What is the best way for engineers to manage multiple design criteria, impacted by multiple physics, yet still meet deadlines, cost targets, and quality requirements?
Tech-Clarity’s eBook, How to Engineer High-Performing, Quality Products without Extra Cost, examines this question. The eBook shares findings based on the results of a survey of 272 manufacturers. It also examines the reality today’s engineers face, and the variety of factors they must consider.
The results show that exceptional engineering is critical to the success of today’s products. At the same time, this is driving product complexity. As products continue to become more complex, it becomes even harder for engineers to make the right design decisions. Interestingly, Tech-Clarity research finds that Top Performers are 2.2 times more likely than Others to have effective processes to understand trade-offs and optimize products. A key differentiator leading to their success is their ability to simulate multiple physics. Top Performers are 89% more likely than Others to find analyzing multiple physics makes design decisions easier. The research identifies more details about what Top Performers do differently and the benefits they enjoy as a result.
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Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- What It Takes to Succeed
- What Holds Engineers Back?
- Consider the Variety of Engineering Problems
- Better Insight Early on Will Improve Products
- Identifying Top Performing Companies
- Make Design Decisions Easier
- Benefits Regardless of Product Complexity
- Benefits of Analyzing Multiple Physics
- Best Practices for Multiple Physics
- Access What You Need, When You Need It
- Recommendations and Conclusions
- About the Research
Engineering Is Critical to Success
With global competition and an uncertain economy, companies face significant pressure to develop the right products. To attract customers, engineers must balance numerous criteria, often conflicting, to meet product requirements for quality, reliability, innovation, and performance. They must assess the impact of an assortment of complex materials, components, and subsystems and evaluate how they will perform in a wide range of scenarios. Missing the mark can put market share at risk.
Navigating this complexity is no small feat as it requires a deep level of expertise. The sheer variety of physics involved make it incredibly difficult for engineers to confidently make decisions. Personal experience simply isn’t enough. In fact, 67% of survey respondents say complexity has grown over the last five years, and 44% find it has gotten even harder to make critical design decisions. Yet, Top Performers are 58% more likely than their competitors to be confident in their decisions.
Despite complexity, Top Performers are 2.2 times more likely than Others to have effective processes to understand trade-offs and optimize products. A key differentiator leading to their success it their ability to simulate multiple physics. Top Performers are 89% more likely than Others to find analyzing multiple physics makes design decisions easier. Even those developing simple products reveal simulating multiple physics helps them become more competitive.
Recommendations and Next Steps
Based on industry experience and research for this report, Tech-Clarity offers the following recommendations:
- To win over customers, ensure engineers are empowered measure KPIs and make the right design decisions that will lead to high quality, reliable, innovative, top-performing products.
- Recognize the variety of materials, components, and subsystems engineers must work with and analyze in the context of the entire product.
- Empower engineers to solve a wide variety of engineering problems while considering the complexity of the components and materials involved.
- Simulate multiple physics to get a more accurate and realistic insight into product performance.
- Ensure design engineers have access to the simulation licenses your company has so that they can simulate a variety of physics.
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