Marburg, March 17th, 2011 – VI-grade GmbH, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Randon, one of the largest private companies in Brasil and de-facto market leader in the field of transportation, selected the VI-grade suite of railway solutions, based on VI-Rail.
The company, that owns the most complete line of equipment for the transport of cargo by land, with its towed vehicles (trailers and semi-trailers), rail cars and specialty vehicles and operates in the segment of automotive components and systems, will use VI-Rail to design, validate and optimize the virtual behavior of complete railway vehicles for the Brazilian railway network.
“We are excited about the technology offered by VI-grade for the railway industry,” says Celso Santa Catarina, Technical Director, Randon. “We have become one of the major suppliers to the rail transportation market in Brazil and, as part of our overall company strategy we intend to develop a methodology which involves virtual prototypes and tests as part of our product development process. In this sense, we have recognized the competitiveness of the VI-Rail solution, that will be instrumental to accomplish our goal of becoming the reference for the research, development and manufacture of new vehicles in the field of domestic railway transportation.”
“Rail transportation represents a growing market in our country and we are honoured that an important reference such as Randon has selected Multicorpos as strategic partner for the implementation of a complete virtual prototyping process,” says Alvaro Costa Neto, Managing Director, Multicorpos Engenharia. “We have a long tradition in multibody dynamics and, through our skilled engineering department, a profound understanding of railway dynamics which we are using to develop a specific VI-Rail toolkit based on the Chapter XI regulations that allows the customer to easily verify the AAR acceptance criteria on a battery of vehicle models based on parametric freight bogie templates. We are looking forward to supporting the local railway industry with our skills and competences in simulation software and services.”
“We are happy to report our first commercial success through Multicorpos in the railway industry,” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-Grade. “This demonstrates the efficiency of our commercial strategies in the Americas region, that relies on a network of experienced and respected resellers. We are looking forward to a continuous a fruitful collaboration in Brasil!”
VI-Rail is the specialized railway simulation software from VI-Grade. VI-Rail enables to quickly build a complete, parameterized model of a new railway vehicle, easily define its suspension, wheelset, wheel-rail contact, and other vital characteristics. Running through a battery of simulations it is possible to determine the vehicle’s stability, derailment safety clearance, track load, passenger comfort, and more. The performance of a railway vehicle design can be optimized virtually in the computer, before cutting a single piece of metal or running a single physical test. VI-Rail users can instantly see the effects of design changes on railcar performance in high-speed animation, easily detecting component interferences, excessive wear, instability, and performance limitations. Users can also plot key parameters in graphs to compare results from different designs. For additional information, please click here.
Randon was founded 1949 in Caxias do Sul, RS, Brazil and is today a global reference that maintains strategic partnerships with world-class companies and exports to all continents. Randon is among the largest Brazilian private companies, being the leading company in most of its business segments, and is part of Level 1 of Corporate Governance of Bovespa (Stock Exchange of São Paulo). Vision and knowledge led the company to produce one of the broadest product portfolios for commercial vehicles in the world, meeting the needs of the road, rail and off-road sectors. The company pioneered the segment of trailers and semi-trailers in Brazil, grew focused on its business, took advantage of market opportunities to diversify and innovate, always offering high-technology products and investing a relevant part of its revenue in the development and qualification of people, technological upgrading of machinery and processes, R&D, information technology and the constant expansion of its production capacity to meet market demands. In 2009, Randon Companies completed 60 years of activity and also consolidated their strong presence as disseminators of sustainability actions by means of clear policies towards the environment, human resources and social responsibility. The conglomerate of Randon Companies, composed of leading companies in Latin America, has the most complete line of equipment for the transport of cargo by land, with its towed vehicles (trailers and semi-trailers), rail cars and specialty vehicles and operates in the segment of automotive components and systems. Randon maintains an international network of sales and services, serving more than 100 countries. For additional information, please click here.
Multicorpos is an exclusive software reseller for CAE analyses in Latin America for the most prestigious companies in these fields, such as CD Adapco for CFD analysis, MSC Software for structural and dynamic analyses, Dassault for manufacturing and digital simulations, VI-grade for specialized system-level simulation solutions. Multicorpos also includes a dedicated service team able to perform advanced dynamic analyses using the computational tool for Multibody Systems by means of MSC.ADAMS. The team also owns expertise in structural analyses using the technique of finite elements simulation as well as in the analysis of fluid systems using computational techniques (CFD). Located in the high tech district of São Carlos, Multicorpos provides counseling support in the business area and relies on qualified human resources through a close relationship with two of the most important universities (UFSCar and USP). For additional information, please click here.