Following FEV’s acquisition of D2T, announced in March 2015, FEV and D2T are both exhibiting at this year’s Automotive Testing Expo Europe. The combined FEV and D2T is said to offer “the best of both worlds” as the two companies demonstrate their combined product and service portfolios.
One area of emphasis is test-system tools that enable the transfer of major development steps from road to-rig or even from rig to simulation, in order to save development time. “The perfectly complementary product lines of D2T and FEV create immediate synergies and benefits as well as added value for our customers,” said Professor Stefan Pischinger, president and CEO of the FEV Group. “All of our product lines will continue to be available to our customers. Soon they will be extended to include the functionality of ‘the other world,’ providing the optimal conditions to achieve a high degree of modularity and compatibility in our products.”
One of the innovations on display is the new FEVcal DoE tool, the latest member of FEV’s central TOPEXPERT platform of innovative calibration tools, which, its makers says, combines user-friendly operation with an excellent visualization concept. “We have adapted today’s state-of-the-art global modeling techniques based on Gaussian processes to also address the specific characteristics of engine and powertrain modelling,” explained Dr Albert Haas, group vice president of Test Systems at FEV. “This approach, combined with intuitive visualization and user guidance, enables the engineer to quickly investigate and optimize the engine’s behavior.”
Meanwhile on its booth nearby, D2T is showcasing the engine-in-the-loop test field. The exhibit demonstrates the combined strengths of the Morphee automation solution and xMod simulation software (left), which enables simultaneous modeling of the transmission, vehicle and driver. D2T says that Morphee has now become a worldwide standard in test automation, with 2,500 licenses, 10,000 users, and 12m testing-rotation hours per year. At the expo, D2T is launching the first Morphee version running in a 64-bit Windows 7 environment. Morphee is now able to perform model-based online calibration, thus saving users up to 70% of test time.
“The result of the interaction of both products is a real-time, connected, multi-model simulation platform that enables the early testing and optimization of engine controls,” explained Philippe Lacassagne, who has worldwide responsibility for sales of test systems within the FEV Group.
FEV and D2T are exhibiting on booths 1200 and 1818 respectively at Automotive Testing Expo 2015 Europe, which continues at Messe Stuttgart, Germany, until Thursday 18th June.