A lot goes into successfully bringing high-quality, reliable products to market - but what are some of the tools that enable that success?
One particularly powerful example is simulation and modeling tools. Simulation is the process of modeling a real phenomenon through a set of mathematical formulas or algorithms. Simulation and modeling tools enable you to virtually model a process in detail without having to spend the time, resources, or capital to physically test that design in a real-world environment.
3 ways simulation can save you time and money
1. Design for reliability (DfR)
Before your product even comes to life, Design for Reliability (DfR) testing identifies high-risk areas and suggests tests for validating results. While mainly used in the design stage, DfR can be used at any stage in a product’s lifecycle.
DfR can help you:
- Meet your reliability target
- Optimize product design
- Reduce costs
2. Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
Conducting finite element analysis, or FEA, ensures a product can handle various types of stress. FEA is used to optimize the design of a part to improve the design, avoid possible failures and validate the existing geometry for its application. FEA is commonly used in the design stage of a product before the parts are fabricated, but can benefit existing products for design validation purposes.
With FEA, you can:
- Improve product reliability
- Reduce the steps of physical testing
- Simulate “what if” scenarios
3. Industrial Engineering and Value Engineering (IE/VE)
Industrial Engineering and Value Engineering (IE/VE) ensure a product is fit for manufacturing and end use. IE/VE tools simulate factory environments such as production lines, automation solutions, logistic operations or other manufacturing processes throughout the Sketch-to-Scale® cycle.
IE/VE simulations can model various parameters in a process including takt time, yield, volumes, headcount, layouts and more. This allows industrial engineers or process engineers to:
- Optimize layouts
- Improve productivity
- Reduce lead time
- Reduce work in progress
- Increase volumes
IE/VE guides the remainder of the product life cycle through steps including manufacturing, supply chain and logistics.
Want to find out how simulation and modeling can optimize your product?