Multiplying the efficiency of designer CFD software

When we released Simcenter Flotherm 2019.2 and Simcenter Flotherm XT 2019.3 late last year something very important and unique didn’t get a lot of attention.

A lot of nice usability features did get attention of course. Plot locations linked to objects and maximum temperature, on-demand tabular data, full scripting extended to support post-processing, and many more. All good stuff, driven by customer feedback, making aspects of the software faster and easier to use.

What if there was a feature that could make the entire use of the software, not just some aspect of it like post-processing, many times faster? Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it.

Well there is. At least for some customers. For Chinese speaking customers in fact, and a significant benefit to any company with thermal design department in Greater China. In addition to having Japanese as a supported language, which has been available for a number of years, both Simcenter Flotherm and Simcenter Flotherm XT can now be installed and launched with a Simplified Chinese User Interface (UI).

Simcenter Flotherm XT EDA Bridge window in Simplified Chinese and English

Importance to Users

Designer-focussed tools in particular benefit from local language support for users whose first language is not English. Local language versions greatly speed up the time it takes for users to navigate through all aspects of the software. Imagine if software you are using had an interface in Chinese. How productive would you be?

Now, in Simcenter Flotherm Flexx, all menu items, drop down lists, and tool tips are translated. Translation does not affect the data or naming in the data model, so a model created with one language can be imported into a version using English or Japanese.

Importance to Companies

The ability to work with models regardless of the language of the UI used to create them is particularly critical in electronics thermal design, due to the often complex supply chains that exist, and the need for suppliers to share models with their customers to support the customer’s thermal design efforts. Using Simcenter Flotherm Flexx’s library capabilities, suppliers are able to provide models of package thermal models, fans, heatsinks, enclosures, or fully assembled PCB assemblies. Feel free to share with is your colleagues, particularly those in Greater China, who may appreciate the translation below:

在去年底我们发布了Simcenter Flotherm 2019.2 和 Simcenter Flotherm XT 2019.3,其中有一个非常重要的独特功能也许没有引起用户足够的重视。

这次发布中增加的许多易用性功能确实得到了大家的普遍关注,例如,与物件及最大温度关联的绘图,按需显示表格数据,为可视化后处理提供完整脚本支持等等。来源于用户的反馈推动了这些新增功能的实现,使得软件在多方面的性能都得到了提高,更易于使用。

这次发布还有一个新增的功能使得整个系统的使用快捷好几倍, 听起来不太让人相信,不是吗?

可是至少对于部分用户而言,确有其事。准确的说,这部分客户包括中文用户,以及任何在大中华区拥有热设计部门的公司。在为日语界面提供支持多年之后,Simcenter Flotherm 及Simcenter Flotherm XT新增了对简体中文用户界面的支持,包括软件的安装。

Simcenter Flotherm XT EDA Bridge 简体中文版及英文版比较

对与用户的重要性

以设计者为核心的工具特别受益于为那些母语不是英文的用户提供本地语言支持。本地语言版本极大提高了用户操作软件的速度。 设想一下,如果使用一个全中文的界面,您的工作效率将会有怎样的提高?

在Simcenter Flotherm Flexx 之内,所有的工具栏,下来菜单以及提示框已都有中文版本。中文界面不影响数据本身及数据模型的内部命名, 用某种语言版本产生的项目可以被导入进任何其它语言版本。

对于公司的重要性 对于电子热设计来说,用户是否能够使用由任何语言界面所创建的模型至关重要,原因在于供应链总是非常复杂,另外供应商也必须与客户共享模型以支持客户的热设计工作。利用Simcenter Flotherm Flexx 的库功能,供应商可以提供各类模型,包括封装热模型,风扇,散热器,外壳或完全封装的PCB组件模型。

This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/simcenter/multiplying-the-efficiency-of-designer-cfd-software/