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CONTACT Software: More Than Another PLM Solution

Do we need another PLM solution in the marketplace? It seems like a pretty crowded field. Why would another solution, like CONTACT Software, really be any different? Let’s table the discussion about whether we need another one and talk about the company first.  Organic Product Development First off, CONTACT Software is not a public company; …

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Top 4 Factors to Unlock Simulation-Driven Design

Simulation-driven design provides a broad range of benefits that help organizations realize business goals and expedite innovation. However, while some teams using this method thrive, others are unable to fully capitalize on it. So, here are four factors that affect simulation-driven design.

M-Files: How Does Master Data Management Apply to PLM and Product Development?

M-Files and Master Data Management  Why are they relevant to product development? Let’s start with master data management, and then discuss M-Files. Master data management is a set of solutions meant to address the burgeoning problem of different functional departments using various enterprise systems. For example, there is service life cycle management, product life cycle …

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How to Improve Designs by Compressing Simulation Analysis

Several developments have occurred during the last few years that have overhauled the traditional simulation analysis approach — changing it for the better. These advancements have replaced the discrete steps of traditional analysis with a near-real-time process in which the boundaries between steps are blurred.

Mixed Reality Moves Beyond the Cool Factor

As the hype around augmented reality(AR) and virtual reality(VR), begins to wear off, companies are starting to look at how these technologies add real value.

Cadence Allegro: What type of analysis capabilities will you find?

Analysis Capabilities in Cadence Allegro For those not familiar with that product or Cadence software, it is a software suite that used to develop circuit boards and a wide variety of capabilities. There’s lots of functionality there. It’s been around a long time. About eight years ago, Cadence acquired a company called SEGRITY, which had …

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Design for Manufacturability: What does Cadence Allegro offer?

Design for Board Manufacturability Issues:  What’s the deal here? Why is it an issue? Well, you want to check for manufacturability before you start to make anything. Usually, it happens pretty late in the design development process. There’s a big emphasis on shifting the manufacturability check earlier in the design development process to fix issues …

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WHAT IS A DIGITAL TWIN OF A PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO USE IT?

A digital twin of a production system feeds production line sensor data into a simulation of the production line. You can then measure virtual sensors and capture virtual sensor data off of the simulation. When you combine that with the physical sensor data, you have a richer view into what is actually happening in the production system overall. In this post, Chad Jackson discusses the value of running virtual and physical sensors together.

Digital Twins of production systems. 1D? 3D? What is the best fit?

Commissioning production systems is no easy task. The effort is complex. The schedule is short. Everyone wants to minimize downtime in facilities and plants. Getting a head start on commissioning through virtual methods instead of waiting for physical hardware is a step in the right direction. However, when it comes to the tactics of virtual commissioning, there are multiple options. Some organizations use 1D simulation process models. Others leverage detailed 3D designs with animations. Yet others use combinations of these two approaches. In this post, we’ll take a look at each, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods.