Automation and customization capabilities are becoming one of the most important trends for CAE industry, allowing to fulfill some important needs like improving productivity, increasing value-added time and establishing best practices. The state of the art to meet these requirements is the usage of dedicated applications, also called “verticals”, which enable end-users to save time by automating repetitive tasks, as well as to capture best practices and to manage complex processes with simple, user-friendly interfaces. Within the LMS CAE development suite Virtual.Lab one could already create MS Visual Basic scripts and stand-alone executables, by either programming or macro journaling, where different expertise levels of VB programming were required depending on the complexity of the desired application.
A new solution, called LMS Virtual.Lab Composer, takes it even further: it dramatically improves the development process of verticals by providing dedicated MS Visual Basic controls which allow non-expert users to easily build dedicated applications without need of any extensive programming knowledge. Two examples of verticals created with Virtual.Lab Composer for different multi-body technology based applications are shown in this paper: LMS Driving Dynamics for vehicle’s driving dynamic assessment and a tool for engine mount suspension design.