Improve profitability by reducing product delays and engineering costs

Your customers demand connected, intelligent, almost instinctual electronic products to enable their work and delight their senses. Yet, delivering these products by multi-disciplinary mechatronics design teams requires extraordinary coordination of systems, electronics, mechanical, and software engineering. The development environment requires more than simple product lifecycle management tools. Diverse engineering work must be intelligently captured, coordinated, and shared in real-time with easy-to-understand and use interfaces. Different design goals, best practices, terminologies, specifications, and schedules must all be efficiently managed.

Smarter, Faster, Lighter integrates key design enablement solutions to provide a structured, integrated, yet flexible and modular collaborative development experience that ensures each engineer is 100% aware of their colleagues’ work with minimum effort.  It helps accelerate product development cycles and minimize engineering costs, while improving product development capacity.

Smarter, Faster, Lighter Industry Solution Experience Benefits:

  • Increase innovation potential by exploring substantially more design alternatives
  • Minimize development time with up to 40% gains in design-engineering iterations
  • Better control (of ) modification cost at any project stage
  • Facilitate collaboration with your supply chain while preserving Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Intensify IP sharing and re-use, to continuously deliver successful products

Increase product value by improving customer feedback implementation

Smarter Faster Lighter Traceable Requirement Management enables organizations to improve their overall global requirement management process by capturing, delegating, tracking, and verifying requirements so the final design reflects the voice of the customer.
With Traceable Requirement Management, Companies can reduce development costs and rework by explicitly linking customer requirements, engineering specifications, and final product capabilities. New products gain improved customer loyalty and market leadership.

Key Highlights & Benefits

  • Enhance market penetration
  • Improve traceability of complex, detailed requirements throughout the product lifecycle
  • Reduce the risk of introducing deviations or omissions during the requirement definition phase to improve Product quality

Smarter, Faster, Lighter’s Systems Architecture Design & Simulation solution formalizes, shares and manages a unified, cross-discipline electronics system development process. A cascaded Requirements, Function, Logical and Physical (RFLP) specification methodology is used. It captures customer needs and technical requirements with complete traceability across product definition and establishes the product’s functional, logical, physical and testing requirements.

With Smarter, Faster, Lighter’s Systems Architecture Design & Simulation solution Engineers can model and validate system behavior to enable design optimization, concept dimensioning, and multi-discipline interface management. With early and comprehensive validation, systems innovative designs can be produced faster and with fewer costly late-cycle change orders.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Reduce product development cycle time
  • Improve product performance
  • Model-based systems engineering
  • Reduce R&D and engineering cost

Manage part reuse and variants to accelerate time to market and lower manufacturing cost

Smarter, Faster, Lighter Component Supplier Management enhances the ability to reuse parts specifications and to improve part modification processes. Business rules related to part qualification and development can be defined to assure consistent information capture and task execution across teams and projects. Design, testing, manufacturing, purchasing, and quality control teams can collaborate more efficiently without relying on complex, rigid workflows.

By implementing integrated part development processes that connect all key stakeholders, high-tech/electronics companies can ensure product and component compliance, while enabling “Design Anywhere, Manufacture Anywhere” agility and savings. Focus is expanded from managing internal costs or external prices to a complete understanding and management of all cost drivers across the value chain. Part reuse is maximized and part modification workflow is streamlined to help lower time-to-market and manufacturing costs.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Master components supply complexity while achieving economies of scale
  • Accelerate and improve end-to-end IP qualification and certification
  • Maximize IP reuse
  • Improve design to cost capability
  • Foster real-time collaboration across the enterprise

Reduce NC programming time by automating the machining process

Smarter Faster Lighter Concurrent Hardware Design provides an integrated mechatronics-oriented systems innovation approach. It helps break down the silos between engineering areas by synchronizing mechanical and electronics development around a unified product experience definition. Companies can manage multi-discipline collaboration and master the complexity of mechatronics design while reducing the risk of costly late-cycle design changes.

With its advanced Rigid Flex Circuit Board modeling capability, Concurrent Hardware Design is ideal for the development of mobile-connected devices. Dramatic new experiences can be designed right the first time, within existing budget and resources.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Master end-to-end processes and data through a unified system
  • Improve cross-discipline design efficiency
  • Increase real-time collaboration across the enterprise
  • Minimize costly late cycle design issues and changes

Reduce product returns and warranty costs with improved virtual testing

Smarter Faster Lighter Product Testing & Simulation give companies a deeper understanding of the product behavior in less time than physical prototyping . Unlike other existing CAE solutions, it allows CAE and Systems co-simulation within the system level assessment.

Accurate multi-disciplinary system models can be created early during the concept design stage. The system behavior can then be simulated using these 1-D models, and various system parameters can be improved to meet performance targets. 3-D multi-physics simulations can be conducted to further fine-tune different components before creating prototypes for physical testing, reducing the overall product development time and cost while helping to ensure product quality and innovation.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Accelerate design decisions and get products to market faster
  • Improve product performance and reliability
  • Reduce the need for physical prototypes through virtual testing and lifecycle prediction
  • Detect problems early in the design process

Automate creation of images and animations for product documentation

Smarter, Faster, Lighter Product Documentation & Communication solution automatically converts 2D and 3D design and specification information into images and animations for use in documentation. Documentation creation is simplified with less text, yet more easily understood with graphical and interactive representation of manufacturing and service processes.

Easy to learn and intuitive to use, this solution provides an unmatched toolset for developing and deploying stunning illustrations and animations to support a wide variety of product communication needs. This allows product deliverables such as documentation, animated assembly instructions, interactive maintenance applications, and sales and marketing collateral to be produced more efficiently and communicate product information more effectively.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Improve documentation effectiveness
  • Reduce dependency on text to describe complex attributes, capabilities and operations
  • Reduce manufacturing, service and user errors that arise from poor documentation
  • Speed time to market by accelerating documentation delivery
  • Automate documentation creation

Reduce time to market with early optimization of product manufacturability

Smarter, Faster, Lighter Final Product Assembly solution lowers the time and cost to manufacture new products by providing an automated feedback process from manufacturing engineering to product engineering. Product attributes that have potentially high manufacturing cost and time to manufacture can be flagged and recommendations for improvements can be included as part of a new product’s requirements.

Concurrent product and production line development is enhanced through improved cross communication and fewer unexpected changes. Prodution planners can automate the conversion of product specifications into work instructions for the shop floor.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Lower manufacturing set-up time and costs with design-for-manufacturing methods
  • Reduce cost and time for products, tooling & equipment prototyping
  • Accommodate unexpected changes in market demand and supply chain performance

Integrate issues, defect, and change management data

Smarter, Faster, Lighter Issue, Defect & Change Management helps ensure the integrity of all reported electronic component issues and defects, while accounting for all changes required to fix each problem in a product’s lifecycle. With Issue, Defect & Change Management, all product development stakeholders can raise and resolve issues, regardless of role or location. All issues are identified, assigned to owners, tracked (reported upon), and resolved in a seamless, common platform. To keep the entire enterprise synchronized, issues can spawn formal change processes for engineering and manufacturing.

Any intellectual property, whether stored in a legacy PLM system or other application, can be identified as an affected item of an issue or a change. In order to reduce change cycle time, suppliers and customers can participate in the issue and change management processes as required.

Key Hightlights & Benefits

  • Gain an end-to-end process from issue identification to defect resolution
  • Generate detailed impact analyses for efficient correction strategies
  • Streamline the correction process while respecting the structure of the affected product
  • Match the dynamic and structured correction process flows to user roles and team structure
  • Centralize all issues in one system, follow their resolution and assessment, and continuously improve your process