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Altair has worked with LG Electronics (LGE) to create an integrated drop-test simulation automation system that enables LGE engineers to conduct smartphone drop-test simulations within 24 hours — a procedure that normally requires one to two weeks for companies across the smartphone industry.

By using Altair’s Hyperworks suite of computer-aided engineering tools — including Hypermesh for pre-processing, the Radioss solver, the Hyperview post-processor and its embedded automation framework — the Altair-LGE team was able to automate many of the time-consuming manual tasks associated with finite element analysis (FEA) modelling, analysis setup and post-processing to carry out drop-test simulations.

LGE has adopted the drop-test simulation automation system for ongoing smartphone designs and plans to use it on its all future smartphones, also employing Altair’s Optistruct tool to optimise the designs of the phones for cost and reliability.

Altair anticipates that this automated drop-test simulation process could produce similar results for the design of other types of consumer electronics.

Key benefits of product application

  • Molly Heskitt, Altair’s senior director of global electronics and consumer goods, said: ‘This automation system addresses major challenges of the electronics industry: time to market, innovation and cost.’
  • The automation system is also said to shorten product development time, lower development and warranty cost and leave more time for design, all resulting in a better phone.
  • Engineers can use the time freed up by the drop-test simulation automation system to explore more iterations of the device’s design to develop a more robust and innovative version.
  • With the ability to access and test more impact scenarios quickly, LGE expects its warranty costs to be reduced, as its optimised smartphones will be more resistant to damage from dropping.

Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering is a leading global product design, consulting and commercial software Company that allows businesses to synthesize and optimize designs processes and decisions for improved business performance. Altair provide services such as product engineering, industrial design, technical staffing, Hyper Works solutions, and analytics solutions by consistently delivering a competitive advantage to its clients across industry.

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair has more than 45 offices in 24 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

With a 30-year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, on-demand computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defence, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the life sciences, financial services and energy markets.

Altair’s design suites impact product design from the earliest conceptual design stages through product performance optimization. It has resulted in products that exhibit minimum weight and outstanding performance in industry leading timescales. Altair has pioneered simulation-driven technologies to generate innovative design solutions for our clients:

HyperWorks is a simulation platform for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture computer-aided engineering solutions in the industry, HyperWorks allow businesses to create superior, market-leading products efficiently and cost effectively.

solidThinking is an Altair wholly owned subsidiary that creates, develops and markets technology that helps the design community bring the most desirable products to market faster. Products include Inspire, to explore structurally efficient concepts, and Evolve for modeling and rendering.

PBS Works is a suite of on-demand, cloud computing technologies that allows enterprise clients to maximize their ROI on computing infrastructure assets. PBS Works is the most widely implemented workload management environment for grid-, cluster- and on-demand computing worldwide.

Altair ProductDesign is a global product development consultancy of more than 700 designers, engineers, scientists, and creative thinkers. This organization is best known for its leadership in simulation-driven design to help clients bring innovative, profitable products to market faster.

Altair’s patented on-demand software licensing system leads all software business models in providing both value and flexibility. Our centralized unit-based licensing model means multiple users can access our software anytime from anywhere. Software customers can run multiple applications across all of our technology suites simultaneously for a flat rate, rather than paying for each license in use.

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