What will the optimum engineering process look like in 2024? New market requirements ensure that software providers specialising in computer-aided engineering (CAE) are constantly developing their products. The tools of the leading providers are improved year after year in order to offer the smoothest possible switchgear planning. But what are the most important trends that will characterise the CAE year 2024? And will artificial intelligence also establish itself in this area? We take a look into the future.
The new year is here and perhaps some of us spent New Year’s Eve wondering what 2024 will bring. We can’t predict the future in general. However, we can provide a brief outlook on the technology trends that will characterise computer-aided engineering in the coming months. We have summarised the three most important trends in the field of CAE tools below.
CAE needs automation
The requirements for the level of detail in planning and documentation are constantly increasing, while the complexity of projects is also constantly growing. This, coupled with the increasingly noticeable shortage of skilled workers, is becoming more and more of a challenge. The solution is automation. One example: the modern engineering process requires a move away from manual searches for individual data records. Instead, the trend is moving towards being able to obtain the required data directly from the manufacturers in the software solutions.
Continuous CAE processes
A stand-alone application for each process step, frequent jumping back and forth between the different windows of the individual solutions and switchgear planning characterised by interruptions are no longer up to date. The market demands a complete and well-rounded system that covers all modern engineering requirements. In future, CAE software whose individual tools are closely interlinked and thus offer a consistent process will be competitive. The AmpereSoft ToolSystem has followed this premise since its first release. Today we are presenting the EngineeringFlow, which will continue to be an important competitive advantage in the future.
Interface openness for external systems
However, it is not only the processes within a CAE tool that need to merge smoothly. Electrical engineering today faces the challenge of incompatibility between the applications used. While the simple and reliable exchange of information is already the norm in many areas of everyday life, this has not yet been the case here. 2024 will therefore be a year in which the interface openness of CAE tools for cross-system integration will be of unprecedented importance.
Artificial intelligence in CAE tools
Artificial intelligence, the hype topic par excellence, also plays a role in the future of CAE tools. We are currently focussing on the question of where it can be used in data processing and how it can significantly accelerate maintenance processes and improve their quality. This involves automated assignments, value determination and checks. In future, tools such as MatClass will indicate when new items have been described and evaluated differently to previous ones. The more data is available, the better this machine learning works. The dissemination of ECLASS with its precise and detailed data, which AmpereSoft has been committed to for many years, is crucial for this. And so ECLASS is also one of the most important trends that will have an impact on CAE in 2024.