Director, Structural & Dynamic Analysis, Cummins
With more than 25 years’ experience in the design and development of IC engines and 15 years’ in analysis-led design tools and methods, Bob Tickel has been at Cummins since 1988. He received his Master’s degree in Engineering at Purdue University in 1994. Currently Director of Structural & Dynamic Analysis, he provides computational analyses for stress, fatigue, thermal, vibration, noise, etc. for various engine product development groups. He also leads cross functional initiatives to develop uncertainty analyses for computational analyses, continual benchmarking projects with other engine manufacturers and industries as well as worldwide applied mechanics functional excellence activities.
Moving from a test centric culture to an analysis centric culture requires the right combination of people, tools and processes. Strong leadership along with appropriate technical skills are needed to make sure the tools and processes are used in a manner that leads to impacting design effectively early and throughout the development cycle. Appropriate and continual development of tools is needed to cover past, current and future potential failure modes as well as in aiding in the development of customer unexpected features that become delighters and future requirements. Deploying optimization tools and methods across the enterprise has been a key enabler for Cummins to continue our analysis centric culture maturation. This presentation covers many of the factors that have led to success in Cummins becoming more analysis led with specific focus on optimization.