Retrospective: Discovering the capabilities of simulation
This year marks 25 years since ATTI was first published. Carl Perrin, CEO of the Institute for Clean Growth & Future Mobility at Coventry University, UK, recalls a remarkable application of digital engineering 25 years ago
Just before the end of the 20th century, I worked as a developer of new products for an engine bearing business. The applications engineers used engineering simulation tools and manufacturing engineers were already implementing automated vision capabilities into quality management systems and high-flow production lines.
Toyo acquires powertrain dynamometer specialist Rototest
Measurement specialist Toyo has acquired its long-term partner, Rototest, a developer of hub-coupled powertrain dynamometers. Rototest is based in Sweden and will operate as a subsidiary of Toyo, which is in Japan.
“Toyo acquiring Rototest marks a significant milestone for the company. With Toyo, Rototest is poised to enhance its ability to provide innovative automotive test solutions to an even broader array of the world’s leading manufacturers.”
In 2016, Toyo and Rototest entered into a partnership, as part of which Toyo introduced the latter’s hub-coupled dynamometer technology to the Japanese automotive market.
Vector publishes fundamentals of new CAN XL technology
What is stated to be the first poster on CAN XL technology has been produced by Vector and its partner Bosch to help developers get to grips with the new solution. It gives an overview of the most important technical specifications of CAN XL as well as other important information.
During the creation of the new information poster, Dr Arthur Mutter, chairman of the CAN XL working group at CAN in Automation e.V.
Isuzu to open commercial EV powertrain test facility
A new development and testing facility for powertrain systems and components of commercial EVs, including batteries, motors and thermal management systems, among others, is in the making at Isuzu’s Fujisawa plant.
Isuzu notes that in deepening its understanding of battery characteristics, it will be able to achieve better battery management performance. This knowledge will enable the company to optimize the functionality of combined EV components, such as batteries and motors, as well as the thermal management of the entire system.
In this Issue – November 2023
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ATTI turns 25: Industry professionals from fields across the sector look ahead to the next 25 years of automotive development.
Mazda strengthens AI tie-up with Secondmind
The partnership between Secondmind and Mazda to develop artificial intelligence innovations has been extended. The solutions being developed by the two companies are said to tackle some of the highest complexity problems in automotive design and engineering, and will be deployed commercially.
As part of the reaffirmed partnership, Mazda has joined a new US$16m funding round in Secondmind, alongside existing Secondmind investors Amadeus Capital Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, and Cambridge Innovation Capital.
Naohito Saga, executive officer responsible for R&D strategy planning at Mazda, said, “The automotive industry needs to further accelerate the speed and efficiency of development due to the diversification of market needs and the increasing sophistication and complexity of technology, and we hope that our partnership with Secondmind will bring out-of-the-box thinking and innovative technology to Mazda.
Why subjective vehicle evaluation is an amusing cost generator
Very few consumers will be aware of the intricate craftsmanship that goes into each vehicle to achieve the defined attribute targets. Chris Tandy, wheel and tire technical specialist system engineer at CEVT, discusses the sophistication of vehicle attributes target testing and when to call it a day
What are vehicle development and attribute targets? Basically, someone sets the targets for a vehicle via competitor benchmarking. It sounds ultra-sophisticated, and to a degree it is, with objective measurements and vehicle strip-downs.
Battery management system repository created by Arrow Electronics
Electronic component specialist Arrow Electronics has built a new online resource for battery management system designers, which will offer support services and downloadable papers written by companies in Arrow’s ecosystem. The repository will help customers ensure their BMS projects meet all the critical requirements – including functional safety, efficiency, battery lifetime and charging time.
“Battery management is central to the electrification of everything, the defining megatrend of our time as we switch to renewable energy to preserve the world’s resources and climate,” said Ulrich Lentz, technology field applications engineer for BMS at Arrow Electronics.