CIMdata Publishes “Simulation Management: A Vision of PLM-to-Simulation Workflow Supported by Customized Software Modules”

Research highlights the body-in-white analysis and how conduction and CFD link together seamlessly at Daimler AG.

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 6, 2012 — CIMdata, the leading global product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm announces the publication of a new paper that highlights the body-in-white analysis and how conduction and CFD link together seamlessly to target a reduction in turnaround time and an increase in the number of simulations.

The vision and implementation of integrating a simulation management system into a PLM environment at Daimler is now mostly in place. Customized add-on modules for the simulation make it easier for a non-CAE or -CFD expert to perform the work. PLM/XML provides the foundation to drive the data across the whole process. Geometry and material data are imported into the system, and temperature results and the recommendations for placing thermocouples for physical testing are generated. The results are extraordinary as the level of simulation is second to none.

This report is based on a presentation made by Thomas Walker, Manager of CD-adapco’s CAE Custom Tools Worldwide Engineering Services, at CIMdata’s PLM Road Map conference in the fall of 2011, with added participation by Walter Bauer, Manager of Vehicle Thermal Management at Daimler AG.

“Simulation Management: A Vision of PLM-to-Simulation Workflow Supported by Customized Software Modules” is available for download at:


About CIMdata

CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic management consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding in 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM enabling technologies.

CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at or contact CIMdata at: 3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-1957; or at Oogststraat 20, 6004 CV Weert, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0) 495 533 666.



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