Systems Engineering for Smart Products

Learn three ways to manage product complexity, reduce software development costs and optimize system performance.
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Systems & Multiphysics Solutions

In developing new products, organizations face complex and sometimes competing pressures like never before. R&D teams must create the next “must-have” product. That product must be first to market. It has to be affordable for customers, yet priced to turn a profit. And it must work as promised. The challenges don’t stop there: Product lifecycles are shrinking, global competition is increasing and customer expectations are higher than ever.

As products grow more complicated, the engineering challenges become harder to solve. And the methods and tools used to develop and test yesterday's products may no longer be applicable today. For example, automotive engineers are building new HEV engines from scratch; electronic devices such as tablet computers have the potential to interact with each other in ways that were never imagined by their designers; composites materials, sought after for their light weight and high strength, pose unique challenges because of their different constituent materials and orientations; and smart product systems contain millions of lines of mission-critical embedded code that ensure the system's safe and dependable performance.

Engineering products the way you have for the last 20 years is simply no longer an option in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace. Simulation has revolutionized product development over the past decades by minimizing costly physical testing and accelerating time to market in every industry around the world. But for many companies, that simulation has largely focused on components or subsystems. Technology advancements in engineering simulation software now bring a total systems approach to product design and engineering.

A systems-level engineering simulation solution can meet product integrity and innovation challenges, interdependently addressing issues including signal integrity, electromagnetic interference, thermal issues and mechanical failure -- as well as encouraging innovation design.


Moving Beyond Localized Design

Consider, for example, smart products. Historical real-world testing consists of narrow studies of individual parts; this process cannot provide the insight you need to design out product flaws arising from complex component interactions, the constantly changing user environment, or unexpected consumer usage. So systems-level simulation plays a much larger — and important — role in product engineering. Using ANSYS engineering simulation software throughout the entire development cycle enables you to predict with confidence how your products will behave and how manufacturing processes will operate in a real-world environment.

In the early development phase, our tools can help cross-functional engineering organizations predict system-level performance, then work on improvements in individual components or subsystems, as well as their interactions with one another, especially with multiple physics. You then continually and rapidly fine-tune the entire product system in a virtual environment until it is ready for physical assembly and testing. This accelerates the development process and increases performance success when products are launched. Traditionally, simulation has been used only in the validation stages. But as products become increasingly complicated, leading companies are using ANSYS simulation earlier in the process to ensure that the products created live up to their promise.

ANSYS has the industry’s strongest multiphysics portfolio — enabling engineering teams to analyze the many forces that impact a complete product system, from embedded code all the way down to the chip level. Our portfolio supports collaboration and real-time information sharing among geographically dispersed team members. As a result, engineers can leverage systems-level analysis to make intelligent trade-offs in a low-risk, cost-effective virtual design environment.