Initiative Insights

The Digital Thread for Electrical Engineering

Today’s products integrate a wide range of mechanical and electronic components to deliver the ever-increasing number of features that customers demand. To manage this growing complexity, many organizations implement a digital thread initiative.

AI and Digital Twins for Smart Manufacturing

How can you use digital twins and artificial intelligence to help with the development of production systems that you see in plants and facilities? Obviously, there is a big movement with smart manufacturing to stream data from equipment on the shop floor; trying to improve product quality, trying to improve throughput, and trying to shorten the time to commission production systems. We’ll talk about how all that intersects.

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.

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.

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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To enable virtual commissioning, models are created that emulate the behavior of individual components in the system. Such simulation models have two sides, representing the logical controllers and the physical components of that system. This post will address some of the shortcomings associated with the models used to enable virtual commissioning and introduce potential solutions.

Model-Based Enterprise Initiative Expectations: Are They Too Aggressive?

Companies tend to focus on the end-game when implementing model-based enterprise initiatives. However, there are some valuable intermediate steps companies should consider. In this video, Chad Jackson discusses how some of the intermediate steps can boost productivity.


To successfully develop simulations for virtual commissioning, two core technology enablers are required. The first is the software application that builds and runs the simulation. The second is a library of the virtual components required to build the models. This post examines the importance of the component library.

What Are The Three Megatrends Changing Product Development Solutions Today?

There are three megatrends changing product development solutions today: “platformification”, movement to the cloud, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. In this video, Chad Jackson describes each megatrend and shares examples of how each is being implemented in the industry today.