Nov 16, 2011

SimManager 2012 Enables Dramatic Increases in CAE Throughput

MSC Software Corporation today announced its new release of SimManager 2012. This powerful release delivers unmatched computer-aided engineering (CAE) process automation and reporting functions to increase the efficiency of engineers performing analysis, leading to orders of magnitude improvement over manual methods. The release is scheduled to be available at end of November.

SimManager provides standard CAE workflows for Automotive that automate Crash, Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH), Occupant Safety, and Pedestrian Safety analysis, thereby increasing engineering throughput, allowing shorter design cycles, and enabling companies to do more with existing CAE teams. In Aerospace, standard CAE workflows automate Global-Local, Propulsion, detail part, sub-component and component analysis providing proven benefits including consistent analysis for high quality best practices, and automated report generation which saves significant engineering time/cost while positively impacting schedule timelines. Other industries including Consumer Products and Shipbuilding use SimManager to automate standard product tests and CAE workflows to explore more design alternatives.

SimManager 2012 introduces over 400 new features that alleviate engineers of the tedium associated with simulation-based projects.

SimManager 2012 automatically captures all data associated with every executed simulation process, ensuring 100% traceability of process-generated objects - a key benefit not provided by Product Data Management (PDM)-based PLM systems. New automation modules include:

Simulation Generator - enables an analyst to assemble simulation configurations based on the flexible definition of the model structures, load cases, assembly, analysis, and post-processing methods. Benefits include ability to create, execute, and manage an extraordinary number of simulations to explore more design alternatives with the same number of analysts.
Report Generator - fully automated process to generate reports 'on-the-fly' as part of any automation sequence, thereby converting large volumes of simulation data into meaningful design intelligence.

SimManager 2012 introduces a new level of collaboration, with several new capabilities that promote the traceable collaboration within and across project teams:

Work Request - Captures customer-specific work-request tasks and activities as re-usable templates. Work Request tasks manage project work assignments and record task status.
Project Dashboards -The status of assigned tasks can be tracked and viewed in the new Project Dashboard, providing project transparency and enhancing engineering productivity.

SimManager manages huge amounts of simulation data from two sources: legacy simulation data imported into the system and data auto-captured from integrated processes.

SimManager 2012 completes the transition from a 'framework' based approach requiring customization to a 'product' which is widely configurable via the web user interface. Such configurability ensures faster deployments, easy extension into new domains and broad-scale usability. New and enhanced capabilities include Solver and Post-Processing Integration.

With over 80 man years of development, extensive customer-driven usability cycles, and many process execution, expression language, and database enhancements, SimManager 2012 exhibits significantly improved robustness and performance. Load testing performed by MSC, IBM, and Oracle against the unique requirements of managing simulation data verify that SimManager 2012 scales to 100's of thousands of simultaneous simulations for 100's of concurrent users resulting in 10's of millions of data objects.

"We see tremendous benefits for our worldwide manufacturing customers who have the need to manage their simulation data, harmonize their engineering methods and increase efficiency by automating their simulation processes," said Albrecht Pfaff, VP SimManager Business Unit.

For more details about the SimManager 2012 release, visit simmanager.mscsoftware.com

To learn more, register for the upcoming "What's New in SimManager 2012" Webcast at: http://www.mscsoftware.com/webinar/SimManager2012/.