Bell Helicopter, Spirit AeroSystems Complete Fuselage Project

Bell Helicopter, Spirit AeroSystems Complete Fuselage Project

In its recent completion of the Bell V-280 tilrotor fuselage, Bell Helicopter/Spirit AeroSystems used HyperSizer from Collier Research to run its sizing, analysis and structural integrity applications.

The software was used to meet the V-280’s aggressive schedule for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator program. The unit’s design and prototype was completed in 22 months and will be used for its flight in the second half of 2017.

In addition to analysis capabilities, HyperSizer also provided the engineers with automated stress-report generation that enabled them to review and vet all relevant data in order to prove-out the structural soundness of the fuselage.

“The design-analysis cycle for a typical aircraft program requires many iterations between the designer (CAD) and the stress analyst. This is a very time-consuming process.The automated analysis tool in our software allows the stress analyst to define the required structural configuration, informing the designer about the best configuration that optimizes the stiffness of the structure,” says James Ainsworth, structural engineering at Collier Research.

For more information, visit Collier Research.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Quocirca Releases Cloud Security Study

Quocirca Releases Cloud Security Study

A recent study conducted by Quocirca states that security is one of the top concerns of organizations when moving to the cloud. However, the study also states that 50% of reluctant companies do have confidence in cloud security protocols.

Cloud businesses tend to have more infrastructure to build secure data centers that are independently audited and do adhere to industry standards.

“The trick to getting your data to the cloud, and all of the advantages it can provide, is ensuring your data integrity during the migration,” says Ed Clark, COO of LinkTek. Clark continued, “One of the hidden or at least overlooked issues during a migration is file links throughout your documents. If those links are broken during the move, user productivity can suffer and a ton of time can be wasted.”

For more information, visit Quocirca and LinkTek.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Arena Solutions Supports IoT Product Capabilities

Arena Solutions Supports IoT Product Capabilities

Arena Solutions, a provider of cloud-based PLM (product lifecycle management) applications, has highlighted that more than 100 customers are already using Arena PLM for incorporating Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities into products.

For products, companies must collaborate closely, create a single version of a product design, easily communicate and visually analyze key performance indicators.

Some current companies using Arena PLM for IoT are i4c Innovations and Totus Solutions.

According to the company, i4c Innovations is improving product cycle time by up to 25%; speeding engineering change order cycle time by more than 75%; reducing scrap rework by up to 50%; and increasing supply chain collaboration.

Totus Solutions, a provider of security lighting systems, is using Arena to accelerate engineering change order by up to 100%; cut scrap and rework in half; and increase supply chain collaboration.

“The Internet of Things represents a tectonic shift for new product possibilities in nascent and moribund enterprises alike. Those who do not draft this movement’s momentum and investigate how PLM can greatly enhance their ability to release high-quality products faster in this newfound and more complex world do so at their own peril,” said Kent Killmer, vice president of Marketing at Arena. “With Arena’s cloud-based PLM, organizations can incorporate IoT into their products, reducing cost, improving quality and collapsing time to market.”

For more information, visit Arena.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

CD-adapco Releases SPEED v10.06

CD-adapco Releases SPEED v10.06

CD-adapco, a provider of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software, has released SPEED v10.06, the latest version of its electric machine design solution. This iteration, the company states, offers more tools for intelligent and automated electric machine design.

Version 10.06 has tighter integration with HEEDS MDO, enhanced design exploration capabilities and a number of refinements and bug fixes. These include:

  • New windage, friction and stray loss calculations.
  • A more user-friendly node distribution dialog in the GDF editor. This enables new node creation on distribution based on actual geometry.

“This release marks a first step towards fully automated multidisciplinary design exploration for electric machines,” said Markus Anders, Electric Machine Sector Manager, CD-adapco. “By providing a closer link between SPEED and HEEDS MDO, we enable our customers to take full advantage of both the efficient design space exploration strategies available in HEEDS MDO and the cutting-edge electric machine analysis technologies they are already using in SPEED.”

For more information, visit CD-adapco.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

National Instruments Releases Automated Test Outlook

National Instruments Releases Automated Test Outlook

National Instruments (NI), a provider of platform-based systems for engineering, has released the Automated Test Outlook 2016. This annual test and measurement report provides key trends expected to impact automated test environments with the proliferation of connected devices, the company states.

Topics included in the report are:

  • Computing: Harvesting Production Test Data Semiconductor organizations pioneer real-time data analytics to reduce manufacturing test cost.
  • Software: Lifecycle Management Is All About Software Obsolescence, OS churn, and compatibility challenge long lifecycle projects — an age-old problem warrants revisiting.
  • Architecture: The Rise of Test Management Software Off-the-shelf test executives are effective solutions for the influx of new programming languages.
  • I/O: Standardizing Platforms from Characterization to Production RFIC companies employ IP (intellectual property) reuse and hardware standardization across the product design cycle to reduce cost and shorten time to market.
  • Business Strategy: Making Waves in Test Strategy Test managers are adopting modular solutions to economically validate high-frequency components.

“As strong advocates for excellence in automated test, we work closely with customers and suppliers to understand the top issues facing manufacturing and test departments,” said Luke Schreier, director of Automated Test Marketing at NI. “Whether your challenge is testing millions of Internet of Things devices or managing a 20-year-old test system, our goal is to spark dialogue within your organization to help you lower the cost of test and stay ahead of your competition.”

For more information, visit National Instruments.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Altair Announces FEKO Student Competition Winner

Altair Announces FEKO Student Competition Winner

Altair has announced this year’s winner for its annual FEKO Student Competition. Ting-Yhen Shih, a PhD student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is being awarded first place for his work on platform-mounted HF antennas.

The competition supports engineering education and academic excellence for students interested in antennas, microwave devices, bio-electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility and other electromagnetic field.

Shih’s entry, titled “Design of Platform-Mounted HF Antennas with Enhanced Bandwidth Using the Characteristic Mode Configuration in FEKO,” develops a method to efficiently approach the bandwidth limitation of a platform mode. This creates new bandwidths that stand-alone antennas were not able to achieve.

“Many antennas working at the high frequency (HF) band tend to have significantly smaller dimensions than the wavelength at which they operate, and, therefore, suffer from narrow bandwidths. Since HF antennas are often mounted on metallic platforms that are physically larger than the antennas themselves, if the platform can be used as part of the antenna, the maximum linear dimension of the antenna can be increased, resulting in an enhanced bandwidth. Our goal was to design platform-mounted HF antennas with enhanced bandwidth using the characteristic mode configuration in FEKO,” says Shih.

For more information, visit Altair.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

Tektronix Releases MDO4000C Portfolio

Tektronix Releases MDO4000C Portfolio

Tektronix, a provider of oscilloscopes, introduced the MDO4000C series of mixed domain oscilloscopes. These devices can be configured with up to six instruments in a single unit including a full spectrum analyzer.

This generation provides a synchronized view of analog and digital waveforms along with RF spectrum traces, which makes it ideal for debugging Internet of Things (IoT) applications. It also has added capabilities such as a spectrum analyzer, arbitrary/function generator, logic analyzer and protocol analyzer. A digital voltmeter is also available with product registration.

Overall, the MDO4000C family has features such as:

  • 20 Mpoint record length, up to 5 GS on all channels, >340,000 waveforms/s capture rate
  • Up to 6GHz spectrum analyzer with better focus
  • Logic analyzer timing resolution down to 60.6 ps and independent logic thresholds per channel.
  • Protocol analysis for up to three simultaneous buses.

“Integrated instruments have proven highly popular with our customers because they can cover more debugging and analysis tasks with a single instrument, allowing them to keep engineering programs on track and get to market faster,” said Chris Witt, general manager, Mainstream Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “The increased performance of the MDO4000C – what we call 6-in-1 plus – makes it the optimal tool for solving tough design problems.”

For more information, visit Tektronix.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.