Marburg, Oct 30th, 2014 –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 of components for the automotive and motorcycle industries, developed a high-quality steering simulator model, connecting it with the VI-CarRealTime and VI-GraphSim software solutions on RedHawk technology. In detail, Showa will utilize this advanced simulator to evaluate the performance of electric power steering (EPS) systems in early stages of the development process, conducting subjective tests and control parameters identification on different roads and tracks.
Showa Corporation widely utilizes software products such as VI-CarRealTime, VI-Motorcycle and VI-GraphSim as well as 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.
“Thanks to the VI-grade simulation technologies, our company could succeed to develop an advanced model for steering simulation that was successfully presented at the last edition of the Japanese SAE Exhibition in May 2014” said Mr. Hirata, Managing Director of Showa Corp. “We are confident that this new simulator will highly contribute to optimize the duration of our development cycles.”
“We are happy to report that our long-lasting cooperation with Showa lead to yet another exciting piece of technology based on our products and services,” says Shunichi Yamauchi, Managing Director, VI-grade Japan. “This demonstrates the efficiency of VI-CarRealTime and other related products in contributing to the virtually optimization of the design of transportation components, such as steering. We are looking forward to further contributing to the success of the Showa development team!”
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.
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”.