Ferrari successfully completes the installation of DiM (Driver in Motion)
VI-grade supplies software solutions for masters in railway systems at Universidad Comillas
Škoda Transportation selects VI-grade railway solutions
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.
Showa adopts VI-CarRealTime and VI-Motorcycle for successful development of new products
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.
About Showa Corporation
RML Group selects VI-CarRealTime for its successful Cruze World Touring Car Championship programme
Michelotto Automobili selects VI-grade real-time solutions
“We were looking for a reliable solution that could enable us to easily optimize vehicle setups of our racing cars”, says Mattia Vendramin, vehicle dynamics engineer at Michelotto Automobiles. “The functionalities offered by VI-CarRealTime enable us to quickly and easily investigate the effect of the design modifications to suspensions and engines that we introduce in our cars in order to make their behavior more suitable to the competitions.”
“We are happy to report this important activity in the automotive industry,” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade. “This demonstrates the efficiency of our VI-CarRealTime solution in virtually optimizing vehicle setup configurations in a quick and reliable manner. We are looking forward to contributing to future racing victories of the Michelotto team!”
About VI-CarRealTimeVI-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 please click here.
VI-grade announces a strategic development partnership with MIRA
In detail, the development partnership calls for MIRA to evaluate the software products developed by VI-grade, providing independent development guidance from a Vehicle Dynamics Engineering perspective – rather than just software engineering. Additionally, MIRA will supply digital data of its MIRA Proving Ground circuits to VI-grade to be used in VI-DriveSim, VI-grade’s innovative driving simulation solution installed both on static and dynamic simulators developed by VI-grade and installed at VI-grade SimCenter in Italy.
“We are excited about the consolidation of our long-lasting collaboration with VI-grade” says Dr Geoff Davis, Chief Commercial & Technical Officer. “In particular, we are looking forward to the joint development of a new software tool aimed to automate the creation of a VI-CarRealTime model to complement the SPMM (K&C rig) service currently provided by our organization.”
“We are very happy to report our strategic partnership with MIRA,” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade. “According to the agreement, we will promote MIRA’s services as part of our worldwide sales and marketing activities, through a series of joint customer visits and the participation to selected trade shows and industry exhibitions.”
Ferrari adopts revolutionary driving simulation technology from VI-grade
Marburg, Mar 6th, 2013 – VI-grade GmbH, the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system-level simulation, today announced that Ferrari selected the newly developed motion platform named DiM (Driver in Motion). The new dynamic platform for the driving simulator will be installed later this year at the Ferrari Gestione Industriale site in Maranello, Italy and will be used for testing and optimizing the setup of the GT vehicles developed and marketed by Ferrari.
Leveraging the experience developed with Formula 1, Ferrari will be using the driving simulator for GT and road car development to optimize performance, system integration and driver feeling.
The driving simulator is based on the usage of VI-CarRealTime, VI-grade’s flagship solution for real-time vehicle dynamics simulation. The vehicle model is used to calculate the real-time response to the driver’s input that is provided to VI-MotionCueing, that in turn produces the inputs to the inverse kinematic program which controls the actuators.
“The DiM solution completely meets our specifications and expectations for a system that represents the perfect complement to our existing engineering process”, said Marco Fainello, Head of the Car Performance Simulation at Ferrari. “We rely on VI-grade software solutions for our automotive system simulations since several years and we are looking forward to realizing the maximum benefits out of the high-resolution simulated motion control capabilities provided by DiM. We are also convinced that the revolutionary 9 degrees-of-freedom motion platform from Saginomiya will allow us to reach the target to improve the tools to optimize both handling and ride of the cars we are developing.”
“Motion platforms architectures for driving simulators have been undergoing a very creative development phase in recent years” said Diego Minen, Technical Director, VI-grade. “The new VI-grade conceptual idea and the platform final design provided by Saginomiya was chosen by Ferrari in place of competitive solutions because its kinematics has shown to be ideal for low/high motion frequencies separation and extremely efficient for implementing our new motion cueing strategy, which has been fine tuned with the help of professional driver’s in our and other simulation centers over the past two years. The combination of DiM mechanical architecture and performance, VI-CarRealTime and VI-MotionCueing characteristics is certainly unique to obtain the best driver motion perception”.
“Since the beginning of our activities, back in 1964, we developed, manufactured and sold different types of test systems and we have established our presence in many different industry sectors such as machinery, railway, aerospace, nuclear power, energy and, above all, automotive” said Akiko Watanobe, Public Relations & Advertisement Section at Saginomiya. “Thanks to our history and our experience, we are now favorably reputed with high reliability in many fields as a comprehensive test system maker worldwide using our core hydraulic and electric technology in our Dynamic Servo product line. This strong background made us becoming the best reliable partner to engineer, manufacture and support a new concept of motion platform such as DiM. We are highly committed to serve the needs of the most technically advanced customers in global market and we are delighted to work with Ferrari and VI-grade in developing such a revolutionary motion platform for driving simulators.”
“We are extremely happy to report this very important commercial success at Ferrari with our VI-DriveSim Dynamic solution”, said Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade. “Thanks to its expertise in design and production of worldwide known GT cars, Ferrari represents for us the ideal reference for the deployment and the further development of our driving simulation technologies.”About Saginomiya
Saginomiya is the leading provider of automatic controls and test systems in Japan as and is very highly reputed throughout the world for the quality of its products. Saginomiya started developing, manufacturing and selling test systems in 1964, expanding in several business fields such as civil engineering and construction, industrial machinery, railway services, power generation, aviation and automotive. Saginomiya’s “Dynamic Servo” has been developed as the ideal test systems utilizing state-of-the-art core technologies such as electric and hydraulic hybrids as well as a next-generation simulator. Saginomiya is are highly committed to serve the needs of the most technically advanced customers in the global market.
Fiat Do Brasil (Fiasa) adopts VI-grade's STATIC Simulator
Marburg, Feb. 27th, 2013 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation, today announced that fiat do Brasil, the Brazilian division of Fiat Group Automobiles, installed VI-DriveSim Static, the breakthrough driving simulator technology developed by VI-grade, at their premises in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. The driving simulator will be used for vehicle set up optimization on different digital versions of existing tracks.
“We are impressed with the technology offered by the STATIC Simulator. We believe that the driving simulator is an important tool for vehicle dynamic developments, improving the ride characteristics and reducing the development time. The possibility of starting the vehicle setup using a real driver before the prototypes is a great opportunity,” said Vinicius Leal, Fiat Automóveis S.A. Engenharia do Produto - Chassi - Cálculo e Simulações Virtuais. “In detail, we will use the solution to test and optimize vehicle dynamics on a digitalized test track provided by VI-grade and in the future our plans is to scan further test tracks in order to be able to virtually test the behavior of our cars in different setups. This kind of high fidelity solution using hardware in the loop in a dynamic simulator is ideal to use as a development tool for our dynamic engineers.”
“Automotive transportation represents a strategic market in our country and we are happy that an important reference such as Fiat do Brasil has selected Multicorpos as strategic partner for the implementation of a virtual prototyping process based on VI-grade's driving simulators,” said Alvaro Costa Neto, Managing Director, Multicorpos Engenharia. “We are looking forward to supporting the local branch of Fiat Group Automobiles in getting the most advantage out of this exciting simulation solution.”
“We are extremely happy to report the first successful installation of our STATIC Simulator in South America”, said 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 Brazil!”
The STATIC Simulator by VI-grade is a professional solution that allows OEMs, Tier1 suppliers and Research Institutes to use driving simulator to start bridging the gap between physical testing and simulation. Our STATIC simulator is based on the same VI-DriveSim software package that is used on COMPACT Simulator and on DiM, but is also fully compatible with 3rd party software solutions. This makes it possible to upgrade the static simulator to a dynamic simulator later on, leveraging previous investments.
HMI, Vehicle Dynamics, NVH and ADAS are some of the disciplines that could be developed using a STATIC Simulator by VI-grade. Cylindrical screen and professional projectors make it possible to reach very high level of realism and to give driver an immersive driver experience.
Thanks to the real-time hardware infrastructure, static simulator is also suitable for software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop applications.
Accessory technologies like VI-BioTelemetry, VI-ActiveSeat and VI-ActiveBelts are also fully compatible with Static Simulator.
Multicorpos is an exclusive software reseller for CAE analyses in Latin America for the most prestigious companies in these fields, such as MSC Software for structural and dynamic analyses, FEV for virtual engine simulation and 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)