Every day we hear about a new internet-enabled product — or two, or three, or a dozen. Consumer products are increasingly more connected including appliances, automobiles and traditional electronics like smartphones and tablets. In the industrial world, factories, aircraft, distribution facilities, power plants and many other things are being monitored by sensors and communications networks to provide feedback on production, maintenance and efficiency. Importantly, these devices collect data that allow manufacturers to understand how products are used so that they can develop better things that more closely fit our needs. Engineers designing smart, connected products need to address competing and complex challenges, including size, weight, power, performance, reliability, durability. For example, engineers may need to design reliable sensors, high-speed communication and networking equipment, or supercomputers that process vast amounts of data. How can designers ensure that their products will work flawlessly in the real world?
This issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine features a wide range of companies who have overcome challenges in developing the things for the Internet of Things (IoT). They have all used engineering simulation.
Wired into Health: Cambridge Consultants uses ANSYS software to model body variations and simulate antenna performance for implantable medical devices.
Quantum Leap: A quantum computer developer reduces processor temperature to near absolute zero with the assistance of multiphysics tools.
Ruggedized Systems: Cool and Collected: To meet demanding military specifications for a rugged chassis to contain electronic equipment, Kontron uses sophisticated thermal simulation to balance size, weight, power and cooling trade-offs.
As usual ANSYS Advantage contains articles that cover a wide range of industries including aerospace and defense, high-tech, automotive, sports and much more. Whether you are deeply involved in developing products for the IoT, or taking your first steps, the lessons learned by these organizations can help you improve your products.