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MTS AND FKFS CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED WIND TUNNEL
Eden Prairie, Minn. – November 10, 2014 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art wind tunnel and rolling road system with the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) in Stuttgart, Germany. The inaugural celebration was held on November 3, 2014. Over 100 Government dignitaries and industry leaders participated, along with representatives from MTS and FKFS.
“Our new wind tunnel offers the most advanced technology in the world today,” stated Mr. Armin Michelbach, FKFS’ Wind Tunnel Operations Manager. “The new system delivers on our commitment to accuracy and repeatability. A recent customer could not believe the results and the accuracy of the tests.” Mr. Michelbach is renowned throughout the industry for his wind tunnel management expertise.
Accuracy and repeatability are two of the critical attributes of the MTS Rolling Road Systems. The new three-belt/five-belt Rolling Road, with MTS-exclusive dynamic platform balance, that has been installed at FKFS is a first-of-its-kind. The platform allows for interchangeable belt configurations, minimizing the investment and maximizing the utility of the system. In addition, the high-speed stainless-steel belt technology developed by MTS is the only solution capable of meeting the demanding technical requirements of this system. The new state-of-the-art balance technology delivers unprecedented precision and repeatability for measuring aerodynamic forces on a vehicle.
“This new system enables peak measurement precision and high-accuracy model-and-wheel motion simulations,” commented Bill Bachrach, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of MTS Test and Sensors. “This was a highly complex project, involving more than 150 people and 55,000 man-hours to design, test, install and commission the FKFS system. I am proud of our team’s commitment to making this a success.”
“We believe our expertise alongside of MTS’ expertise is unmatched by else anyone in the industry,” stated Pf. Dr. Jochen Wiedemann, Director of the Automotive School and chair of the Automotive Engineering Board. “Utilizing FKFS first patented technology (Fully Interchangeable Road Simulation Technology) based on a three-five belt ground system, we believe that we now have the best rolling road system in the world, which includes the newly designed balance capabilities. The data we are getting is now the best data in the world.”
“MTS was delighted to participate in the grand opening for this unique system designed for FKFS,” shared Dr. Jeffrey Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS. “Our long-standing collaboration with industry leaders such as FKFS is one of the attributes that makes us unique. Together, we accomplished our goal to once again push the edge of technology beyond what is known.”
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’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,299 employees at September 28, 2013 and revenue of $569 million for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com
The Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) is one of the best-known German development service providers and co-operates closely with the Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering of the University Stuttgart. The FKFS with its more than 170 highly qualified employees operates a variety of state-of-the art measuring and testing facilities including a full-scale vehicle wind tunnel.
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