Agriculture and Construction

Agriculture and Construction

These are the big jobs. Highways. Farmland. Bridges. Factories. The large-scale projects that require great precision and heavier loads in extreme environments. But we can help. With Altair’s simulation-driven design approach, you can create reliable products of the highest quality, while reducing costs and product cycle time. Simulation allows rapid investigation and analysis of product performance, factoring in fatigue and impact loads, and offering countermeasures for improvement. Whether farmland or highway or construction site, we’ll help you carry the load.


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Make design decisions in seconds using Altair® SimSolid®, a game-changing simulation technology for design exploration. Analyze complex assemblies accurately in seconds to minutes.

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Efficient Development and Operation

Efficient Development and Operation

Altair’s simulation-driven design tools enable off-highway equipment manufacturers to make informed, reliable product design decisions faster. Engineering simulation and Internet of Things (IoT) technology are being used together to provide operational insights with physics-driven and data-driven digital twins to optimize equipment performance, gain operational insights and reduce operational costs. Altair is positioned at the convergence of simulation, data acquisition, data analytics and machine learning to realize greater fleet autonomy.

Achieving Sustainability Through Lightweighting and Electrification

Achieving Sustainability Through Lightweighting and Electrification

In an industry dominated by large cast components lightweighting opportunities for topology optimization are many. Altair’s structural design optimization technology is industry proven to drive down vehicle weight and improve performance. Altair simulation is key to equipment electrification; extending working hours through greater drivetrain efficiency, simulating innovative cooling implementations, and mitigating impact and shock events that could cause a battery failure and potentially a fire.

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Maximize Equipment Productivity, Reliability, Safety, and Comfort

Maximize Equipment Productivity, Reliability, Safety, and Comfort

Speed and Efficiency: Heavy equipment manufacturers are using simulation tools early in the development process to maximize productivity, reliability, safety and comfort. Altair® MotionSolve® multi-body simulation enables modeling the dynamic response of mechanisms. Together with Altair® EDEM™, customers can optimize designs before building a prototype to quickly and accurately simulate the behavior of bulk materials such as coal, mined ores, soils, fibers, and grains.

Compatibility and Durability: For reliable equipment operation all sub-systems, even from multiple suppliers, need to work together. Altair® Activate® rapidly models multi-disciplinary systems as 1D models. By simulating product performance, customers can understand overall behavior earlier and recognize key component interactions. To meet customer service life requirements measured in decades, Altair® HyperLife® provides a comprehensive and easy to use durability analysis workflow.

Operator Environment: Comfort and safety go far beyond cabin comforts. The advanced Noise, Vibration & Harshness (NVH) analysis of Altair® OptiStruct® is used broadly to ensure operators can perform at their best. Quality is further addressed by Altair® Squeak and Rattle Director™. Altair® Radioss® models roll-over protection structure (ROPS) and falling object protective structure (FOPS) events to assure the integrity of the vehicle and protect its operator across all operating conditions.

Sustainable, Connected, and Smarter Production

Sustainable, Connected, and Smarter Production

Electric Drivetrains: The move towards hybrid and full electric powertrain systems provides manufacturers with business challenges and opportunities. Bringing electric equipment development cycles into alignment with traditional program timelines requires changes to engineering team structures and toolsets. Powertrains must be highly efficient and lightweight, while meeting new regulations and growing customer expectations. Learn more about our specific offerings for electric powertrain development and integration, simulation for battery design and safety.

Agribots and Warehouse Innovation: Equipment connectivity and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is essential to today’s fleets. Both can be optimized with Altair® Feko® and Altair® Flux®. Feko is widely for the design and placement of antennas and modeling wave propagation for network simulation. Flux can evaluate the magnetic field radiated by power cables and busbars, and the effect of external fields on the operation of sensors or actuators. Feko can simulate both the radiation and irradiation of cables, antennas, and devices to inform the design of effective shielding.

Smart Mining, Construction, and Farming: Digital twins help organizations optimize product performance, gain visibility into the in-service life of a product, know when and where to perform predictive maintenance, and how to extend a product’s remaining useful life (RUL). Altair® SmartWorks™ is a powerful collection of web services and analytics tools to scale IoT systems. Modern greenhouses are becoming increasingly tech-heavy, using LED lights and automated control systems to perfectly tailor the growing environment. Altair’s toggled subsidiary creates smart lighting products and grow lights.

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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.

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Topology optimization and new manufacturing methods enable lightweight design in agricultural engineering

Amazone develops and produces innovative agricultural technology, enabling and supporting modern and economical arable farming methods. For the re-design of an originally welded suspension component as a casting part, solidThinking Inspire was used for topology optimization. The benefits included increased durability by a factor of 2.5 and an 8% reduction in weight.

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Using Altair EDEM for Agricultural Machinery Design

Watch examples of applications of EDEM in the design of agricultural machinery such as combine harvesters, tillage tools, and grain handling systems.

EDEM software, powered by the Discrete Element Method (DEM), simulates and analyze the behavior of grains, seeds, crops and soils. It enables engineers to predict the behavior of materials and their impact on their machines as well as getting key insights into machine-soil and machine-crops interactions.

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Designing Agricultural Machinery with EDEM

In this webinar, learn more about EDEM software and how it can be used for the design, performance testing, and optimization of agricultural machinery. Tractors, combines and forage harvesters are all designed to work with a range of granular materials such as crops, seeds and soils. These materials can impact the performance of the machine and its durability. EDEM software, powered by the Discrete Element Method (DEM), accurately simulates the behavior of grains, seeds, crops and soils and provides engineers with crucial insight into how materials will interact with a piece of equipment during a range of operation and process conditions. Webinar contents: • Challenges of designing agricultural equipment • Introducing EDEM simulation technology: overview and CAE integration • EDEM applications examples: combine harvesters, tillage tools, fertilizer spreader, grain handling & transport systems, and more • EDEM workflow demo Duration: 44 minutes

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