THE CHALLENGES FACING THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
The Automotive industrial sector is characterized by the intrinsic complexity of its products, and the continuous need to contain costs within the industry in order to make the vehicles produced accessible to a broader range of customers and to compete with cheaper labor costs in the emerging economies.
The Automotive Challenges
Players in the automotive industry must consider:
- a customer driven market both in terms of pricing and features
- ever more stringent regulatory requirements to improve safety, with the aim of reaching zero accidents and zero casualties when accidents do occur, and the environment with the aim of lowering carbon emissions and increased recyclability of the totaled or decommissioned vehicles
In this scenario OEM car manufacturers are competing based on their ability to best address strategic changes related to the:
- improvement of time-to-market processes for new vehicles that meet their consumer’s demands
- re-engineering of business processes aimed at reducing product development and manufacturing costs
- creation of “virtual enterprises” that comprise the OEM and tier 1 partners, where there is a sharing of risks and economic benefits
Computer-based Engineering in the Automotive Industry
The automotive industry has been using computer-based engineering since the 1980s.
Initially simulations were limited to structural verification of single components, with the first simulations for production processes such as foundry, deep-drawing and plastic molding. Since then, technological advancements have made the computer processing power available at lower costs. This has led to the virtual simulation, of both components and complex systems, with a high degree of confidence, making it an integral part of the product design and development process for both the OEM and tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers to the automotive industry.
For the last several years the industry has been investing in simulation based engineering projects and OEMs and their suppliers are now putting more emphasis on multiobjective optimization.
Today, numerical simulation models are indispensable tools for:
- reducing the time to market and product development costs, especially in the design phase of a product when crucial choices are made and where the subsequent reversal of those choices can prove to be extremely costly
- facing new technological challenges related to:
- the use of new materials such as light alloys, high strength steel, composites and nanomaterial coatings
- new manufacturing processes and joining technologies
- new methane, biogas, fuel cell, hydrogen or electric fuel systems that are either running solely on that fuel or as a hybrid system
- new vehicle architecture for city driving or hybrid vehicles
- optimization, driven by the need for improved components, systems and the entire vehicle – this has inevitably led to the use of numerical simulation in the design phases as opposed to using it just in the verification phase
What can EnginSoft do for you?
EnginSoft has been a player in virtual simulation since its inception. With years of consultancy projects behind it in the automotive industry, EnginSoft boasts a broad range of multi-disciplinary expertise which spans from mechanical and resistance analyses, deformability and durability, crash analysis and ride comfort to the thermal, fluid dynamic, acoustic, electromagnetic and optical fields. Using the best commercial tools for the job, and writing custom routines when necessary to complete the job, we cover simulation and the optimization of the entire production processes.