ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the latest version of its multi-domain simulation platform, Visual-Environment 11.5. ESI Visual-Environment manages simulation processes in a single unified environment — from pre- and post-processing to meshing, viewing results, automating tasks – across multiple domains.
By relying on a single core compute model, Visual-Environment eliminates tedious data exchange, hence helping industrial manufacturers reduce product development cost and time. The latest version Visual-Environment 11.5 now supports Modelica®-based systems modeling and simulation, and virtual product assembly. Meanwhile, the new ESI-Player application enables engineers to visualize their ESI result files anywhere at any time.
Venu Kommanaboyina, Section Manager at Renault Nissan Technology & Business Center in India, comments: "The implementation of CAE automation with Visual-Environment platform in RNTBCI enables drastic reduction of manual effort in all operation activities by 90%. It also enables quick turnaround as there is no lead time between pre-processing, solver run, post-processing and report generation. In addition to direct benefits like cost savings, it minimizes human error and enables engineers to concentrate on improving vehicle performance without considering underlying CAE technology, as the technology is standardized and controlled centrally by dedicated CAE experts. The platform Visual-Environment makes possible easier data, knowledge and technology management. Using the same integrated framework, ESI’s concept of Virtual Integration Platform provides RNTBCI with many opportunities in knowledge-based engineering and data mining."
In Visual-Environment 11.5, the system modeling and simulation module based on Modelica® enables systems modeling architects and engineers to manage the traceability between requirements and models, and to virtually connect complex systems, accounting for different physics.
Visual-Environment 11.5 integrates the Modelica® Standard Library and is compatible with third party libraries and ESI specific Modelica® libraries. Users benefit from advanced functionalities enabling the storage and management of mechatronic models, control models and data across organizations. Systems engineers can thus work collaboratively to successfully manage emerging programs, as well as ensuring consistency and maturity of the technologies in place.
Also new in ESI Visual-Environment 11.5 is the integration of a module dedicated to manufacturing assembly: Visual-Assembly. By taking into account manufacturing effects upfront in the design process, Visual-Assembly enables the prediction of Stamp-Weld Assembly simulation chains to control and validate distortion and product performances. Benefits of this new solution include reduced costs in both design and manufacturing by dramatically reducing physical prototyping and testing, while guaranteeing quality achievements.
To complement this release, ESI launches ESI-Player: a new, light application for Windows, iOS mobiles and iOS tablets. ESI-Player enables engineers to easily share simulation results across multiple teams and different devices. ESI-Player Windows version can be downloaded from ESI’s customer platform, myESI, while the iOS app can be downloaded from Apple’s AppStore.