MATHEMATICS, SIMULATION AND MODELLING
24 June 2013
Munro and Associates
The Altair Partner Alliance is now offering the complexity management tool, Design Profit, from Munro and Associates.
Design Profit assists product design engineers by exposing waste and risk in their designs so that they are able to make educated decisions to reduce design complexity and weight for downstream stakeholders.The product is applicable across industries including aerospace, automotive, marine, consumer goods, defence, industrial, and medical. It is most beneficial to companies that want to reduce waste and lower costs of developing and manufacturing products.
'Design Profit adds a comprehensive set of tools that are advantageous for designers striving to optimise their manufacturing processes,' said David Foreman, vice president of Munro and Associates. 'Lean design is an emerging capability that offers vast benefits as far as cost savings and efficient product development to the end users, which will now include those who are members of the APA.'
Starting out in design for manufacturability and assembly, Design Profit uses symbols in a simple and methodical process to model a product or process. The model conveys design and manufacturing complexity in a visual and easy to understand format.
Design Profit allows the user to see the big picture overview in terms of cost, time, quality, material, weight, investment, and return on investment (ROI) along with many other critical data points. Ultimately this allows designers to have a deeper understanding of the product’s lifecycle design costs as a whole, both currently and in the future. Embedded images, videos, documents and notes also help illustrate and retain product information.