Reducing Repetitive Tasks & Accelerating the Reporting Process

Challenge: R&D North America utilizes HyperView to investigate test results, using the data to inform decisions on methods to improve designs. This data will often be used to create reports and presentations during the development process, using images and animations generated by HyperView to illustrate particular areas of a component where additional work may be required. However, exporting these assets is a highly manual process of loading in results, positioning the model and taking screenshots. To allow its engineers to concentrate efforts on exploring and interpreting the results, R&D North America wanted a way of automating this process.

Already having experience with HyperWorks and knowledge of Altair’s reputation within the engineering industry, R&D North America reached out to the company for a better process that could help cut down on processing time.

Following a review of R&D North America’s current reporting process, Altair ProductDesign’s Enterprise Solutions Group made the recommendation for the team to use Altair’s Automated Reporting Director (ARD) which could be implemented to help streamline reporting activities. Altair’s ARD is integrated directly into the HyperView environment and is designed to eliminate the tedious and repetitive tasks associated with the mechanics of generating reports. The solution automates the detection of result maxima or hot spots, best view selection, creation of notes and legends, and highlights the most interesting results in an interactive tab. These results are then automatically exported to Microsoft PowerPoint using the company’s own design templates.

The ARD has become an invaluable asset for R&D North America to use whenever an engineer has a need to create, exchange, or present simulation result reports internally and externally. The engineering team is now able to better estimate the length of time needed for report generation, no matter if it’s a 10 page or 50 page report or the variable being tested, with the team reporting time savings of as much as 80% in their report generation process compared to its previous manual routine. This has allowed its engineers to focus entirely on interpreting and understanding the results as opposed to manually creating the required reports.