Model Based Engineering (MBE) places the development of virtual products on a completely new footing. It is used to formalize the practice of system development through the use of models. Next to other established technologies, such as MCAD, ECAD and EDA, system- modelling plays an especially important role.
Furthermore, MBE has the task of formally describing the specifications of to-be-developed technical systems and must be able to reuse a lot of information from the specification phase, over the entire lifecycle. With this method, it is possible to achieve the required consistency of engineering
In context, MBE stands, among other things, for System Modelling Language (SysML), 1D simulation tools (such as, Modelica and MATLAB/Simulink), as well as the integrated management of this data with established PLM systems. Here, it is necessary to differentiate between the integration of management in a PLM system and transformations that allow the system to transform information out of the system model into other digital models. For example, MCAD after the installation description or after 1D simulation in order to safeguard features, through virtual tests early in the development process.
Behind MBE is the vision to create a consistent, integrated system-landscape for engineering. We call this the Fully-integrated Model-Based Engineering Environment (FIMBEE). This concept connects the author system of early product development phases and the engineering system with existing and later phases, such as discipline-specific development (MCAD, ECAD/EDA), or platforms for 'The Internet of Things'
XPLM currently offers a consultancy service in these areas, and will, in the near future, also offer subsequent integration and transformation solutions.