Consumer expectations for home appliances are high: Users demand that a given product will perform day in and day out — and last for many years. Repairs are a major inconvenience, as anyone who has seen laundry pile up while waiting for a service call can tell you. A reputation for reliability is a key product selling point.
Though reliability is king, consumers have come to expect products that are easier to use, are smaller in size but maximize capacity, are packed with value-added features, consume less energy and emit less noise. Comfort, safety and aesthetics round out the list of desirable qualities.
Courtesy V-Zug AG.
Courtesy V-Zug AG.
Whether purchasing the latest color printer or an energy-efficient washing machine, a powerful riding lawnmower or a hot-water-on-demand heater, a consumer has myriad choices. Access to online performance reviews and ratings are easily accessible, and owner opinions are valued above marketers’ promises. A spotty performance or a bad user experience can drive the buyer to your competitor’s product.
It is critical that all possible scenarios for a product’s failure be tested before it goes to market — whether they are mechanical, thermal, electronic, fluid or physics-interactive in nature. The simulation-based design process allows engineers to address what-if scenarios early in the design process. Using predictive analysis tools, designers can evaluate alternatives and refine designs early in the process, when it is least costly to make changes. The need for physical prototypes is also reduced, resulting in a shorter development cycle and a quicker to-market time.
Since appliances are often a major household expense, consumers research cost in tandem with reliability. Leading-edge companies leverage the speed and accuracy of simulation technology to zero in on concepts that will reduce production costs. The less time and money spent on R&D, the lower the cost of the product — a reduction that can be passed along to the customer.
Keeping costs in line, maintaining quality and reliability, and striving for continual innovation are key business drivers. ANSYS tools can help companies meet these consumer challenges in a wide range of subindustries.
- Bathroom appliances
- Kitchen and laundry appliances
- Do-it-yourself garden and power tools
- HVAC appliances
- Motor design
- Office equipment
- Whole-house devices and appliances