Manufacturing companies in today’s competitive global business climate face a seemingly insurmountable dichotomy: the need to develop, produce, and launch more innovative products of increasing complexity in less time and at lower cost while maintaining consistently high levels of quality.
Traditional product development and manufacturing approaches are inadequate for creating increasingly complex products, in less time and at lower cost, without making trade-offs that negatively impact quality. This challenge is driving the businesses towards automating product development and adopting smart manufacturing processes. Best-in-class manufacturers are adding integrated virtual prototyping and simulation technologies to provide higher levels of innovation, automation, and data exchange as part of the move to smart manufacturing. Instead of engaging in repeated rounds of physical testing, manufacturers are leveraging integrated, easy-to-use, and automated design simulation and analysis tools such as those developed by Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp.