Safer Products Use Digital Engineering & Agile Processes

This free webinar will show how PLM and digital twins can help manage the safety-critical elements of a product when combined with real-time data analytics.

CIMdata Webinar for September

CIMdata Webinar for September

ANN ARBOR, Mich.Aug. 9, 2022PRLog — CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, “Safer Complex Products use Digital Engineering and Agile Processes.” The webinar will occur on Thursday, 8 September 2022, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

Product complexities are increasing as they become more computer controlled, with some emerging automation. Digital engineering can assist operational feedback for faster, higher-quality product development and manufacturing. PLM and digital twins can help manage the safety-critical elements of a product when combined with real-time data analytics. The use of the Digital Twin after mass production is not discussed as much as it should be. In 2021 CIMdata presented the idea. Here in 2022, we continue the discussion, especially around assuring safety.

The historic validation processes driven by manufacturing robust, durable products are being augmented, even expanded, by the inclusion and expansion of applications that change after the product is in the customer’s possession. Product complexity is proportionally increasing with more embedded electronics and application software. Managing the risks within field upgrades can be improved with PLM, digital twins, and real-time data analytics. This webinar will show how effective data analytics combining digital twins (managed in PLM) with experience measures (IoT in the operations) will improve product safety.

Attendees at this webinar will:

  • Learn how and why CIMdata’s PLM definition covers the complete lifecycle, including operations.
  • Understand more about PLM market growth in electronics design, modeling, simulation, and foundry certification.
  • Understand how an operational digital twin can contextualize data, making validation manageable.
  • Learn why organizations need to change as products become services and how PLM can ease this evolution.

According to Craig Brown, a CIMdata Executive Consultant and the host for this webinar, “Based on CIMdata’s 2022 market research, electronics design and features authoring, realized mostly with embedded controls software, continues to lead revenue growth across the PLM solution providers. OEMs must make sure their products continue to remain safe with upgrades. It is possible product safety will improve as new usage scenarios are understood, and upgrades are identified to improve a product’s ability to handle these newly discovered usage scenarios. This trend will continue to increase as features are realized with more software, with upgrades throughout the lifetime of a product.”

This webinar will interest anyone who needs to understand how PLM will help improve product safety or who strongly needs to assure product safety relies more on computer-based methods and tools to assess and ensure robust product operations. Solution providers looking for the framework to help product developers manage the complete lifecycle will also find it helpful.

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Canada – Building safer communities: Minister of Transport orders measures to further reduce the risk of serious rail accidents   

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that communities across the country are safe and secure. This is why we are putting in place measures to protect all Canadians who live and work along rail lines and reduce the risk of serious accidents.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued two Ministerial Orders, under the Railway Safety Act, to further reduce the risk of uncontrolled movement of rail equipment. These orders are prompted by the uncontrolled movement of a Goderich-Exeter Railway train, which led to a derailment in Goderich, Ontario, on February 1, 2021.

The first Ministerial Order requires the railway companies to implement specific procedures that must be followed by their locomotive engineers to prevent the uncontrolled movement of railway equipment due to an unintended release of the train’s air brakes. 

The second Ministerial Order requires that the railway industry add an additional layer of defence to prevent the uncontrolled movement of railway equipment by proposing amendments to the Railway Locomotive Inspection and Safety Rules and the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) for the Minister’s approval. The amendments will include:

improving performance standards for locomotives equipped with roll-away protection, which is a feature designed to apply the air brakes when movement is detected; and,
clarifying the definition of an ‘unattended train’ under the CROR, for more consistent application of the rule.

These Ministerial Orders build on significant work that is already being undertaken by the railway industry to develop and implement performance standards for locomotive roll-away protection.

Railway company operations require hundreds of thousands of rail car movements every year as goods are transported from producers to market.

Both Transport Canada and the railway industry have been working together to implement measures to strengthen train securement requirements and reduce the risk of the uncontrolled movement of railway equipment.

In October 2020, the Minister of Transport put measures in place for railways to adopt new practices for their employees to follow, designed to prevent uncontrolled movement while conducting switching operations and to ensure that equipment is properly secured in this process.
In April 2020, Transport Canada approved a new Rule 66 of the CROR, to help ensure that effective safety procedures are applied to all trains that come to emergency stops on steep grades. This change to the Rules puts into place additional permanent layers of defence to secure attended trains and prevent an uncontrolled movement on both heavy grades and mountain grades.

Maintaining a safe, efficient and reliable rail system is key to the continued success of Canada’s economy.

“Building safer communities and protecting Canadians who live and work along rail lines is a priority. The majority of uncontrolled train movements take place in rail yards where the risk to the public is lower, but they can still be serious, especially for railway employees. These Ministerial Orders improve rail safety by requiring that additional layers of defence be put in place to prevent these kinds of accidents.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Symposium for Safer Roads and rectification of Black Spots

A symposium on “Safer Roads/Blackspots and discussion on Plan for Rectification of Black Spots during Next One Year” was organised by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in two sessions on 3rd & 4th February at Media Centre of Transport Bhawan, New Delhi.

Keeping the health safety concerns related to COVID-19 pandemic, the sessions were organized in hybrid mode where nine distinguished panelists representing government, academic institutions and consultants and about 20 participants joined physically and about 850  participants joined online.

Secretary Road Transport & Highways, Shri Giridhar Aramane inaugurated the symposium on 3rd February 2021. During his inaugural speech, he emphasized the need to be proactive and design roads in such a way so that accidents do not happen due to road engineering features and in case due to change in ground scenarios some road sections become vulnerable, an immediate intervention be made to save precious human life and resources. Director General Road Development Shri I. K. Pandey also endorsed these views during his keynote address and asked the participants to be vigilant on ground. He also advised all Regional Officers of the ministry that while inspecting the National Highways, they should look into the safety concern on the roads other than National Highways, make note of such issues and send it to the concerned State authority for their action. All the distinguished panelists further enlightened the participants on safety audit, design aspect of junctions, Expressways, hill roads, proper signages and safety ranking of the roads.

Unlike  Road Safety Week every year, the Ministry is celebrating Road Safety Month this year from 18th January 2021 to 17th February 2021. During this period many events are being organised to review the progress made and to evolve new strategies for reduction in road accidents & fatalities.