In October 2018, SimuTech Group President Rick James gave a presentation to NAFEMS about digital twins. We talked with him to get a high-level view of digital twin methodology in the engineering industry. This is the first in a series of posts about digital twin technology, how it’s being used now, why it matters, and what the future will look like.
Digital twins are having a moment.
“Everyone’s talking about digital twin now,” James said. “It’s almost like an echo chamber. And if you look at the Gartner hype cycle, digital twin is right at the peak.”
And the reason everyone’s talking about digital twin? Because it lies at the convergence of economics and technology, James believes. Plus, the required computer software, hardware, and means to capture and transmit the data—all elements required for digital twin models--are becoming more available and affordable. At the same time, companies face ever-present competition to be more efficient economically.
If you’re struggling to complete or figure out the simulation analyses needed for an engineering or design project, if you’re lacking the time, expertise, or personnel time you need, or if you’re simply working on a hot project that needs solving now, SimuTech’s Engineering Simulation Consulting services can help. We’re experts in FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses, so we can help you make your products the best they can be.
How do you go about working with us? Here’s the process:
Contact us for FEA, CFD, and electrical analyses. Your time is valuable, so we aim to return inquiries within 30 minutes.
We’ll set up an initial phone call with you to make sure we connect you with the exact resources you need.
You provide us with your specs: a 3D CAD model or drawings, material properties, and details on the project problem you’re working on—what you’re trying to figure out, the operating conditions, and the loads
We write up a proposal for you to sign. Proposals can be fixed cost/fixed scope, or if you need more of an R&D project, the proposal can reflect time and materials.
You send us a PO.
We get started!
Finally, we provide you a report and other deliverables.
Why choose SimuTech?
We’re engineers first and foremost. Our consultants have real-world know-how—and industry expertise--in the same issues you’re grappling with. Our engineers bring experiences from top companies in many industries: aerospace, automotive, forensics, power generation, water and waste, and more. And we’re ITAR- and CGP-certified.
You’ve heard us talk about Discovery Live, the new ANSYS simulation software that provides engineers with rapid, detailed results while they’re designing, almost in real time. Discovery Live continues to generate buzz in the engineering and testing industries. How does Discovery Live work in the wild? Discovery Live has been used successfully to simulate arterial stents, a high-speed pod, and a Formula SAE electric racecar, among many other products. Watch this interesting three-minute case study video to find out how Discovery Live opened innovation doors for French bicycle manufacturer TIME, helping them make complex design decisions more collaboratively and quickly. SimuTech offers Discovery Live for 30-day trial or purchase . Contact us today and find out how it can improve your design and testing.
Can you share a little about your background, education, where you grew up, what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I was always interested in hands-on activities creating things – woodworking, construction, design, and so on. By the time I was in high school, I knew that I enjoyed math and science, and as I learned about the engineering profession, I quickly zeroed in on engineering as my college course of education.
I grew up in western New York—the Buffalo area—and went to school in northern New York. I graduated as a chemical engineer at Clarkson University, followed up by an MBA at University of Rochester. Because engineering is a way of thinking and looking at problems, I found that this allowed for me to also perform mechanical engineering work. This combination of skills was the technical component of my first job role in applications engineering for ten years.
Ultimately, I found that my biggest contributions resulted from evaluating the impact of work that others produced, or finding opportunities in the marketplace or even internally within an organization…trying to find out what would work, what can we make happen? Where should we invest our time, effort, and resources? This awareness and ability to realistically evaluate business potential eventually lead me to purchase and develop the business of the precursor to SimuTech Group.
Tell us about your vision for SimuTech.
Numerical simulation, and ANSYS software specifically, are the core of our business. The simulation is supported by physical testing where needed to quantify loads and boundary conditions. Every day we give customers our unbiased expertise and opinions to help them design their products most effectively. We partner with clients as trusted advisors, not trying to force one solution—bringing the best of simulation, or physical testing when appropriate, or a combination of both.