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PTC, ANSYS bring digital simulation to industrial IoT

William Payne
May 18, 2017

Industrial IoT platform provider PTC and engineering simulation software developer ANSYS have developed a connector to allow ANSYS engineering simulation technology to be rapidly added to applications built on the PTC's ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things platform. The development of a connector between these two technology platforms will allow firms to transform industrial and operational data into new forms of actionable intelligence.

According to PTC and ANSYS, the connector will integrate intelligent digital simulation models with products as they exist and operate in the real world. In a statement, the companies said that this will allow firms to optimize their operations and maintenance and to integrate them into their product development processes.

Simulation helps companies understand situations that may occur -- such as a product failure -- as early as the design phase. Companies can leverage simulation models to generate an initial "as designed" set of expected outcomes or product performance. The results of these simulations can act as a source of data that can be used for supervised machine learning and predictive modeling. The ongoing connection between real-world performance, simulation, and machine learning helps companies make sense of data that can lead to predictive models and a more insightful feedback loop, enabling them to improve product design and modeling.

Simulating digital twins -- combining real-time data about a physical product with an organisation's digital information about the product -- can provide greater insight into a product's behaviors.

According to PTC and ANSYS, the combination of the ThingWorx platform capabilities with ANSYS simulation models will enable companies to deploy applications that can analyze current operating conditions, identify and diagnose operations issues, predict future operating conditions, and improve product performance.

"Obtaining value from the data generated by connected products is one of the primary reasons companies invest in the Industrial IoT," said Catherine Kniker, chief revenue officer, Platform Business, PTC. "Simulation technology combined with machine learning can help Industrial IoT solution builders identify and make sense of the data needed to improve product design and performance -- and develop next-generation products. We look forward to seeing how solution builders will create new value by introducing our solution with ANSYS, a preferred simulation partner, into their applications."

"Many of our customers are looking to digital twins to disrupt their industries by drastically lowering their operating and maintenance costs and by marketing their products as optimized services in real time," said Eric Bantegnie, ANSYS general manager. "By leveraging the solution that ANSYS and PTC will bring to the market, our customers will bring powerful capabilities to new Industrial IoT applications."