For years manufacturers have relied on physical testing of their products to ultimately prove the readiness of that product for full production startup. While testing has provided these companies with confidence in their product’s ability to perform as planned, it also presents challenges in terms of time and cost. Physical testing is an expensive and time-consuming process which places additional strains on today’s global competitive pressures.
Because of these issues many companies have dramatically reduced the number of physical tests which has caused the need for an equal and opposite reaction in the area of simulation. The simulation workload for many of these companies has accelerated exponentially while at the same time they are looking to keep from expanding or even reduce their simulation headcount. With current analysts already working at maximum capacity there is virtually no way to overcome this dilemma without bringing automation into the equation. As products are validated using simulations (rather than testing), a comprehensive analysis and review of the simulation results is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the design validation process.
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