Companies that sell household cleaners, laundry detergents, air fresheners and other home care items are constantly challenged to innovate while maintaining competitive price points. Finding the balance between innovation — which, in consumer language, translates to value-added features, bells and whistles, and improved performance — and cost containment is achieved through simulation driven product development.
Manufacturers are usually under time constraints to create new products that will improve upon the performance of past iterations. Consumers expect more value from these products, but they don’t expect to pay premium prices for new versions.
In creating products that meet consumer demands and add to the company’s bottom line, virtual prototyping eliminates the need for time-consuming physical experiments — a must-have capability when exploring the interaction between solid and liquids, for which effects may not be measurable. From creating a homogeneous product to engineering green packaging, virtual prototyping opens the door to continuous improvement and optimization of products, offering a clear competitive advantage to companies that make use of this technology.
One of the most vexing problems for manufacturers of household goods is maintaining emulsion quality. There is a persistent threat that the texture of the emulsion will be altered during preparation, packaging, storage or shelf life. Using ANSYS software, droplets of uniform size can be created virtually and tested for stability in all stages of the process, from manufacturing to shipping to home use. Once a suitable formula has been developed virtually, a physical prototype can be created for final testing.
Analyzing mixing components often requires more than one specific physics domain. Using the power of software tools from ANSYS, researchers, process engineers and equipment designers can work through complicated analyses of materials and processes quickly and accurately. Engineering simulation tools give manufacturers an advantage in the race to market, no matter their specific niche.
- Air fresheners
- Household cleaners
- Laundry and fabric care
- Paper towels
- Surface treatments
- Sweepers and vacuum cleaners