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Overview of Modeling Success Stories at Kimberly-Clark

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243523D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-29
Document File: 32 page(s) / 17M

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Christopher M Pieper: AUTHOR

Abstract

Twenty years ago, Kimberly-Clark (KC) successfully diapered its first virtual baby using Abaqus finite element analysis software. Since this time, numerous products and machine components have been studied and improved using predictive analysis simulation tools. Over the years, improvements in simulation codes, hardware, modeling practices and strategies allow predictive simulations to provide growing business impact. Using simplified human models, we can predict how a personal care product will perform in use. Similarly, virtually evaluating and evolving designs allows us to minimize the need for multiple generations of physical prototypes saving both time and money. This presentation will highlight several specific examples that illustrate how adding simulation to the design process helps KC to get better products to market faster. Simulation value is further improved by providing realistic visualizations of simulation results and managing software costs. For example, we have enhanced our software portfolio by utilizing open source software to provide value added functionality including SLURM to manage cluster job queuing Blender to bring simulation results to life. Simulation quality and value is further enhanced by utilizing simulation process and data management (SPDM) to provide standardized processes and allow management and reuse of simulation data. This presentation also highlights our efforts to provide an increasing benefit while managing costs combine to maximize simulation value delivered. By combining timely and accurate simulation predictions to provide growing benefit and managing costs by streamlining and standardizing processes and optimizing software portfolio, KC is realizing growing business value from simulation.

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Overview of Modeling Success Stories at Kimberly-Clark

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About me…

Chris Pieper

cpieper@kcc.com

28 years at Kimberly-Clark

25 years focused on computer simulation

Technical Leader in the Corporate Mathematical Modeling Team

NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee

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Agenda

Introduction

Product/Body Interaction

Virtual Prototyping

Blending CGI and Simulation

Conclusion

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Our Businesses

Consumer Tissue

K-C Professional

Personal Care

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We focus on providing branded, single-use products in four business areas:

  Personal Care

  Consumer Tissue

  And away from home and in the workplace through our K-C Professional business.

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Corporate Research & Engineering

 

Consumer Tissue

 

Personal Care

 

CR&E

 

K-C Professional

 

Mathematical Modeling Team

 

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Mathematical Modeling Team

Our Motto:

Success thru Simulation

Our Vision:

See the unseeable, test the untestable and predict the unpredictable!

How we work (internally)

  Brand Driven (Customer at the center of everything we do)

  Projects defined in a “Scope of work” Document

  Business Opportunity

  Financial Impact

  Deliverables

  Timeline

  Documentation of work / Knowledge capture

 

Articulate Value of Simulation

 

Increasing Speed & Value

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Scope of Work Doc key fields:

Brand or Parent Project aligned too

Key Insights & Rationale

Bus. Opportunity / Financial Impact

Modeling Objective

In/out of Scope

Success or Decision Criteria

Approach

Deliverables

Risks

Resources (People / $$$)

Timing

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Our Infrastructure

Linux Cluster (740 cores)

Remote Desktops/Virtual Machines

SLURM (job manager)

Combination of commercial, in-house and open source software

Simulation Process/Data Management (SLM)

  Process standardization

  Data traceability

  Reuse of simulation data

  Facilitates collaboration

  Democratization of simulation

Small Team:

(10 Analysts)

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Product/Body Interaction

       
   

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Targeted Results

 

Old Possible: Trial and Error development based on human use testing (noisy results, many uncontrollable sources of variability)

New Possible: Simulated product testing provides specific results (i.e., stretch, contact pressure) allowing strong comparisons of design variables.

Technology Development: Improved realism via improved material models, improved analysis techniques and more thorough validation.

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