Supporting the Next Generation of Designers

By Alyssa
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Youngse Kim was born in Korea, but moved to Silicon Valley where he became a celebrated designer of consumer electronics products. Bill Gates called Kim’s iriver MP3 player “a leading design product of the digital era.”

But even after more than 3 decades in California where he founded the high-tech design firm INNO Design, he never forgot where he came from.  Korea has been largely known as a manufacturer of low-cost products, but Kim knew the country was home to many great designers who needed more resources to bring their ideas to market.  To help them along, he founded Design Accelerator Lab (DXL-Lab) in Pangyo, at the heart of Korea’s Techno Valley.

Many Korean designers seek to work at INNO Design, but the firm simply can’t employ all interested applicants.  Kim found a solution with DXL-Lab, which not only helps encourage the design process but also supports other aspects of the development process required to get a product that consumers want into the market.  Key to the program is a cloud-based platform that allows aspiring designers to connect with INNO Design experts and potential investors. Every step of the collaborative process happens on the platform.

Compass recently took a look at the vision for DXL-Lab, and its “Design Together” philosophy.   Learn more about what the organization is doing, including some early successful projects like the Hycore electric bike wheel set to be released in 2017.

Is There a Better Way to Manage Product Development Projects?

By Neno
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The last three decades have seen an explosion in project management software tools and certifications for project management methodologies.  Terms like agile, resource management, critical path analysis, risk mitigation, etc. are now commonplace throughout the corporate world.  However, has all of this attention to the project management discipline resulted in product development executing as planned?  For too many companies, the answer is still a resounding “No.”

A recent study by Engineering.com (“Product Development and Project Management Tools,” December 17, 2015) indicates that there is a significant gap between how manufacturing companies value specific aspects of their project execution and how they judge their performance.  Specifically, the study looked at 4 main aspects of managing product development projects:

  • Executing the simultaneous launch of multiple variants of a product
  • Understanding how requirement changes affect a project’s schedule and resources
  • Obtaining accurate and consistent project task updates with proof of completion
  • Identifying product development issues that are causing project delays

Across all industries, survey respondents judged their abilities in each of these project management activities to be significantly less than their importance for executing a project successfully.  However, it was found that if a respondent combined their project management methodologies with a web-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, they judged their performance to be significantly higher.  In order to address these 4 challenging aspects of product development projects, it was concluded that a PLM solution with embedded project management can uniquely provide the following operational best practices:

  1. Full alignment between projects and the product portfolio in order to leverage common technology platforms and launch products to market faster.
  2. Coordination of a project’s schedule and resources with its scope as defined by requirements and development constraints in order to meet market expectations.
  3. Automatic updates of project tasks as development work are completed to have a real-time understanding of project status and progress.
  4. Mitigating project risks based upon the real-time status of product development – designs, change orders, defects, etc. – in order to stay on schedule and within budget.

Each of these project management best practices are explored in more detail in a white paper available through Dassault Systèmes.  Adopting a PLM system with a deliverables-based project management approach may find some organizational resistance due to a bias towards standalone project management tools.  There will be pressure to pursue solutions with a lengthy list of advanced project management capabilities.  While there is a baseline that a solution must provide, there are diminishing returns from the most advanced capabilities.  Do not place excessive priority on these seldom used capabilities at the expense of fully realizing the best practices discussed in this white paper.  Instead, stay focused on the unique value provided by a PLM system with embedded project management.

Download the Whitepaper now!

The Need To Transform The Way We Develop Embedded Mechatronic Systems

By Neno
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The challenge of developing embedded mechatronic systems for smart products has never been greater.  During the initial 60% of the development process, no physical prototypes exist. This means that fewer than 10% of systems engineers have the opportunity to validate systems and their sub-systems in a complete product.  This makes it impossible to validate and optimize a system’s behavior or to fully understand its interaction with other systems in its target environment and across all possible product configurations.

In this era of smart products, where products are often differentiated in the marketplace by their innovative capabilities that are implemented within the product. Many of these capabilities are delivered through embedded systems, the source of up to 80% of today’s smart product innovations.  Such systems can account for more than 40% of a new products development costs and are defined by many thousands of market, product, system and regulatory requirements.

Embedded & mechatronic systems designers typically use hundreds of disconnected systems engineering tools to implement these systems. These legacy and proprietary tools create many different and separate models of the systems that are largely disconnected from each other, with the result that they:

  • Limit cross-discipline collaboration & integration, making it difficult to build a complete systems view that integrates multiple engineering disciplines;
  • Make it impossible to model & simulate the behavior of systems in the context of a complete product, its environment or its interaction with other systems;
  • Limit the ability to reuse system assets across multiple product ranges and options.

What is needed is a fully integrated systems development environment to address these challenges.  An environment that makes it possible to create a high fidelity digital replica of the product and its embedded mechatronic systems to accurately predict and simulate their behavior through a rich 3D experience, just like in real life.

The Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for Systems Engineering provides such an integrated solution. It delivers an open, extensible & integrated systems engineering environment that shares a common and consistent set of systems models.  It enables all engineering disciplines to create and share virtual twins of real smart products and their systems that make it possible to:

  • Transform all aspects of developing embedded mechatronic systems, from defining and developing systems architectures through to their implementation and validation, all in the context of a virtual twin of the real product through a rich 3D experience.
  • Improve decision-making at the conceptual design stage and reduce the need for physical prototypes through powerful 3D life-like simulation and validation.
  • Collaborate and share information across all stakeholders through a shared common systems definition.
  • Simulate the behavior of complex multi-physic systems in the context of the complete product and its environment.
  • Validate the virtual twin of the product and its sub-systems earlier in the development cycle, saving costs and minimizing errors
  • Reuse systems assets across multiple product ranges and options.
  • Manage the complete product and systems development lifecycle by sharing an open, extendable and common systems data model and repository with all stakeholders.

To learn how this ‘3DEXPERIENCE platform for Systems Engineering’ can transform your embedded and mechatronic systems development process, watch this short webinar now.



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