Cloudification of 
Production Engineering
 for
Predictive Digital
Manufacturing

Exp. 1 - Optimizing design and production of electric drives

Experiment Partners

Hanning Elektro-Werke

Linz Center of Mechatronics

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Description of the SyMSpace Center

Experiment description

On this Experiment, LCM sets up simulation models for prototype electric motors including electromagnetic, thermal, mechanic and other aspects using LCM's system modeler SyMSpace which is running in the cloud environment. SyMSpace then finds the best-suited motor configuration using its genetic multi-objective optimizer. At the end of this process, the necessary production data is automatically generated from the model.

Technical Impact

Using SyMSpace in the cloud environment provides the user with sufficient calculation power even for extensive models and deep optimization runs (up to 15.000 individual simulation cycles) - on demand and on pay per use basis.
Due to the streamlined process without human data handover, Hanning can process a prototype request from design to optimization to production data in very fast time. The target is to get the finished prototype within 5 working days.
The challenge for the ISV is to improve the simulation models for interfacing with the manufacturing processes including the external suppliers of the prototype materials.

Economic Impact

Thanks to high performance cloud computing and simulation, in this project LCM further develops SyMSpace solution towards improved electrical drives design. From a business point of view this allows LCM to ensure to its end-user increased product quality, product flexibility, and reduced design to production time from more than one month to less than one week. With such level of innovation potential, the new solution has the potential to scale up quickly in Europe since several companies are already competing in this market. A market analysis demonstrated that more than ten companies in EU (e.g. Faulhaber, Maxon, Emerson, etc.) are addressing the electrical drive design market in more than thirty application areas (automation, aerospace, automotive, consumer, etc.). With such a strong value proposition SyMSpace may scale up quickly being a valuable offer also for other companies in the very same segment. In the short them the experiment is expected to allow LCM to increase turnover by more than 350’000 €, to hire 5 more FTE and to improve customer satisfaction up to 50%.

Electrical Machine Prototype.

Exemplary electrical machine model geometry which serves as one of the model inputs.