Marburg, Aug 29th, 2013 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Showa Corporation, Japanese supplier for the transportation industry with a particular focus on automotive and motorcycle components, selected VI-CarRealTime and VI-Motorcycle, the specialized real-time vehicle simulation and motorcycle simulation environments from VI-grade, as preferred CAE system-level simulation technologies for their product development process. In detail, Showa Corporation has been using VI-CarRealTime and VI-Motorcycle Plus Packages since more than two years to successfully develop new products thanks to the powerful functionalities offered by these solutions.
Showa Corporation widely utilizes software products and professional support from VI-grade in the development process of their new products for the automotive and the motorcycle racing industries, for example new variable dampers, new EPS steering and MOTO GP racing study for motorcycles. Showa has also recently completed with success the development of a new high-performance and low-cost conventional-variable damper component.
“Thanks to the VI-grade simulation technologies, our company could succeed to improve the accuracy and optimize the duration of our development cycles for areas such as steering, damper and drivetrains” said Mr. Hirata, Managing Director of Showa Corp. “Currently, we plan to utilize actual VPG and road load data into our simulation process, maximizing the use of simulation technologies in order to further shorten the development time of our products.”
“We are excited about the cooperation with Showa,” says Shunichi Yamauchi, Managing Director, VI-grade Japan. “The success obtained by Showa demonstrates the efficiency of our VI-CarRealTime and VI-Motorcycle solutions in virtually optimizing the design of transportation components. We are looking forward to further contributing to the success of the Showa development team!”
Showa will offer a special opportunity to demonstrate and present their new products (with particular reference to damper, steering, drivetrain components and to the use of the VI-grade solutions as part of their development process) in Frankfurt, Germany in a hotel adjacent to the Frankfurt Motor Show to be held from Sept 10th to Sept 13th, 2013 (please contact the Showa Germany R&D Center at +49 - 6103 - 3106111 for additional information and to confirm your participation to the presentations)
VI-CarRealTime provides a vehicle simulation environment where the same simplified vehicle model can be used by vehicle dynamics and controls engineers to optimize vehicle and control system performance. The product enables engineers to quickly and easily perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies. VI-CarRealTime is the only real-time solution available in the market that can automatically and seamlessly export a real-time vehicle model directly from ADAMS/Car™. Similarly, VI-CarRealTime also enables to share component property files such as tires, springs, dampers, and bumpstops with ADAMS/Car™. VI-CarRealTime provides validated models which can be used by controls and hydraulic engineers to optimize the controller design based on accurate vehicle performance. VI-CarRealTime can be integrated with Matlab Simulink for controls systems. For further information click here.
With VI-Motorcycle, the specialized simulation environment for motorcycle design and testing, an engineering team can quickly build and simulate a complete parameterized model of a motorcycle in order to select fundamental design options and to explore new functional concepts prior to building physical prototypes. VI-Motorcycle is based on the MSC Adams solver and fully supported by VI-grade developers. It provides common methods throughout corporations and suppliers for modeling and design practices. Due to its scalability and extendibility it can be customized easily in order to fit into the development process. For further information click here.
About Showa Corporation
Showa is a leading supplier of automotive and motorcycle components. Headquartered in the city of Gyoda, Japan, Showa responds to its customer demands with the corporate mission statement, “We target Showa as global trusted company. We will continuously innovate ourselves and provide leading products based on high level technologies and quality to meet users’ needs”. For additional information, click here.