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You Might Not Know It, But You’re Designing Systems

Does your company need system engineering? That’s a basic question that an increasing amount of companies are starting to ask themselves. No organization can afford to really ponder these kinds of questions without some motivation. No, there’s a reason they are becoming introspective in this way: there are some serious implications of failed system-level prototypes. …

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Designing in Virtual Reality: Making Ironman’s Jarvis Real

Ever daydream about designing in virtual reality with Ironman’s Jarvis? Analyzing new technologies, this post suggests it may become reality soon.

Siemens PLM’s Vision: Realizing the Complete Digital Twin

Siemens PLM’s vision is to empower customers to realize digital twins of products. This post assesses the provider’s ability to deliver on their vision. Last week, Siemens PLM held their annual analyst event in Boston to give us some insight into their top-level vision. After two and a half days of presentations from various executives, …

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Simulation Results

ANSYS’ Discovery Live: Promising Instant Analysis

Discovery Live is a new software application from ANSYS promising real-time simulation. This post reviews its capabilities and their ability to produce. If there is one commonality in most software product announcements today, it’s hyperbole. Trend X will completely change the industry! Manufacturers that don’t adapt will be out of business in five years! It …

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Adopting System Engineering: All, None or… Just a Little?

Many experts boastfully claim that organizations must adopt all system engineering practices to reap any benefits. This post challenges that stance. All of it. You need all of it. That’s the message that seems to float around system engineering practices and principles. You see, while I attended a number of conferences over the course of the …

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Terminology Trap: The Model Based Enterprise

Terminology. Terminology. Terminology. One of the base challenges that this industry faces is terminology. This space, software supporting engineering and development, is literally overrun with existing technology and concepts of how to use them. So when a software provider comes up with something new, something they don’t want the industry to see as merely an enhancement but …

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3D CAD Model Turbine

With MBD, MBE, AR and VR, the Role of 3D Models is Changing

There’s no doubt about it: we’re living in a time of change. Model Based Definition (MBD) and Model Based Enterprise (MBE) initiatives are gaining more and more traction. More manufacturers are seriously looking at Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) as a means to improve activities throughout and beyond the development cycle. And believe it …

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Simulation Reconciliation, the Series

It took me a while, but I reached a conclusion. More simulation integration is needed. It’s needed in a bad way. You see, there are a ton of good simulation tools being put to use out there. Over the course of the last year, I’ve been digging and digging into them. Some are being used to …

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Connectivity, Smart Software and Machine Learning

Today, the landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT) is awash with new and exciting technology that can empower miraculous product capabilities. Collecting and analyzing the right data can yield insights that may hold the power to transform a company. Building the right intelligence and automation can transform an industry. The visions are grandiose. Yet, most companies today struggle with a short and simple question: How do we get there?