As the physical and digital realms converge, engineers must develop a plan for how to successfully adjust to this transition.
“Bridging the Gap in Digital Product Design” goes into detail about this digital transformation, and how your company can adapt. This 12-page whitepaper covers the following topics:
The increasing rate of the digital transformation The challenges of going digital Managing a digital transition Data and security Hiring and training
In this white paper, “Best Practices for Designing Smart, Connected Products and Driving Business Outcomes” you’ll discover:
Five critical smart product design challenges
How product designers manage complex trade-offs between size, weight, energy efficiency and/or thermal buildup, which are a function of adding electronic components for increased functionality
Seven digital engineering applications that are crucial to designing successful smart products
Engineering simulation has emerged as a critical capability that separates the leaders from the followers in the fast-paced, highly competitive world of smart product design. Simulation is key to visualizing every aspect of performance, understanding the relevant design trade-offs, and arriving at design decisions that marry innovation with cost control, reliability and reduced time to market.
Of the many types of intelligent sensors on the market, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors may be the most interesting as they have a wide footprint in the intelligent sensor market and command an industry that exceeded $11 billion in sales in 2016. In fact, the MEMS smart sensor market looks as if it has the potential to grow even further as it expands into the rapidly blooming consumer electronics market.
But how does a company tap into the potential afforded by MEMS sensors, and are there strategies for developing MEMS smart sensor-enabled products?
In this white paper you will learn:
The history of the development of the MEMS smart sensor market Why smart sensors, and in particular, MEMS sensors are critical in modern product design. What design flows and strategies work best for the development of MEMS-enabled products and services.
The very firmware and hardware that is enabling widespread connectivity is also being exploited for nefarious ends. In fact, in the recent past, no fewer than six major IoT vulnerabilities were discovered in consumer electronics by white hat hackers looking to publicly expose the vulnerabilities of these products. These cases highlight that the complexity inherent within these electronics prevents a design team’s ability to ensure that a product is 100 percent safe from malicious actors. However, it is necessary that designers do their due diligence to reduce the chance of edge IoT hacking. In this white paper you will learn:
What type of vulnerabilities are being exploited in edge IoT hardware. How malicious actors are using these vulnerabilities. What type of test plans your team can develop to make your IoT edge devices safer for your customers.
It serves the field of design and application of fluid power systems, components and materials. This includes industries designing for original equipment, or in manufacturing or maintenance. Every issue reaches a number of fluid power design and in-plant engineers as well as distributors of all types of components, both hydraulic and pneumatic. Editorial coverage includes information on systems design, advanced componentry, material selection and maintenance.
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In this whitepaper, you’ll discover:
The three major forces urgently compelling industry to address sustainability and energy efficiency.
How industry leaders are turning those forces into opportunities for value creation.
The five, key engineering applications the aerospace industry leverages to deliver significant breakthroughs in aircraft fuel efficiency, and how these applications are relevant across industry sectors.
Learn how function blocks can be used to supplement ladder logic or any number of IEC 61131 programming languages. This special report also takes a look at the future of automation and its effect on programming. A controller platform option and a real world application is also presented.
Our analysis focused on the types of systems used, how they were used, and the correlation between system types and common product design failures.
The results of this analysis should provide design and development teams information to help them benchmark their results relative to the industry.
Here are a few selected insights that we gleaned from the survey data:
Approximately half (49%) of all respondents do not have a formal PDM/PLM system. Design teams spend a surprising number of hours each week looking for files and on other non-productive activities. Respondents were generally disappointed with their team’s performance on seven measures of design process control, from sharing data, to ECOs, to avoiding redesigning the same part.
The data supporting these findings are presented in charts and graphics in this 25 page report.
Our analysis focused on their level of satisfaction with their CAD systems across several dimensions of performance.
This research report is designed to help product development teams benchmark their CAD experience relative to other teams.
Here are a few selected insights that we gleaned from the survey data:
While 88% of respondents said that it was important to standardize on a single CAD system, less than half of them reported doing so. Users reported dissatisfaction with many aspects of their CAD software, especially cost and ease of use. Reports of dissatisfaction correlated strongly and negatively with success in achieving on-time product launches and minimizing product development costs.
The data supporting these findings are presented in charts and graphics in this 27-page report.
However, obstacles such as the increased need for security and shorter product design cycle times are making it difficult for firms to keep up with consumer demands.
What’s more, these troubles are being compounded by old notions of how a product should be created.
To keep up with the changing nature of today’s dynamic consumer electronics market, firms need to rethink how they approach product design. In this white paper by VDC Research, authors Andre Girard and Chris Rommel offer their best advice for adapting to this changing landscape and putting your group in a position to succeed in the long term.
In this white paper you’ll learn the following:
Which tools you can use to better manage product development How to establish a comprehensive product testing plan How to improve the way you manage software supply chains
This research report focused on their level of satisfaction with their collaboration systems across several dimensions. The results of this analysis will provide design and development teams information to help them benchmark their results relative to the industry.
Here are a few selected insights:
About one-third (32%) of product development teams do not have a formal collaboration solution. Product teams who lack a formal system reported low levels of satisfaction with many collaboration processes, such as quickly gathering feedback, securely sharing data, and remotely accessing important data. Users of cloud-based collaboration systems reported higher levels of satisfaction than users of server-based collaboration systems.
The data supporting these findings are presented in charts and graphics in this 23 page report.
It’s likely that while you were on your way to work, you encountered a number of infrastructure development projects under construction. On site are workers, foremen and heavy machines, each of which has their places in the transformation of undeveloped land into centers of commerce and progress. But what you might not have noticed were the support structures that make the difficult and destructive work of improving the urban environment actually happen. Some of those often overlooked support structures are hose protection and the fittings that make hydraulic machinery last under some of the most stressful work conditions.
But where can you find these critical components? Well, all of the information you’ll need regarding hydraulic protection and more are presented here.
In this eBook from Essentra you will find:
One of the hose protection solutions on the market Fittings that are suitable for any job An application wizard that can help you determine exactly what products and fittings are right for you task.
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Get information on the what you need to do to pursue your engineering career, important qualities, pay, job outlook, state and area data, similar occupations and much more.
When it comes to defense, all operations require a high degree of coordination and processing. As a result, airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) has become a crucial component of military activity. In order to maintain stealth and avoid detection, ISR missions are forced to fly at extremely high altitudes. These altitudes present a number of environmental obstacles such as extreme temperature ranges or fluctuating atmospheric pressure – most of which cannot normally be handled by commercially available components. However, because of rising costs and time delays, developing application-specific hardware is becoming less feasible. Using a real-life case study, this white paper explores in great detail a scenario in which Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) components were able to be used for a critical, extreme environment application. Check out this report, and see if cost-saving commercial COTS components can possibly be utilized for your specific needs.
In fact, virtual prototyping users saw a 13 percent decrease in overall development time. This report from Aberdeen Group, a U.S. technology and services company, explores how Best-in-Class companies are using virtual prototyping to innovate and differentiate products from the competition.
In fact, innovative products are now critical to the success of future-thinking companies — 52 percent of companies developing smart products fear they’ll lose market share unless they continue to make products smarter. There are, however, unique challenges that come with perfecting development processes and managing complexities. This e-book, by research firm Tech-Clarity, outlines steps to successfully transforming your products into smart, connected systems.
This revolutionary technology is producing a broader range of materials, faster and more efficiently than ever before — greatly impacting the product development process and adding value to businesses. This article dives deeper into the evolving role of 3D printing and how it can improve part-design flexibility, reduce lead times and create smarter, customized product designs.
When hauling perishable goods and materials, it’s critical for buyers and suppliers to seek cost efficiencies and deliver in a timely manner. To help, Jeremy Singley collaborated with Bob Sliwa to create an ultra-aerodynamic tractor-trailer that could reduce draft and lower fuel consumption by up to 25 percent. This article discusses how these innovators used SOLIDWORKS design software to create a SuperTruck prototype.
Now, this interconnectivity is impacting the beer brewing process, providing brewers with a consistent, reliable, data-driven experience — and serving customers with a tasty, better brew. This article discusses how the IoT and smart, connected brewing appliances are redefining the industry landscape one beer at a time.
By implementing these solutions, Zeta Group was able to cut design cycles by 50 percent and reduce customer scrap. This case study provides details about how Zeta Group streamlined, improved and accelerated development cycles with SOLIDWORKS.
While these terms have loose and varying definitions, the core ideas that underpin each of these concepts are becoming increasingly important to successful product development.
Put shortly, “digitization” is the process of moving from an analog strategy for connecting product and configuration to a digital model that makes it easier to rapidly iterate product designs. While capturing data in a digital paradigm is undeniably useful, the process of transitioning from an analog to digital paradigm can be daunting. To make the job easier, companies should consider investing in Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) software that can eliminate many of the struggles often found in analog to digital transitions. For those considering this switch, the following eBook will be a valuable roadmap for their transition.
In this eBook you will learn:
What MBE is and why it matters. Why it is critical to integrate MBE with a Product Innovation Platform. How MBE can help maximize the data that informs product design decisions.
Because of this growing complexity, integrating disparate business systems into a unified Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform is becoming increasingly important if companies want to create valuable and impactful products. While that might be obvious, the question remains: what’s the best method for unifying separate streams of information and data collection into a PLM platform?
In this eBook, PLM firm Razorleaf reviews three successful PLM integration strategies that highlight how a complex PLM integration process can be made straightforward, regardless of the level of integration that your team requires.
In this eBook, you will learn:
Why PLM integration will ultimately be profitable for your company. The pros and cons of three types of PLM integration. The timelines and cost of PLM integration and what type of data you should consider merging in your PLM integration strategy.
To complicate matters further, the materials used in chip layouts and their pre-manufacture simulations are treated as if they provide an “ideal” connection between different layers of a device. However, that “ideal” state isn’t matched in reality. In fact, many chip layouts contain unwanted parasitic resistance, induction and capacitance points that are created through the interplay of the densely sandwiched layers that make up a chip. These parasitic nodes can wreak havoc on the performance of a chip and, therefore, must be extracted from a design before it’s sent off for manufacture.
But how does a layout designer detect these parasitic points on chip design? In this 10-page white paper, you will learn about a platform integration which provides designers with a fast, highly accurate, and multi-purpose parasitic extraction tool that enables post-layout simulation across a wide range of designs and advanced process nodes.