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Create next generation heavy equipment designs with physics simulation

Digital capabilities, autonomous operation and electrification are revolutionizing the heavy equipment industry. Yet those innovations complicate designs and many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) struggle to keep up.

What if there was a way to move faster despite the additional complexity? With real-world physics simulation, you can accurately predict real equipment behavior for realistic duty cycles during design. OEMs could create next generation heavy equipment designs to make better decisions earlier and avoid getting stuck in endless iterations.

Download the latest ebook to discover how real-world physics simulation can help you reduce the need for physical prototypes, certify designs earlier and save time and money.

Heavy duty machinery trends

Heavy duty machinery trends such as climate change and resource scarceness are driving the need for radically new products, processes and business models across industries. This defines the design priorities for heavy equipment manufacturers. The new generation of heavy duty machinery must:

  • Comply with increasingly stringent safety and emissions regulations

  • Become electrified

  • Be even more connected

  • Include capabilities for autonomous operation

All of these trends make heavy equipment design more complex. Design and engineering teams must meet more ambitious performance criteria while dealing with an increasing number of variables, more types of physics with stronger interactions and after-delivery product updates.

When real-world physics simulation becomes predictive simulation

To be successful, heavy equipment manufacturers will need to rethink the role of simulation - moving from a tool merely for validation, to accurately predicting real product behavior. With real-world physics simulation, engineers can build comprehensive models that include all relevant physics and combine those with realistic duty cycles. Real-world physics simulation becomes predictive simulation, allowing engineers to make well-informed decisions earlier in the design process.

Mechanical testing enables accurate predictive simulation

While real-world physics simulation will play a more prominent role as the driving force for heavy equipment design, it’s still essential to complement it with powerful mechanical testing solutions. Now that heavy equipment manufacturers are exploring uncharted design territories, they can’t achieve the necessary accuracy for predictive simulation without continuously validating data on those new components, materials, boundary conditions and more. Even with first time right design, final validation and certification will still need to be implemented on a physical prototype. Mechanical testing will remain an important part of the process as simulation and testing teams must collaborate and look for synergies.

Driving digital transformation through simulation tools

Heavy equipment manufacturers need to find ways to move faster despite the complexity that they work with. Those who can do this successfully will turn complexity into a competitive advantage while also driving digital transformation through simulation tools. Advanced tools that are specifically designed for productivity, including dedicated high-end features, can help manufacturers achieve these higher levels of innovation and drive profits with next generation solutions.

Read this new ebook to learn more about increasing efficiency and improving productivity with a personalized, adaptable, open-source solution that includes the most comprehensive digital twin.