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MTS HELPS ESTEEMED BRAZILIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE BOOST OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
Eden Prairie, Minn. – May 3, 2017 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, has completed the installation of the MTS Echo® remote lab monitoring technology in the Civil Engineering Structural and Materials Laboratory (www.lem.civ.puc-rio.br) at Rio de Janeiro’s Pontificia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio).
The University deployed MTS Echo Intelligent Lab to help improve lab efficiency. Under the supervision of Dr. Flavio de Andrade Silva, PUC-Rio contracts with many of Brazil’s foremost engineering companies to design and conduct a wide array of mechanical tests to better understand the performance and durability characteristics of construction materials, techniques, and structures. Now with the latest technology from MTS incorporated into the laboratory, the staff and students have far greater visibility to ongoing test system performance and overall system health. Authorized personnel can remotely access detailed information about their test systems from an Android™ or iOS® compatible device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.). The university is consequently able to maximize testing efficiency, and can preemptively identify equipment problems that could delay testing results.
Facing more demanding schedules, many modern test facilities are often expected to run around the clock, and unscheduled disruptions can affect multiple projects. Through the Echo Equipment Monitoring offering, MTS addresses the growing need to improve productivity by providing real-time remote access to test status and equipment performance data. In addition, the Echo Health Monitoring functionality helps extend test system service life, enabling early detection and remedy of potential issues before they damage equipment or interrupt tests.
“There is a longstanding and deep-rooted cooperative relationship between PUC-Rio and MTS. With the implementation of the Echo solution, we’re able to know what is happening in the lab even when we are not there, giving us the assurance that we are operating efficiently,” states Dr. Flavio de Andrade Silva of PUC-Rio’s Civil Engineering Department. “This solution helps us to manage lab operations and improve productivity.”
“The ‘internet of things’ continues to grow, and MTS is at the forefront of applying this connectivity technology to the testing environment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS President and CEO. “MTS appreciates our customers’ need to access information about their tests – anytime, anywhere. With a real-time understanding of test status and equipment health, customers can better optimize their resources and improve their operations.”
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation’s testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS’s high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 3,500 employees as of October 1, 2016 and revenue of $650 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com.
The Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro is one of the top research institutions in Brazil. It was founded in 1941 and it aims to produce and propagate knowledge, especially aiming at the reflection, growth and enrichment of society. The campus, built in an area of 104,000 m², allows the integration between courses and enables the development of multidisciplinary projects. PUC-Rio seeks excellence in research, teaching and extension for the training of competent professionals, qualified to the full performance of their duties. The university has over 12,000 undergraduate students and 2500 postgraduate students. For more information visit: http://www.puc-rio.br.