In today’s fast-paced world of engineering product development, companies in diverse industry sectors face many business drivers and structural constraints. For instance, in today’s fast paced world of continually accelerated product development cycles and increasing amounts of data, engineering analysis not only needs to be accurate but also timely. Engineers today no longer do product development analysis in “silos” but rather work in integrated multi-disciplinary product teams that span the globe many times. This leads to a myriad of issues, from errors being introduced into the design due to miscommunication and data transfer to intellectual property management concerns. Finally, product development teams need to produce integrated products that comply with various regulatory mandates and customer safety quality standards. If these regulatory standards are not actively managed, costly product recalls and compliance audits could follow.
While companies are facing these challenges, engineers are spending an increasing amount of time managing the environment in which engineering analysis is done rather that engineering the product. For instance, engineers spend considerable amounts of their time in meetings explaining to other engineers, some who may be at the other end of the globe, what their analyses meant and their design intent. Moreover, when miscommunication does occur, errors are introduced into the designs leading to costly redesigns and product release delays. A recent study by Federal Highway Administration, suggested that the longer an error goes undetected through the product development lifecycle the cost of fixing this mistake increases exponentially.
To overcome these challenges companies need to think innovatively and streamline their product development processes to allow engineers to spend more time engineering and less time managing the context in which engineering analysis is done. The common language of engineering is mathematics, and Mathcad is a unique software tool because its design understands that engineering analysis does not occur in a vacuum.
To address many of the above challenges Mathcad introduced several capabilities that make it the premier engineering math and calculation software in the market today. For instance, Mathcad introduced a 64-bit architecture with a multithreading option to allow multiple calculations to run in parallel. This allows Mathcad to speed up computational performance when handling large data sets and matrices. To address communication and regulatory compliance issues, Mathcad introduced a document-centric framework with comprehensive support for units, whose natural math notations allow engineers at one side of the globe to understand what another engineer at the other side meant. This means engineers spend more time engineering and less time explaining to each other their analyses. The results are faster product development design cycles and less engineering mistakes reducing costly redesigns and product recalls.
Mathcad’s flexibility and the diversity of engineering problems it can tackle had led to its use by engineers in a variety of disciplines and industry sectors. From electrical engineers doing circuit design for a chip manufacturer in the high tech and electronics sector to mechanical engineers addressing vehicle suspension issues in the automotive sector, Mathcad’s easy to use yet powerful architecture with over 600 functions under the hood has been the solution of choice for 21st century engineers. In fact, today Mathcad can be found in the hands of mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineers in industries as diverse as Aerospace, Industrial, Life Sciences, Architectural and Energy sectors to name a few.
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