3 types of simulation that can save you product development time and cost

3 types of simulation that can save you product development time and cost

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? 



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