Benefits of Virtual Simulation for Engineering Managers
Success can be measured by many standards. In product engineering, manufacturing and production, success is often measured by three standards: (1) profitability; (2) competitiveness; and, (3) design. It’s no accident that I listed them in this order. Regardless of a product’s design and its ability to compete in the market, if the company manufacturing it doesn’t make a profit, the product cannot be considered a success.
Agile, responsive design and assembly methods and strategies continue to emerge, but perhaps one of the best ways for a manufacturer to meet three core goals listed above is with virtual simulation. Assembly simulation, planning and assessment in a CAD model based virtual environment (VE) identifies potential problems without the use of physical mockups or prototypes. This process shortens the design cycle, improves product quality, and ensures that the product can be manufactured with cost-effective materials to improve profitability.