Leveraging Past Product Performance Knowledge

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Leveraging Past Product Performance Knowledge


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(Note: This broadcast is part of the NAFEMS vendor series that allows various solutions providers the opportunity to deliver technical information to the NAFEMS community. NAFEMS does not endorse any vendor, but tries to provide an unbiased view of the marketplace.)

Managing Simulation to Improve the Product Development Process

- Dr. Keith Meintjes, GM

Automotive companies are faced with relentless competition, higher customer expectations, globalization, and increasing government regulation. The result is intense pressure on the product development system, to bring better products to market in less time.

The response must be a comprehensive strategy that focuses on product performance vs. requirements, and on knowledge reuse.

This presentation will focus on product performance in relation to the management of simulation data to improve product development.

Leveraging Past Product Performance Knowledge Shortens Time to Market

- Mr. Chad Jackson, Aberdeen Group

Manufacturers are primarily managing product performance data to meet shrinking development schedules. Aberdeen’s, study discovered that top performers are able to get an average of:

  • 1.1 physical prototypes
  • 1.9 rounds of testing
  • 2.8 more simulations than their competitors
  • Save between 14 and 109 days in time to market.

Get the competitive edge by optimizing your product development with enhanced data, information and knowledge management efforts. This study recognizes the customary challenges faced by manufacturers and benchmarks best market practices in product development. Weigh up your market position and bridge the gap to be a top performer. Take advantage of this opportunity. Discover how your company can become Best in Class.

This $399 report is free for a limited time.

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Welcome & Introduction - Mr. Matthew Ladzinski, Director of North American Operations, NAFEMS

Managing Simulation to Improve the Product Development Process - Dr. Keith Meintjes, GM

Leveraging Past Product Performance Knowledge Shortens Time to Market - Mr. Chad Jackson , Aberdeen Group

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About the Presenters

Keith Meintjes, Ph.D., GM - Technical Fellow

Keith Meintjes, Ph.D., GM - Technical FellowSince 2001, Dr. Keith Meintjes has managed GM's CAE Infrastructure Group, which defines requirements, and approves IT solutions, for GM's global simulation community. Keith began his GM career in 1980 at GMR&D, where he developed methods for computer simulation of fluid flow and combustion. In 1990 he joined GM Powertrain as one of a team whose mission was to deploy CAE technology, and to redefine the powertrain engineering development process.

Keith has authored numerous publications on CFD methods for combustion simulation, and has two patents for engine design. He is an active member of the CPDA Design Simulation Council. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Keith also holds an MA, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, both from Princeton University.


Chad Jackson, Aberdeen Group

Chad Jackson, Aberdeen GroupWith products increasing in technological complexity, manufacturers struggle with the best practices to efficiently operate, manage, and support design processes and organizations. Chad Jackson is researching the dynamic and evolving intersection of these issues in product development.

This ranges from understanding the impact of bringing dramatically different design cultures and communities into closer collaboration, to the changes and integration of cross domain design processes as well as the use of technology throughout the product development process.

Chad has a strong product management background in the Enterprise Software industry. He worked previously at a leading MCAD and PLM vendor, PTC, for over ten years. There he investigating end user needs, and developing releases plans and go-to-market plans for several different software product lines. He brings a combination of industry experience, analytical skills, and end user perspective to Aberdeen.