• user Amol Patil
  • July 13, 2021

Automation and its impact on the CAE profession

<div class="text-justify">Automation is a buzzword now-a-days in any industry. The question is: how does it impact professionals in the process of developing better products? Will automation reduce job opportunities for engineers, and how will it change job profiles? These are key questions that need to be discussed from different angles. <br/><br/> Let's take these questions in the context of CAE (CFD and FEA) simulation process automation. CAE simulation has been part of the industry for the last 3 decades and focus has been shifting more towards automation. <br/><br/> <img src="/media/blog/blog2_1.JPG" alt="Blog image"> OEM companies allocate a certain budget to the CAE simulations department for hardware, software and human resources. CAE teams carry out the simulations required for their new product design, design improvement, etc. The CAE team needs to provide simulation results to their design team in time, otherwise their recommendations are not useful for improving the product. The design team can’t embed any new suggestions at the last moment after starting manufacturing. <br/><br/> In summary, the following constraints are faced by every CAE team in an OEM company: <ol type="1"> <li>The need to give timely feedback by running multiple simulations (for optimization) to the design/manufacturing team.</li> <li>The need to work with available/limited hardware/software/manpower.</li> </ol> When faced with these two constraints applied to any CAE team, organizations double down on traditional, often manual simulation processes. However, the current standard practice here, in which automation is often not an option, reveals certain limitations, tending to bog down valuable analyst manpower, leaving gaps in efficient hardware/software use, all without helping to get quality results to design teams in sufficient time. <br/><br/> In contrast, if we automate the CAE simulation processes then it will give the following benefits. <br/><br/> <ol type="1"> <li> More simulations (design optimization) with available resources. </li> <li> Timely feedback to design/manufacturing team. </li> <li> Consistent simulation results from one run to another, from one location to another, from one engineer to another.</li> <li> Less dependency on physical prototype testing. </li> <li> No non-value addition tasks for analysts like geometry clean up, manual meshing, reapplying simulation attributes etc. </li> <li> Analysts can focus more on the product development, design optimization etc. More job satisfaction for analysts.</li> </ol> Point 1 - 3 help organizations to develop better products and bring them to the market faster. Point number 4 will save on cost for organizations, and ultimately increases the design/manufacturing team’s confidence in and dependency on the CAE simulation team. Point 5 increases job satisfaction for analysts and allows them to spend their time where it matters the most (selecting better design, improving product design etc). This ultimately helps the organizations to stay competitive in the dynamically changing market, which leads to an increase in current resource utilization. Due to reduced cost and increased dependency on the CAE team, the top management may like to increase the resources (hardware/software/human) for the CAE team to support showing good results. Overall, automation in the CAE profession does not hurt job opportunities. Rather it removes the bottlenecks from the processes, which helps to increase the current resource utilization and can even add more resources to the team. <br/><br/> To know how to automate CAE processes in a better way, please visit <a href =https://www.novusnexus.com >www.novusnexus.com</a>. Our flagship product CAENexus helps to automate the CAE simulation process in a much effective way with our unique abstract modeling technology. Our CAE services help customers to do simulations faster and in a cost effective way <br/><br/> Amol Patil <br> Director, Novus Nexus <br> Simulate better with <span class="blue-text">us</span>.<br> <a href =https://www.novusnexus.com >www.novusnexus.com</a></div>
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