extend and complement Altair’s Digital Twin capabilities – in the areas of system simulation software & services, Model-Based Systems Engineering (connecting system-level requirements to system-level simulation results), and reduced-order models (ROMs). 

Future.Industry 2021

The Power of AI and ML in Product Design

Altair products are quickly evolving into AI-driven products. Starting from the modeling and visualization products, the latest release of Altair HyperWorks includes features like shapeAI, which quickly finds and classifies parts “by shape” inside geometry files or finite element meshes - when you want to locate all of the bolts, shafts, and gears in a complex assembly - by applying machine learning.

Future.Industry 2021

Digital Twins Boost Barista - Altair® Helps Gruppo Cimbali Speed up Innovation and Go-to Market

As a key to growth in the coffee machine industry, innovation has always been a core pillar of Gruppo Cimbali’s company philosophy. Investing in the research and development of high-performance machines is a strategic decision, and Gruppo Cimbali is proud to be recognized as one of the first companies in the sector to expand into telemetry, Internet of Things (IoT), and Wi-Fi connected machines. To continue to deliver on its innovation promise, the company now applies digital twins – utilizing Altair Activate® – to their development processes enabling it to design better products, shorten development times, and increase energy efficiency.

Customer Stories

Using Integrated Simulation to Optimize Heavy Equipment Design

Heavy equipment manufacturers want to design products that are durable and perform at their peak under a variety of conditions. To accomplish this, Altair provides an integrated multi-disciplinary simulation environment to virtually test and optimize equipment performance and therefore, help reduce design and development costs. Using simulation-driven design, studying the full dynamics of a product or system is possible, from motion analysis to complete lifecycle durability testing.

Technical Document

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.

Brochures

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

Conference Presentations

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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.

ATCx Industrial Machinery 2021

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

eBooks

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.

Conference Presentations

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.

Conference Presentations

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.

eGuide

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.

Global ATC 2020

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.

Use Cases

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®).

Use Cases

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.

Use Cases

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.

Use Cases

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).

Product Overview Videos

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.

Use Cases

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.

Product Overview Videos

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 Document

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.

eGuide

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 Document

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.

eLearning

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.

Global ATC 2020

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.

eLearning

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.

Webinars

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.

Webinars

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.

Webinars

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.

Conference Presentations