Simulating Smart Medical Implants for the Medical IoT

Digital health technology is taking the healthcare industry by storm and is expected to reach $233.3 billion by 2020, driven particularly by the mobile health market. Connected medical devices and associated services offer safer and more effective healthcare through real-time monitoring of patient adherence, disease state, and procedure recovery. Examples include pill bottles that remind patients when it’s time to take a medication, watches that monitor heart rate and automated insulin pumps that monitor and respond to blood glucose levels. Each of these rely on the premise that early detection of an emerging problem enables a preemptive treatment response, maximizing the chances of successful treatment in the most cost-effective way.   Continue reading

ANSYS Student in a Browser Powered by Frame and Microsoft Azure

Last year we announced ANSYS Enterprise Cloud, a complete end-to-end solution for medium-large enterprises, that is currently available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) with plans to support other public cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure & Google Cloud, in the near future. While our ANSYS Open Cloud Strategy™ is hardware agnostic, giving our customers the option to use their hardware of choice (e.g. private/on premise cloud, public cloud, cloud hosting partners), this is not the only characteristic that makes our offering unique.

We designed our cloud offering to address a complete spectrum of pain points and needs, without forgetting our small-to-medium-sized business customers or the young students that embrace computer-driven engineering simulation for the first time. Continue reading

New Jobs at ANSYS for this Week

jobs at ansysHere are the current new jobs at ANSYS for this week.  If you are looking to find a new and challenging position, we may have it listed here for you.  Nothing here to fit your skill set? Check out our careers page. All of our current openings are listed there. Fill out an application and apply today. We only accept applications via our on-line careers site. Continue reading

Creating a Digital Twin of a Pump

Read any industry publication today and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic.Talk about how products will be connected to each other and interact with users on different levels is everywhere. But is all of this really  possible? Will we see this type of connectivity and interaction any time soon? Gartner, the technology research company, says that there will be 6.4 billion connected devices this year, and many of these will be in the industrial sector. What advantage does this connectivity bring — digital twins, predictive maintenance and predictive analytics. Continue reading

Using Simulation to Address MEMS Design Challenges

When I think of the Internet of Things, I mostly think about the sensors and MEMS devices that make it all work. These tiny devices, often just a few micrometers to a millimeter across, see, hear and measure their immediate environment, either continuously or when asked, triggering an action or recording the data and sending it someplace else. MEMS sensors include gyroscopes, accelerometers, micromirrors, and tiny pressure, humidity and temperature sensors. Just in my immediate vicinity, there are MEMS sensors in my fitness tracker, smart phone, laptop and electronic kettle. MEMS sensors are integral to Connected Soldiers and Connected Cars. Continue reading

ANSYS and Carnegie Mellon University Partner to Drive Industry 4.0

CMU PR logoThe best thing we can do for today’s college students is to prepare them for the real-world challenges they will face upon graduation. For engineering students, ANSYS has long been involved in this process through internships, co-op education opportunities, and promoting the use of our software solutions as learning tools in undergraduate and graduate courses at universities around the world. Today we are excited to be taking another big step along this path by announcing a very special partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and its College of Engineering. Continue reading

It’s a Bird! It’s a Drone! No, It’s a Bag!

OK, apologies for the Superman theme in the title but I could not resist after watching this clip of one of the more innovative uses for a drone.

images of a droneI am sure you are aware of the rapidly growing market for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and drones. They are in the media almost every day for one reason or another and you may even have bought one for your kids (or really yourself and are just using the kids as an excuse).

On a more serious note, there have also been quite a few headlines of drones in near misses with commercial aircraft and much speculation about what might happen if contact was to occur. To begin to understand some of the factors that might influence what happens in various drone strike scenarios, one of my colleagues, Alex Pett, undertook some preliminary, proof-of-concept-type simulations. The simulations are preliminary and no concrete conclusions can yet be made, but it does show how simulation can help in this very complex area.

Video: Courtesy Alexander Pett, ANSYS UK Ltd

For many though, it is not a question of “if” a collision between a drone and an aircraft will happen, it is a question of “when.” In April, the pilot of a British Airways flight landing in Heathrow reported that his aircraft was struck by an unmanned aircraft. But this has subsequently been played down and it may now have been a plastic bag, not a drone, that made contact with the aircraft.

However, whether or not is was a drone, the incident continues to raise the serious concern regarding drones and their safe use.

And the safety of drones is not just about where and how high they can be flown. It also has a lot to do with their design and construction. For example, the rotor blades on many quadcopter designs are driven to high speed by powerful motors that in the wrong situation could do a lot of damage.

In the light of this interest regarding both the rapid development of the drone market and the concern over the trade space between performance and safety, I’d like to let you know about a webinar we are holding with Aviation Week on June 16th.

ansys webinars this weekThe webinar is titled Engineering Drones: Challenges and Opportunities and I am also very pleased to say that we will have a guest speaker, Trey Kasling, the CEO of a drone startup company Kasling Aircraft,who will be sharing his perspective not only on the drone market but how simulation can be used to develop safer drones and how drones can be used to excite young people about the world of engineering. I hope you can join us.

ANSYS Webinars in June

ansys webinars this weekComing up during the month of June, we have a great line-up of ANSYS webinars covering topics around the internet of things, sports, healthcare and more.

I’d also encourage you to check out our face-to-face seminars coming to your local area.  Check our full Events Calendar today.

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Top 5 Engineering Technology Articles This Week

Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include robots that can feel pain, 3D printing pharmaceuticals customized to patients and an ingenious public transportation solution. Have a great weekend!

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Design of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – A CPS Approach

An automobile is the biggest and most complex connected device used by consumers today. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is one of the fastest growing automotive applications. Stringent government requirements on automotive safety, fuel consumption and technology-focused consumer preferences are fueling the growth of ADAS. Driven primarily by safety, ADAS capabilities were first implemented in premium vehicles as key differentiators to enhance the user experience and protect the vehicle and its occupants. It started with features like parking assistance, adaptive breaking systems (ABS), adaptive cruise control and tire pressure monitoring. Continue reading