2019 Prenscia User Group Meeting

April 30 - May 1 | Novi, MI (USA)

Transforming data into decisions

HBM Prenscia is proud to present the 2019 Prenscia User Group Meeting, featuring its leading software brands, nCode and ReliaSoft. This two-day, user-centric event features two dedicated tracks of hands-on workshops and customer presentations that will empower users to address real-world durability and reliability engineering challenges with more confidence. In addition, the UGM will feature the first live demonstration of nCodeDS, a new nCode technology that delivers powerful analytics to convert digitally streamed engineering data into actionable information.

An immersive, two-in-one experience: a co-located event for users of nCode and ReliaSoft software

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Interactive experiences

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops, collaborative group discussions, and explore new software features in our 'think tank' room.
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Technology updates

HBM Prenscia will showcase the latest updates to both nCode and ReliaSoft products. New solutions for efficiently processing huge volumes of sensor data, test design, maintenance optimization, and life data and warranty analysis will be presented.
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Networking

Seize the opportunity to network and learn from other nCode and ReliaSoft users. Share experiences, while expanding your personal network.
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User-led presentations

The highlight of the user group meeting. The opportunity to listen to presentations by users representing innovative companies, best practices, and a broad range of applications.

Final Agenda

New in 2019, the Prenscia User Group Meeting will include a number of collaborative workshop experiences. Attendees will work together in small groups to overcome a provided challenge and will leave with real-world solutions to common engineering problems.

Be sure to join us for the customer appreciation happy hour from 5:00 - 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30!

Select a tab to explore the agenda and register below:
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Join us for registration and networking over a complimentary continental breakfast.
Welcome
Introducing nCodeDS: New Technology for Scalable, Streamed Data Analytics
Break
ReliaSoft Track
XFMEA Risk Discovery Drives System FMEA Plan
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Presented by Mani Vedanayagam, John Deere


John Deere recently used the different XFMEA features within their New Tractor programs to identify High Risk systems/Subsystems. Risk discovery rating was created based on several factors such as New technology, New Application etc. The Risk discovery parameters were modified to meet John Deere’s Risk Assessment needs.

The identified high Risk Systems were marked for detailed analysis and underwent the process for System FMEA. To aid the System FMEA, P-Diagram, boundary diagrams and FMEA block diagrams were utilized to define the overall System. The Design Engineer and Reliability Engineer derived the functions, failures, Cause & Effects from the P-Diagram and FMEA block Diagram/ Boundary diagram. This information was used to prepopulate the sFMEA which was then taken to bigger group for intensive discussion. The Risk Matrix was used to identify Functions with high risks to identify mitigating actions.

The Analysis tool in XFMEA helped was used to facilitate the working meetings.
The Next Generation Simulation Modeling with Process Flow
nCode Track
Virtual Accelerometer on Rigid Body
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Presented by Jim Lakowski, Navistar

Acceleration data is often collected on vehicle cabs for heavy-duty trucks with accelerometers placed at various locations throughout the cab. The center of mass of the cab is of particular interest as is represents a convenient location for computational models. Additionally, the number of acceleration channels collected may exceed the required six degrees of freedom needed to fully define the equations of motion for the cab center of mass. This presentation details a method utilizing the Moore-Penrose pseudo inverse to find a best fit for the cab center of mass to an over constrained set of acceleration channels. This method may also be extended to find accelerations at other locations on the cab, so long as the rigid body assumption is not violated.
What's New in nCode 2019
Lunch with Optional Lunch & Learn from HBM: The Importance of Incorporating Electric Motor Signals into Data
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:10 PM
Lunch & Learn: 12:15 - 12:55 PM
Presented by HBM


Electric vehicles have fundamental differences from combustion engines that require different types of testing. This session will discuss some of the difficulties seen in measuring an electric motor powertrain including: dynamic elements such as inverter switching, changing speed, torque ripple, and complex power systems like hybrids. These phenomena have unique frequency elements and step functions that effect efficiency, durability, and system function.
ReliaSoft Track
Workshop: Comparison of Test & Field Failure Data Using Weibull++
1:10 - 2:10 PM
Presented by HBM Prenscia


Comparing field failures to test data is important to validate testing methods and identify reliability problems early – but how can you accurately identify differences? Attendees of this workshop will learn to calculate reliability metrics using ReliaSoft Weibull++ for both test and field datasets, with a focus on comparison using plotting, reporting and calculation tools.
Break
Weibull Analysis and Zero-time Failures: What Are Your Data Analysis Options?
Effective Implementation of DFR Process with ReliaSoft Software Products
nCode Track
Workshop: Analysis of Drag Race Car Performance Data
1:10 - 2:10 PM
Presented by HBM Prenscia


An instrumented drag car was raced at the drag strip with the goal of improving performance. In this workshop, you’ll navigate the complexities of real measured road load data to quantify vehicle performance and vibration characteristics using nCode GlyphWorks.
Break
Additive Damage Analysis of the Frequency Damage Spectrum
Automotive Turbochargers Aero Acoustic Noise Source Characterization
Using ReliaSoft Desktop and Web Applications to Facilitate Analysis
3:40 - 4:10 PM
Presented by Sam Eisenberg, HBM Prenscia

Implementing ReliaSoft SEP together with other ReliaSoft applications provides convenient, mobile access to key reliability analysis results and helps to facilitate cooperation across different areas of expertise.
Workshop: Durability Testing, Reliability, and Failure Mode Comparison
Closing
Happy Hour
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 AM

Join us for registration and networking over a complimentary continental breakfast.
Welcome
Aqira: Democratization and Application to CAE
Predicting the Fatigue Life of Welds with WholeLife
FEA-Test Comparison with Modal Assurance Criterion (MAC) Analysis
Break
ReliaSoft Track
Integration of ReliaSoft Products into Navistar’s Reliability Functional Excellence
10:50 - 11:20 AM
Presented by Jim Linerode, Navistar

Navistar has been on the Reliability Functional Excellence (RFE) journey for the past two years. RFE is centered around delivering an integrated end to end to support and enhance product development, launch and life cycle management. The first step in our RFE process was to strengthen our risk evaluation process. At the beginning of every new vehicle development program, a collection of new DFMEAs would be either be developed from scratch or existing DFMEAs would be located as a baseline and then modified for the specific program. Developing new DFMEAs for every program which was challenging with aggressive timelines and was not an effective solution to capturing previous knowledge. Selecting existing DFMEAs was also not optimum as the DFMEA quality was inconsistent as there was no defined approval or configuration control process. Additional time was required to clean up DFMEAs or worse, poor DFMEAs were used.

ReliaSoft Synthesis suite was chosen as the software package to drive the connectivity between defining design and manufacturing risks, developing test plans and compiling vehicle reliability predictions. In 2018, Navistar developed a library structure to store DFMEAs from 14 different engineering systems and 100 subsystems, a formal approval process for program and master template DFMEAs, piloted with two programs, developing over 100 program DFMEAs and then formalized XFMEA as the DFMEA tool for the organization. These program DFMEAs are now stored as templates and will be the basis for the next generation of programs, improving the design risk identification while reducing the process time.
Maintenance Optimization Tools in ReliaSoft BlockSim and RCM++
nCode Track
Alternate Procedure to Run A Full Scale Accelerated Fatigue Test on a Rail Car
10:50 - 11:20 AM
Presented by Juan Carlos Valdes, Transportation Technology Center

The performance of an accelerated fatigue test to predict the life of a railcar has been discussed in the past. This type of testing requires a previous structural analysis, instrumentation and an Over the Road (OTR) test to collect all the necessary information needed for the generation of the signals which will be used to drive the fatigue test rig (shaker). The railcar to be placed on the shaker is normally the same car that underwent the described process. There are some instances, however, when the railcar to be placed on the shaker is not the same car used to develop the fatigue input data. The two most frequent scenarios when this happens are that the intended car to be tested is of the same design but a different unit or, that the intended car to be tested is of a similar but not the same, design. This presentation deals with the latter scenario,where the intended car to be tested isa different unit with similar design as the one used during the previous phases of analysis and testing. Given these conditions an alternate approach is necessary to convert the real-time, large data inputs from a previous analysis and testing on a different unit into valid equivalent signals which will be used to drive the shaker while creating the equivalent damage on the car structure, typically allowing the simulation of 30-50 years of service in a 3-4 months accelerated test. This presentation describes the alternate procedure.
Correlation Study of a Commercial Truck Biaxial Wheel Test
Lunch with Optional Lunch & Learn with Brüel & Kjær: Drive the Future: The Benefits of Experiencing NVH Virtual Prototypes with the NVH Vehicle Simulator
Lunch: 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: 12:05 - 12:45 PM
Presented by Brüel & Kjær


Vehicle sound and vibration has a significant effect on the driver's perception of the comfort, quality, and performance of the vehicle, which greatly influences overall satisfaction. Achieving the right sound and vibration for the vehicle is key to the success of the vehicle.

The NVH Simulator technology enables the combination of many types of test and CAE sound and vibration data into NVH virtual prototypes, which can be driven, experienced and understood in the same way the customer will experience the vehicle.
ReliaSoft Track
Workshop: Accelerated Life Testing Analysis Using ALTA
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Presented by HBM Prenscia

With ever-faster product development cycles, companies are becoming more interested in accelerated life testing. Workshop attendees will use ReliaSoft ALTA to analyze accelerated test data and learn how experienced ALT practitioners can improve results by optimizing stress levels and sample allocation.
Break
Innovative Solutions for Integrating Reliability Tools into the Product Lifecycle
How ReliaSoft XFMEA Can Help You Improve Your FMEAs
Workshop: System Reliability Analysis Using BlockSim
nCode Track
Workshop: Fatigue Failures in Test & FE: Are We Speaking the Same Language?
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Presented by HBM Prenscia

What happens when durability failures from the test lab don’t correlate with analytical life predictions? This workshop will highlight the need for effective communication when trying to answer this question: do failures correlate with predictions?
Break
Fatigue Properties and Analyses of Short Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Materials and Structure
Fatigue Analysis for Lightweighting
Workshop: Material Selection & Fatigue Performance of a Wind Turbine
Transition Break

4:30 - 4:35 PM

Brief transition between presentations

Improving Reliability through Warranty Analysis
Closing

Venue information

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave,
Novi, MI 48374

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