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.

How Microsoft Devices Group Streamlined its Global Development and Manufacturing Processes

By Estelle
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Microsoft phone devices

Mobile devices and phones are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives.  Various manufacturers have come into the scene, offering differentiation on anything – from features, design, price and everything else in between.

Microsoft Devices Group has one goal in mind: to come up with technologically advanced products that are also something that you would want to have and proudly show off to the world.  Not only do their products have to be beautiful and technically superior, these also have to be functional: helping people do more while enjoying great experiences with their devices.

It is an interesting time for Microsoft.  With increased competition, the company needs to have that phone that would surpass all of its previous releases.  And design is one of the most crucial factors.

Being a multinational corporation, Microsoft has design talents in different parts of the world, and they needed to simplify the way they designed and developed their devices.  This involved changes to their process and organization on a global scale as they had people in different countries that needed to share ideas and work on these ideas.

At that point, Microsoft Devices Group was using third-party applications that they have to heavily customize to fit their needs.  As a result, they were incurring huge costs to maintain the software.  The company realized that they needed to standardize the installation of software at all their developmental sites in order to achieve the following:

  1. to make sure that they have shorter design cycle times for their products,
  2. to enable every stakeholder to access updated and accurate information about these products and
  3. to make their manufacturing and R&D units more efficient.

In the case of Microsoft Devices Group, they are able to leverage the Smarter, Faster, Lighter Industry Solution Experience and the HT body Industry Solution Experience to meet their needs.

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Those solutions used by Microsoft Devices Group currently for their design processes are working so well that the company plans to include other stakeholders into the mix.  Rather than limiting it to the design, engineering, manufacturing and other teams, they are now thinking of letting suppliers and similarly interested key parties get access of the information available on these platforms.  This way, it will be easier to send and receive information back and forth, while also allowing these key stakeholders to participate in the design process.   This would help the company come up with phones and devices that fit with their own goal of helping their customers “do more”.

Find out how Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and its High Tech industry solutions helped companies like Microsoft Devices Group get a lead on their design process by downloading the case study  and the video now  or by visiting the High Tech Ressource Center.