Enabling Simulation in the Automotive Supply Chain for SMEs

Through DETC’s collaborative research and development funding, DETC2 2017 competition winners Axillium Research and TotalSim Ltd have launched a new project called ESIM to produce a PAAS (Platform As A Service) software, which is defined, regulated and driven by OEMs. This software will enable SME manufacturers in the automotive sector to utilise simulations in their supply chain, something they currently do not undertake due to barriers of cost and complexity.

By enabling simulation in the supply chain, the project will create a step change in product development processes; it will drive innovation, improve product quality, reduce development times and cost, and increase profit margins. The benefits of using simulation throughout the product design process have been widely recognized. [Aberdeen Group, June 2010, Impact of Strategic Simulation on Product Profitability.]

TotalSim has been developing a toolset called Bramble for managing CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations in the cloud. Bramble is a framework that allows non-CFD experts to upload CAD (Computer Aided Design), run simulations and view flow metrics and visualisations. For the ESIM project, TotalSim will create four applications using the Bramble platform for partner SMEs helping them to unlock the power of simulation”, said Ivor Annetts, Projects Team Leader, TotalSim Ltd.

Helen Corney, Director, Axillium, said “We are excited to be a partner in the DETC2 funded ESIM project and add Axillium’s expertise and insight to the product. Enabling SME manufacturers in the UK to start utilising the simulations throughout their supply chain is rewarding, and it will benefit the UK manufacturing industry. In future the Bramble platform has the potential to be marketed abroad and to become the industry standard tool for automotive Computer Aided Engineering applications.”

The ESIM project runs until February 2019. The four applications are being created over this time, one every three months from April 2018.

About Axillium:

Axillium Research is a UK innovation, insight and investment consultancy focusing on Automotive, Aerospace and Defence sectors’ Research & Development. Axillium’s unique knowledge of and relationship with industry, academia and government, along with their ability to connect partners and find new approaches, enables them to build relationships, crossing technology barriers and setting the scene for successful delivery.

Helen Corney
Axillium Research
Tel: 01327 703350
E-mail: helen.corney@axillium.com

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