We’ve discussed the need to simulate a full system quite a bit in this blog over the years. The need is clear: as products become smarter and more complex, component or sub-system simulation alone isn’t sufficient. As automobiles become computers on wheels, as your mobile phone has more compute power than the desktops of only a few years ago, there are new ways for products to fail. In other words, systems safety and reliability analysis is more critical than ever.
ANSYS has built an industry-leading systems simulation offering. Organizations use our comprehensive simulation platform for in-depth engineering development of hardware, electronics and software intensive systems and components. To bolster that solution, ANSYS has acquired Berlin-based KPIT medini Technologies AG, a leading provider of systems safety and reliability analysis solutions.
Medini’s products help customers streamline, expedite and automate key system engineering processes involving functional safety, reliability engineering and quality analysis. These include hazard analysis and risk assessment, failure mode and effect analysis, fault tree analysis, and hardware, electronics and software safety analysis. These methods have been around for decades, but the innovation here is the orchestration of all these mature approaches in a model-based way. The key properties that drive these methods become an integral part of the architectural and design models of an automotive system model and accordingly safety and reliability become key viewpoints of such models.
Working together, ANSYS and medini products will enable customers to manage system engineering processes, as well as perform in-depth sub-system and component engineering development, in a single comprehensive platform, and achieve functional safety, reliability and quality targets faster and cost-effective way. This will enable companies to more effectively manage their system engineering processes, as well as to perform in-depth sub-system and component engineering development in a single comprehensive platform – achieving functional safety, reliability and quality targets faster and more cost-effectively.
Our customers tell us that over 70 percent of 3-D and system simulation runs are done to eliminate failure modes of components and systems. While medini products help document and exhaustively analyze failure modes and their effects, the seamless integration of both aspects will provide a powerful integrated systems safety engineering environment.
Exciting new developments such as smart energy systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, adaptive driver assistance systems and, more globally, the automotive industry’s journey towards autonomous vehicles, create unprecedented opportunities but also enormous engineering challenges to overcome.
The combination medini’s best-in-class systems safety analysis solutions with ANSYS’ unique 3-D systems simulation platform will bolster our customers’ endeavors – and help them to differentiate their products in a highly competitive marketplace.