Marburg, Sept 23rd, 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 ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION, a professional manufacturer of various kinds of passenger coaches located in Plzen, Czech Republic, selected the VI-grade suite of railway solutions, based on VI-Rail.
The company, that produces streetcars, electric locomotives, electric multiple units and rapid transit train systems, will use VI-Rail, and in particular the newly released VI-Rail Wear toolkit, to simulate and optimize the performance of tramcars, EMUs, locomotives and metro, with particular attention to the possibility of reducing the occurrence of wheel wear.
“We are excited about the technology offered by VI-grade for the railway industry,” says Václav Kraus, Ph.D. - Senior research engineer, ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s. “Our company, a professional railway vehicle manufacturer, will use the VI-Rail solution to identify the best suspension and wheel profile settings in order to lead to increase of mileage of wheel until the necessity of re-profiling.”
“We are very happy to report another important commercial success in the European railway industry,” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade. “This demonstrates the efficiency of our development strategies, aimed to provide to new and existing customers a suite of solutions aligned with their most advanced engineering needs. We are looking forward to a continuous a fruitful collaboration with Škoda!”
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 visit www.vi-grade.com/index.php?pagid=rail.
About Skoda Transportation
ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION is a traditional Czech company engaged in the field of transport engineering, with a strong position in both domestic and world markets. Establishment of ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION is connected with the specialization restructuring and financial restructuring of the company resulting in acquisition of a strategic owner. ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION and its subsidiaries are focused on the transport engineering industry, its key products include low-floor trams, electric locomotives, subway trains, suburban train units and trolleybuses, as well as traction motors or complete driving gears for transport systems. The ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION group of companies has more than four thousand employees. Škoda experts develop, produce and supply top products customized to the needs and wishes of its customers. Successful investments in new product lines are, along with sales ensured for the long term and the company’s financial stability, proof that ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION ranks among the top European companies in its industry. For additional information, please visit: http://www.skoda.cz.