Simulation in the PLM Single Digital Thread
Product lifecycle management, also known as PLM, incorporates data, users, business processes, and software in one cohesive system to allow remote teams with differing roles across various stages of development to effectively collaborate and innovate using one, integrated system for information management. As analysts and design & engineering managers try to navigate the challenges of their organization’s information management, simulations and simulation data need to be centrally managed as a vital component of a company’s product lifecycle management strategy.
Managing a cohesive product lifecycle information system requires a single digital thread, which is a communication framework that integrates traditionally siloed elements in product processes, giving an integrated view of an asset throughout its lifecycle. This, in turn, requires a PLM solution capable of managing this entire system lifecycle. This digital thread should most importantly reflect your organization’s reality, as no two digital threads or product lifecycles are the same.
Your PLM-integration tools should seamlessly and efficiently work across disciplinary boundaries, blurring the lines between systems modeling, design, and analysis, while also capturing a complete, accurate, traceable, and configuration-managed digital record of a product as it evolves. By adding an integration platform or middleware application, your organization can more easily manage the data complexity and information flows involved in product development.
Emergence of Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM) within the PLM Framework
Although PLM has been frequently used in industry since the mid-1980s, simulation inputs, data, and processes have not often been managed in the digital thread until recently with the emergence of robust standalone simulation process and data management (SPDM) functionality built into PLM systems and released as standalone SPDM solutions. In engineering, the design exploration and validation process is heavily reliant on simulation, requiring the right tools, proper levels of automation, and access to the right sets of design data. The ability to retain and manage all of these factors within one system creates “one source of truth,” which is rarely achieved when these factors are maintained within organizational silos outside of a PLM system.
While simulation becomes increasingly regarded as a vital component of product innovation, it can still create a process bottleneck without the proper tools and direction. For example, analysts working with obsolete data or outdated results may come to erroneous conclusions, resulting in defective products. Additionally, mismanaged or conflicting simulation information can cause people in roles like program management to struggle with visibility and insight if simulations are only able to be generated and interpreted with the help of an experienced analyst. As the number of simulations regularly being performed grows exponentially, there is also the risk that teams will become overwhelmed with the vast amounts of data being generated in different phases of product development.
Therefore, modern PLM and SPDM integrations need to be capable of adapting information flows across individual technologies, versions, and organizational changes, while also providing quick visibility for all stakeholders involved.
Rescale Integrates with Leading PLM and SPDM Platforms
To help assist your organization with these challenges, Rescale offers extensible simulation product lifecycle management integrations that support continuous system exploration and validation, allowing your organization to identify, work, and innovate within its unique system properties and behaviors to attain more efficient information management.
Rescale Compass Services, our top-echelon engineering services and domain-expert team, can assist you with your computational pipeline by helping your organization connect to a diverse technological ecosystem including the management of simulation processes, data, tools, and workflows throughout your product’s lifecycle.
In just a few clicks, Rescale makes it easy to run, analyze, and manage simulation jobs from leading PLM and SPDM systems like Siemens Teamcenter, Ansys Minerva, Aras Innovator, and others. With our integration tools, you will have access to dozens of hardware architectures and Rescale coretypes across all major cloud providers in one place, with no queues and with job sizes up to thousands of cores and beyond. Additionally, all users get full-stack security and compliance through Rescale infrastructure, including in-built E2E encryption, HIPAA compliance, AICPA certification, and ITAR/FedRAMP options.
How to Get Started with Rescale
We look forward to showing you how using a Rescale-integrated PLM/SPDM solution can help your organization increase R&D efficiency. By using one of our extensible integrations, you can easily manage your product’s lifecycle with full visibility, control, and security, while taking advantage of Rescale’s wide selection of cloud-based hardware architectures and coretypes within your own system.