There is nothing worse than missing out on a benefit you could have received. From not taking advantage of cash for clunkers to trade in that old pinto to not getting that free gym membership from your company. No matter what the benefit, if it's there you should try your best to get it.
I'm an evangelist of Simulation. I think simulation provides massive benefits for companies, from lowering costs to improving products. After many customer conversations, visits to companies, and training follow ups, I have discovered many companies are not seeing the full benefits. That's a problem for me!
Here are the main culprits:
- Lack of awareness. You can't benefit from what you're not aware you own.
- Lack of knowledge. You can't benefit from something you don't know how to use.
- Lack of implementation. You can't benefit from something that's not part of your processes.
If none of these are holding you back, be proud, you are a champion of simulation. I'd appreciate hearing your story, email me at email@example.com.
For everyone else, here are the corresponding solutions:
- Talk to your manager about software assets the company has. If (s)he's not sure, dig deeper, talk to IT or if you have to contact your SOLIDWORKS Reseller. If you are the manager, call a meeting of your team to make sure everyone is aware of what is available to them. A reminder from time to time is a great thing especially if staff changes regularly.
- You don't know, what you don't know. Take the self evaluation determine your level of knowledge with simulation. Download Sim Knowledge Evaluation. If any of the categories are lacking for you, you may need a training class.
- See the big picture. Easier said than done. Bringing in a new technology and seeing all the applications is tough. Graphics Systems can do an assessment for you as far as who can benefit the most and where simulation should be used in the processes throughout your company.
Number 3 is the worst culprit here. Many companies miss out on the opportunity of upfront design evaluations as well as combining FEA with physical experiments to discover non-intuitive insights. Innovation happens this way!
There is a research paper on combining experimentation with FEA that can be found here. In this case. It relates to biomechanics, but the ideas can extend to any field.
If you want to maximize your company's benefits, I'm always available for a conversation. It's my job to help you find the applications of simulation and what you stand to gain from its usage. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, feel free to reach out.
Note: I don't charge and I won't bite. I want to educate people on how to make the most of what they have and be the best at what they do.
By: Brandon Donnelly, Simulation Applications Engineer