Pumps are pervasive and play an important role across many industries and in our daily lives. They have been around for a long time, when you consider that the Archimedes screw dates back over two thousand years. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles, from heart pumps that measure only millimeters in size to large pump-turbines that measure meters in diameter. Some pumps are custom- engineered and very high-tech, such as those used for liquid rocket propulsion, nuclear submarines or power plant applications. Many others are regarded as a commodity items, although that view is changing, as we shall see. Some estimate that pumps consume as much as 10% of the electricity generated worldwide. Continue reading
In his recent blog, my colleague Todd McDevitt described how engineering simulation is a multiplier of top line growth. That reminded me of an article I read recently by McKinsey & Company arguing that we continue to live in a business world of “grow or go,” i.e., adapt or die. I have unashamedly borrowed the title of that article here, with due thanks to the author of the original. Continue reading
Advanced simulation tools are essential for contemporary and competitive product design. But it is the assembly of these tools into an effective, automated design system that gives leading companies an additional advantage. One such company is Denmark-based Grundfos, one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers.
Grundfos estimates that pumps currently account for 10 percent of the world’s total electricity consumption. This fact provides ample incentive to improve pump efficiency, given the current drive for energy efficiency and reduction in carbon emissions. Grundfos produces pumps for a wide range of applications: circulator pumps for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry as well as pumps for water supply, sewage, boiler, and other industrial applications and for inclusion in the equipment of other OEM’s. With such a broad line of products, it is clear that there is plenty of potential for putting an automated design loop system to work. Continue reading
Around the world, businesses, no matter what the industry, are facing similar challenges:
- Customers demand compelling products delivered on more frequent cycles.
- Products have become a complex mixture of mechanical, electrical and embedded software systems.
- Global markets offer more opportunity, but also more competition.
To remain competitive, companies must deliver innovative products to market faster and at a lower cost. But the pressure to innovate more quickly and move even faster is relentless. Simulation has long been a valuable tool to verify designs and reduce testing, saving both time and money, but using simulation towards the end of the product design cycle is no longer sufficient. Continue reading