Overcoming complexity during High Tech product development

By Eric

Consumers and businesses alike demand and expect products that perform flawlessly, provide continually improving experiences, anticipate their needs, are small and light weight, and are fast, interactive, and simple to operate, explains CIMdata.

That’s nothing new. But providing powerful, yet simple to use consumer electronic products is not a simple case anymore! Today’s electronics are so complex that no one person can hold the entire design in their mind. As a result we now have to abstract development and depend upon that abstraction to properly link underlying design detail to the overall design. Moreover, development teams are now often geographically distributed to attain lowest possible design costs. So, we trade improved outcomes for increased complexity. We then depend upon development experience software to manage the relationships for us. That’s not as simple as it sounds. It requires a vast range of experience considerations and capabilities, with many of them working against each other, thus demanding artful compromises in implementation.

Adding to this challenge, electronics and software are pervasive across many industries, requiring manufacturers in transportation, healthcare, business and other industries to act as if they were high –tech businesses. So, not only must these companies become highly competent in software and electronics development, they must do so at the cutting edge, managing all of the current complexity that many high tech manufacturers face.

CIMdata develops the challenges and solutions for electronics and High Tech products development in this whitepaper. I believe you will find key information for improving your next product development.

 

LG Electronics and Accelerating Time to Market

By Eric

The story of LG Electronics illustrates our vision for accelerating time to market for new product introductions. LG Electronics uses a centralized repository to manage their development processes. For them, having a product history helps the company accelerate time to market by organizing and tracking development data. It also increases the company’s development bandwidth as they can focus their efforts on innovation rather than duplicating prior work.

We interviewed Cheon Hee Youn, senior manager at LG Electronics where he enlightened us about LG’s reasons for choosing Dassault Systemes to assist with development acceleration:

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As does LG Electronics, we believe that accelerating time to market requires high tech manufacturers to ease collaboration between system engineering teams by using a single repository for all product development data including specifications, 3D models, code, analysis results, and manufacturing requirements. Not centralizing can cause new project to quickly get off track with duplication of past work. In fact, Dassault Systemes proposes a new full experience to develop smarter products faster by lightening the development process complexity.

The more consumers look for multi-function high tech products, the more manufacturers face highly complex systems development. The challenge is that sometimes key design elements must be ‘outsourced’, perhaps to another company division or team or even to a business partner. When the teams must collaborate on a new project and haven’t worked together before, having a robust collaboration process and platform is critical to fast ramp-up and design delivery.

On a related topic, prototyping is a required development task to assure on-target product configuration. However, physical prototypes can be very expensive and if you’re off target with your completed prototype, then finding the best configuration becomes a guessing game. Many of our customers are now simulating prototypes to enable development of multiple prototypes to assure on-target configuration.

At Dassault Systemes, we are honored to support LG Electronics with their development process enhancement for all its divisions: Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment and Home Appliances and Air-conditioning.

Eric Rogge is a member of the High-Tech Industry team

World-Changing Dreamer: Ismael Cendejas

By Aurelien

IFWEFollowing our previous blog post on IF WE Challenge third winner Andjelic Zoran, the turn is now to our second prize winner Ismael Cendejas. Ismael is coming from Mexico, but has recently studied in University of Victoria, BC, Canada. His winning IF WE Dream was: “IF WE design more exoskeletons we can help more people with different capacity”.

As a matter of fact, Ismael is working on two projects in this domain:

I have two projects about Exoskeletons. The first is about the Design of an Exoskeleton for training people with Parkinson’s Disease, which is part of a thesis of a bachelor. The second one is a Design and Matlab simulation of a portable exoskeleton for hand rehabilitation. [...] The most critical engineering discipline in these projects I think is Systems Engineering because all the diseases and patients are different, in that way they need to be treated personally, implying the necessity to develop a program for each one.

Ismael was kind enough to share the following pictures with us :)

Ismael has been using CATIA and SIMULIA for his project. As a winner of the second prize, we’re happy to provide Ismael with a high performance laptop (shown above) coming with 3DS software, thus adding our small contribution to this project with a great social impact potential.

Keep up the good work, Ismael!  :D

 



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