ANSYS and Sap Partner to Unveil Insights from Rich Data Across Engineering and Operations Value Chains

 ANSYS Twin Builder

MCADCafé, June 2018

ANSYS and SAP SE have entered into a partnership to enhance the Intelligent Enterprise by linking engineering and operations with the digital supply chain and asset management. The first product of this partnership — called SAP Predictive Engineering Insights enabled by ANSYS — will create value by optimizing operations and maintenance based on real-time engineering insights. It will run on an SAP Cloud Platform to maximize speed, availability and flexibility.

The solution embeds ANSYS’ pervasive simulation solutions for digital twins — ANSYS Twin Builder — into SAP’s marketleading digital supply chain, manufacturing and asset management portfolio. SAP Predictive Engineering Insights enabled by ANSYS will reduce product cycle times and increase profitability by substituting predictive and prescriptive maintenance for traditional time-based maintenance of industrial assets. The combination of ANSYS and SAP solutions yields a unique software product that combines engineering and business insights in one package. Organizations will reap tremendous benefits by using digital twins — virtual copies of a physical assets — to harness the massive amounts of data created during simulation and from data gathered by sensors on assets. By linking those diverse data sets, engineers gain valuable insights into product behavior to improve future development and spur innovation. Additionally, they can develop hybrid models that fuse machine learning with deep physics simulation models to accurately predict how an asset can fail after it is deployed.

By tracking how assets are designed, built and operated throughout the product lifecycle, organizations can gain immediate and valuable insights using SAP Predictive Engineering Insights enabled by ANSYS. This cloud-based industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solution uses a combination of real-time and predictive engineering analyses through ANSYS Twin Builder to build, validate and deploy digital twins. To connect a digital twin to test data or real-time data, Twin Builder easily integrates with IoT platforms like SAP’s cloud-based solution and provides runtime deployment. Once connected, the digital twin uses the current state of a product (including behavior under various environments and stresses) to simulate future states, enabling prediction of when problems might occur.

This unique solution combines data, simulation and financial information to improve operation and maintenance of equipment and systems in a wide variety of industries.

"A digital twin that ties together engineering models, manufacturing details and operational insights including financial information is unique in the industry."
— Hala Zeine, president, Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing, SAP