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MTS and dSPACE to Demonstrate Joint Mechatronics Development and Validation Test Bench at Automotive Testing Expo 2006 Europe
Proof-of-concept Test Bench Brings the Test Track into the Lab
for More Productive Mechatronic Chassis and Drivetrain Programs
Eden Prairie, Minn., May 9, 2006 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC) today announced they will demonstrate a proof-of-concept Mechatronic Development and Validation (MDV) Bench at Stand 4304 during Automotive Testing Expo 2006 Europe, May 9-11 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The MDV Bench, jointly developed by MTS and dSPACE, integrates an active suspension with a real-time vehicle dynamics model to create realistic and repeatable maneuvers for the direct characterization and measurement of vehicle dynamic events.
The MDV proof-of-concept addresses the need for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to have greater insight earlier in the product development and validation process. By relying less on the proving ground and more on the test lab, mechatronic system engineers will achieve the time and cost savings necessary to support a greater volume and variety of mechatronics-related test scenarios.
“MTS and dSPACE believe there is customer benefit in combining Hardware-in-the Loop and physical simulation technologies to perform tasks currently not possible or confined to track testing,” said Sidney W. Emery, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MTS. “With this partnership, we feel we are bringing substantial value to our customers products and development processes, adding the right value, at the right time.”
"Using mathematical models in the loop with real components makes mechanical testing more realistic without adding much cost.” said Herbert Hanselmann, president and chief executive officer of dSPACE. “The mathematical models which make the tested component operate under realistic conditions can be modified easily, so a lot more can be tested in less time."
MTS MDV Benches can be used throughout the development and validation phases of the vehicle product development cycle to support system identification, algorithm development and calibration. As a more repeatable and productive alternative to track testing, MDV benches introduce precise force and motion to the development and validation processes of electronic, software or physical components of mechatronic systems. MDV Benches reduce mechatronic project and warranty risk and permit OEMs and suppliers to improve vehicle performance and safety characteristics.
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software 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’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 1,549 employees and revenue of $374 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2005. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
Founded in 1988, dSPACE has its headquarters in Paderborn, Germany, and engineering project centers in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to its Novi, MI, subsidiary, the company has subsidiaries in Japan, France and the United Kingdom, and representatives worldwide. dSPACE stands for complete development systems for electronic controls in automotives and mechatronics. Typical applications are rapid control prototyping, automatic production code generation and hardware-in-the-loop-simulation. Today, more than 12,000 dSPACE systems are in use worldwide, serving customers in the automotive and aerospace industries, where fast time-to-market and solid results are key requirements, as well as universities. With more than 1,200 ECU test systems (simulators) in use, dSPACE is the market leader in this area. More information is available on the Internet at www.dspace.com.