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Altair: Simulation Driven Innovation for Leading Product Design

Pavan Kumar,VP South Asia

Pavan Kumar

VP South Asia

Be it conception of a new product or updating an existing product to new market realities, the game of product innovation just got elevated to next level which demands integration of multiple disciplines be it in the advance sectors of aerospace and automotive or be it a consumer electronics such as a kitchen appliance. Today, structurally designed products increasingly use electronics to address the demands of the rapidly changing market landscape. Thus, the pace of technology innovation needs to accelerate. This makes it necessary for companies to navigate the technology landscape to achieve a winning product formula to compete effectively much before others beat them at the game. Users must be aware of the advancements in technology and trends that can benefit their products for the developing market.

Based out of Troy, Michigan, with an Indian office at Bengaluru, Altair Engineering is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Altair provides engineering software, consulting, training, implementation services, and support, along with technical services for product design and development. With a 32-year old track record in product design, Altair develops enterprise-class engineering software for product development for the entire product lifecycle from concept design to in-service operations.

Furthermore, working as a simulation technology provider,Altair has categorized their software into different parts related to Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and High Performance Computing (HPC). CAE software include mathematical software engines that uses advance computational algorithms to predict physical product performance and aid in optimizing solution to meet the desired multi-objective requirements the products demand in their use. They

allow advanced physics simulation modeled in high fidelity environment to maintain accuracy and generate early concepts to address requirements,be it for ergonomics, aesthetics, performance or manufacturing feasibility. On the IoT front, Altair Engineering simplifies data collection, visualization, exploration & analysis, including large volumes of data generated by sensors during in-service operations of physical products enabling creation of digital twins for future predictive analysis and in addition, streamlining the workflow management of compute-intensive tasks.

"Altair provides engineering software, consulting, training, implementation services, and support, along with technical services for product design and development"

Game-Changing Solutions for Innovation
Organizations of all sizes consider innovation as the core part of their business strategies to better compete in the market. To stay ahead of the game, Altair Engineering has expanded their product portfolio from the traditional simulation markets to offering simulation upfront in the design process by developing Concept Design and Manufacturing Simulation and Model-Based Development which help numerous industry-leading companies to address emerging challenges and shrink product life cycle time. Though Altair offers primarily software, but some of the engineering software require a well set up HPC. In such cases Altair provides (physical) hardware appliance or a (virtual–cloud based) appliance to customers for their HPC requirements.

Altair’s solid Thinking product platform focuses on simulation-driven design and manufacturing solutions applied early and throughout the design process for industrial design, photorealistic rendering, model-based development, generative design, concept engineering and manufacturing feasibility. It transforms the way to obtain software by eliminating the traditional licensing hurdles; like high cost, limited access to software and multiple licensing mechanisms. At virtually no cost, Altair Engineering provides access to growing library of solutions using a single pool of recyclable units. A Mexico-based international appliance company, Mabe, started using Altair Motion Solve to simulate the washing machine basket spinning at ideal speeds regardless of the load, weight, torque and power required from the motor. Altair technology has enabled Mabe to

increase the capacity of their washing machines by 35 percent, and the spin speed by 24 percent while reducing the cost per cubic foot by 10 percent. By achieving these often-competing goals of improved performance, reduced cost, and accelerated time-to-market with new designs, Mabe has significantly improved its ability to compete against other appliance manufacturers. Altair products empower the creation of designs that are focused on both performance and manufacturability; explore, develop, and manufacture high performance products in a single product development environment.

Additionally, Altair’s HyperWorks is the most comprehensive, open architecture CAE simulation platform in the industry, offering the exceptional technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient and innovative products. HyperWorks includes best-in-class modeling, linear and nonlinear analyses, structural and system-level optimization, fluid and multi-body dynamics simulation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), multi-physics analysis, model-based development, and data management solutions. HyperWorks offers optimization for both, concept design and design fine-tuning stages of a multi-disciplinary product design cycle. Altair OptiStruct is the award winning integrated analysis and optimization tool that has concept design and design fine-tuning capabilities for structures. Altair provides CAE solutions to Sharda Motors for Durability Analysis. Their challenge was to evaluate the durability of exhaust system components within the given time frame along with high accuracy. To fulfill all their simulation software needs for concept and product design & development, Sharda decided to go ahead with the Altair Suite. Altair HyperWorks gave accurate results and enabled them to achieve the desired product design objectives. It reduced the product development cycle time and improved their productivity considerably.

Through its recent acquisitions, Altair Engineering has built potential areas of synergies where existing technologies, when augmented with acquired technologies, provide customers with end to end solutions in emerging areas of Digital Twin, Machine Learning and more. Altair Engineering brings high value solution and services to clients involved in designing Highly -Engineered products. The company is having more than 2,000 employees and has more than 68 offices in 24 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

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