In a recent article published in engineering.com, Rahul Garg, Vice President of Industrial Machinery and Heavy Equipment at Siemens Digital Industries Software, discusses the competitive industrial machinery landscape, driving machine builders to consider and adopt new designs, simulation and testing methods.
Intelligent Performance Engineering (IPE) addresses these issues with key differentiators: multi-physics simulation and testing, integrated design and simulation and closed-loop validation.
As machines and equipment are becoming much smarter, they increase in complexity, becoming lighter and more personalized to specific end-user needs. To exceed this competitive environment requires industrial machinery companies to adopt advanced design and simulation practices using Intelligent Performance Engineering (IPE).
Advances in technology drive this process, encouraging companies to evaluate how to address customer needs and utilize digitalization. More flexible and complex machinery demands evaluating machine behaviors and performance, thus providing data back into the machine model and development process.
Basic simulation always reflects the interdependency of electromagnetic interference, structural loads, heat and vibration inclusively. Therefore, a design can be proven safe, but it may not explore the many engineering trade-offs’ in performance results. Thus, the designer can overcompensate with being too cautious, resulting in added weight, cost or reduced performance to meet safety requirements.
Advanced simulation experts can address some of these issues but are not familiar with the design criteria and goals at a granular level. This process results in delays and the risk of analyzing an outdated design, thus requiring designers to wait for the physical prototype testing phase to examine and validate the many aspects of the machine’s multi-domain performance. Then they must find and fix the problems at the prototype stage, which is expensive and time-consuming.
Siemens Digital Industries Software and Intelligent Performance Engineering (IPE) makes it easy to adopt and facilitate digital transformation with an increasing need for higher performance in machine building.
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About the author
Rahul Garg is the Vice President for Industrial Machinery & SMB Program, responsible for defining and delivering key strategic initiatives and solutions and global business development. He and his team are responsible for identifying key initiatives and developing solutions for the industry while working closely with industry leading customers and providing thought leadership on new and emerging issues faced by the machinery industry. Rahul’s experience and insight are derived from 25 year career delivering software-based solutions for product engineering and manufacturing innovation for the global manufacturing industry, spanning a career in R&D to program management, sales and P&L management and having focused exclusively on the industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry since 2007.