Siemens to acquire TASS International, adding automated driving solutions to portfolio

  • Global provider of simulation software, and engineering and test services to further strengthen Siemens’ PLM Software automotive offering

  • Solutions aimed primarily at autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems, and tyre modeling

  • Combined offering provides unique fully integrated solution to front load the verification and validation of automated driving systems

Siemens will acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software, plus engineering and test services aimed primarily at the automotive industry, and focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and tyre modeling. Based in Helmond, Netherlands, TASS International has developed a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of ‘systems driven product development’ offerings for the global automotive industry.

“The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete Digital Enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realize their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalization” said Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Factory division. “TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

With active safety and advanced driver assistance systems features increasingly becoming the norm in the automotive industry, the compelling trends of connected and autonomous driving vehicles set new requirements for virtual and physical validation and verification of automotive vehicles.

“The Siemens PLM Software portfolio offers a significant opportunity for TASS International and its customers to accelerate the development of safety-critical applications in the field of automated and connected driving. Our engineering and test services will reach a larger audience through the extensive Siemens global footprint,” said Jan van den Oetelaar, CEO of TASS International. “The integration of TASS International into the Siemens organization is expected to create a stable long-term environment and allow access to a vast knowledge base. This can help to build an integrated toolchain for verification and validation of complex automotive functions that should benefit both the automotive industry as well as government organizations worldwide.”

TASS International is focused on automated driving solutions and integrated (active, passive) safety, primarily for the automotive industry. With its PreScan software, car manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies can simulate complex traffic scenarios and virtually validate automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems. With its leading Madymo software for occupant safety modeling, TASS International can simulate the impact of a car crash on the human body. TASS International’s Delft-Tyre software provides highly accurate tyre models for vehicle dynamics and ride and handling simulations.

TASS International’s simulation software will be combined with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio of advanced simulation offerings, and its electronic design automation (EDA) solutions from the recently acquired Mentor Graphics organization. The combination will provide a unique fully integrated solution to frontload the verification and validation of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, providing Siemens with the world’s most complete systems-driven product development offering for autonomous vehicles.

Siemens will acquire 100 percent of the share capital of TASS International and integrate the business into its PLM Software business unit, which is part of its Digital Factory Division. TASS International has approximately 200 employees and has an annual turnover of €27m.  Closing is expected in early September 2017.  Both parties mutually agreed not to disclose the financial conditions of the acquisition.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.

Via: TASS International

Railways could go in for Metro-type entry/exit gates at some stations.

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Automatic fare collection barriers installed at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne Metcard. *Image for illustration only. Image source: Link

Indian Railway News

Planners are exploring the possibility of having an access control system, similar to the Metro network’s, to prevent fare-evaders from entering Mumbai suburban train stations.
In the suburban system, a ticketless traveller is only caught if asked by a ticket-checker. Also, ticket-checking is random and not round-the-clock.

World Bank officials recently met railway officials to brainstorm about having the system. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as consultants to design an integrated ticketing system that will have a common smart card for all modes of transport in the city.

A Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said, “The consultants will carry out study of 12 stations, selected on the basis of high, medium and low footfalls during peak hours. The access control concept is challenging but can be implemented here.”
Metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khadare said, “The consultant will look for ways to implement the access…

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Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Item Date: 9/5/2017 Date: Sep 05 2017 Body: Expands Portfolio for Specialty, Defense and Off-Highway Customers Globally TROY, Mich. – (Sept. 5, 2017) – Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that it has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. (“Fabco”) and its subsidiaries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…

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MANN+HUMMEL premieres intake manifold with fully integrated intercooler at Frankfurt Motor Show

Ludwigsburg/Frankfurt, September 12, 2017 – a more constant and effective intercooling and a resulting reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 3% are the advantages of indirect intercooling which are convincing more and more vehicle manufacturers. In comparison to direct intercooling, a reduced charge air volume and a quicker build-up of boost pressure improve the engine response. MANN+HUMMEL, the filtration expert from Ludwigsburg, has now raised this technology to a new level. At the 2017 Frankfurt motor show the company will celebrate the world premiere of the first intake manifold with a fully integrated intercooler.

Full integration versus stand-alone concept
The new system exploits all the advantages of indirect charge air cooling and requires a lower number of components in comparison to stand-alone concepts which work with separate components for the intercooler and intake manifold. This reduces the number of interfaces and the handling costs for automobile manufacturers. In addition, a lower pressure drop and the smaller charge air volume serve to improve the engine response.

Full integration versus mounted units
With full integration the cooler is completely enclosed by the intake manifold shells. This gives the whole system a higher stability in comparison to mounted solutions as there is no sealing surface to the outside. The system enables excellent temperature distribution with a maximum temperature difference of two degrees Kelvin over all six cylinders. In this process, the whole system has to withstand high temperature differences between the air inlets and air outlets of up to 90 degrees Kelvin.

Two-component seal
The seal consisting of two components between the cooler and intake manifold shells is characterized by good resistance to chemicals and low leakage values. It is made from a plastic frame in the particularly strong polyamide 6 with a 35% glass-fiber component (PA6 GF35) and an elastomer seal in fluorinated rubber which has a good resistance to temperature and media. A positive-locking fit keeps the polyamide and elastomer firmly and securely together.

Maximum stability
Absolute charge pressures of up to 2.7 bar place high requirements on components. The large surfaces of the plastic shells are subject to considerable stress. Using modern simulation technology, internal prototype construction and intensive testing, the engineers at MANN+HUMMEL were able to enhance the right design through the use of ribbed plastic shells to ensure the highest stability and at the same time to minimize weight.

Guiding ribs in the assembly ensure an even air inflow to all the cylinders through an optimum air flow. At the same time the component design serves to minimize pressure drop. The use of hot-gas welding enables more narrow welding seams which are also stronger. A positive side effect is the increased cleanness of the component due to the fact that with this process there is no fluff resulting from friction.

About MANN+HUMMEL

MANN+HUMMEL is a leading global expert for filtration solutions. The company group with its headquarters in Ludwigsburg, Germany, develops solutions for motor cars, industrial applications, clean air in interior spaces and the sustainable use of water. In 2016 the group achieved sales of approx. 3.5 billion euros worldwide with more than 20,000 employees at more than 80 locations. The products manufactured by the group include air cleaner systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, plastic components, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membrane filters.

 

Press contacts:

Harald Kettenbach
Tel.: +49 7141 982583
Email: harald.kettenbach(at)mann-hummel.com

Miriam Teige
Tel.: +49 7141 983354
Email: miriam.teige(at)mann-hummel.com

Patrick Löffel
Tel.: +49 7141 982391
Email: patrick.loeffel(at)mann-hummel.com 

Source: MANN+HUMMEL

Joyful Anticipation, Mercedes customers can now track production status of their order in real time via Mercedes-me portal

  • Via their personalised access to Mercedes me, new car customers in Germany are able to follow the production status of their ordered Mercedes-Benz car in real time.
  • Digitalisation in the Mercedes-Benz plants allows the use of production data for a new brand experience and offers interactive services.
Neuer Service von Mercedes me gibt exklusiven Einblick in Produktion: Digitale Vorfreude für Mercedes-Benz Kunden
“Joyful Anticipation” consists of four areas, “Welcome”, “Your Vehicle”, “Your Production” and “Your Handover”. In the “Your Production” section, the customer finds out everything about the individual production stages for the ordered vehicle, with real-time tracking.

Stuttgart – People spend 374 days of their lives “waiting” for something. During the waiting time between ordering their Mercedes-Benz and taking delivery, Mercedes enthuse their customers by digital means.

A new tool within “Mercedes me” makes it possible after ordering the desired vehicle to track its production status online from the comfort of your own home, or while travelling: Between the ordering and delivery time, Mercedes-Benz offers new car buyers in Germany exclusive insights into the production of their Mercedes-Benz car in real time, so as to heighten the “Joyful Anticipation”. The new service from Mercedes me at http://mercedes.me/production is a very special brand experience on a PC, tablet or smartphone. “Joyful Anticipation” is already available for vehicles in production in the German Mercedes-Benz car plants in Sindelfingen (CLS, CLS Shooting Brake, E- and S-Class), Rastatt (A- and B-Class, GLA) and in Kecskemét (B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake) in Hungary. Shortly “Joyful Anticipation” will also become available for models from the German Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen (C-Class Sedan, Estate, Coupé, Cabriolet; E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, GLC, GLC Coupé, SL, SLC). The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa (USA) is still following this year in which SUVs for the German market are running off the line.

Customers in Germany concluding a sales contract in Germany for a new Mercedes-Benz car receive a flyer about “Joyful Anticipation”. Using their personal Mercedes me account, customers can log-in and input their ordered vehicle using the order number. In addition to information about the vehicle, they receive an insight into different production stages – from production planning, body shop, painting, assembly and quality control to completion and planned delivery. In addition, interactive services such as a tailor-made Mercedes me car insurance with special terms, or vouchers with special offers, for example for a driving training, enhance the attractiveness of “Joyful Anticipation”.

“Joyful Anticipation” consists of four areas, “Welcome”, “Your Vehicle”, “Your Production” and “Your Handover”, which are configured completely individually for the customer and vehicle. The aim is to give the customer an individual, exciting, digital brand experience even during the waiting time for the ordered vehicle. In the “Your Vehicle” section, the customer is given all the relevant information relating to the ordered vehicle. In the “Your Production” section, the customer finds out everything about the individual production stages for the ordered vehicle with real-time tracking. The multimedia content provides an entertaining insight into the manufacture of a Mercedes-Benz car, ranging from the production location to the production processes and the final inspection. Following vehicle completion, the customer can find out all he/she needs to know about the vehicle handover.

Networking the entire value added chain in real time is already more than just a vision for Mercedes-Benz. And the focus here is always on the potential and actual customer. The status of every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz car plants is reported to the production network. These data are used for production planning and control. The new service of Mercedes me now likewise accesses these vehicle data.

The digital mobility and service brand Mercedes me creates individualised access to the world of Mercedes-Benz. This goes well beyond the car itself, offering an integrated system of products, services and innovations.

Since its introduction, “Joyful Anticipation” has not only been enthusiastically received by customers. The service was honoured with coveted prizes, e.g. the German Online Communication Awards (“Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation”) and “Best of Best” winner in the Automotive Brand Contest.

With the digitalisation of our production the prerequisite for this innovative digital service has been made and will be expanded. A vision of the future is that the customer will be able to assign changes to the equipment and even further customization after the purchase order.

*The service is presently available for customers in Germany only

Via: Daimler Global Media Site

Mahle unveils MEET concept at Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Frankfurt

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Stuttgart – In a world debut, MAHLE presents the vehicle concept “MEET” (MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport) to the public at IAA Cars in Frankfurt/Germany. MEET is systematically aligned to the needs of urban mobility. The concept combines maximum efficiency, individual comfort, driving pleasure—and is still affordable.

  • Maximum efficiency: seven days in day-to-day city traffic without charging
  • Comfortable: individual comfort zones implemented at less cost to the environment
  • Driving pleasure: agile and networked through the city
  • Affordable: 25 percent lower costs in the powertrain

Efficient and highly integrated—MAHLE twin-power drive unit

MEET makes use of the new MAHLE 48-volt twin-power drive unit. It combines two electric motors, the transmission, and a 48-volt electronics system. The MAHLE IPM (Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) traction drive provides maximum efficiency and dynamics in a wide speed range. The MEET demonstrator vehicle initially contained a MAHLE drive unit comprising two motors each with 14 kilowatts of mechanical continuous output and 36 newton meters of torque. At the IAA we are demonstrating the next evolutionary step with 20 kilowatts of continuous output and 80 newton meters of torque per motor. The motors drive the rear wheels via a central transmission.

Go further comfortably—seven days with no need to charge

In the urban application area, the technical focus of MEET is on maximum energy efficiency. The interaction of various energy-saving technologies in the fields of powertrain and thermal management increases efficiency and significantly extends the cruising range of the vehicle.

As in all vehicles with a purely electric powertrain, one of the biggest challenges with respect to energy storage is heating the interior, particularly in winter. Indeed, by eliminating local emissions, the system lacks the most important heat source—the combustion engine. As a result, any temperature-related output such as the heating of the heating air places a burden on the battery and therefore on the vehicle’s cruising range.

Maximum efficiency without compromises—and even with improvements—in comfort are therefore a top priority in MEET. MAHLE achieves thermal efficiency through measures such as a thermoelectric heat pump and surface heaters with individual comfort zones in combination with dual-zoned air conditioning. As a result, MEET achieves up to seven days of inner city trips—with just one charge. Expressed in figures, innovative thermal management increases the cruising range by 5 percent in summer and by as much as 50 percent in winter.

Driving pleasure redefined—zippy, agile, intuitive

In urban traffic, maximum speed is not what counts. With a top performance of 40 to 60 kilowatts—depending on the model of the motor—MEET is very zippy in the relevant speed range. The basic model of MEET accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in five seconds. When using the new MAHLE motors each with a peak power of 30 kilowatts, this time drops to less than three seconds. Maneuvering and parking are supported by the torque vectoring functionality of the MAHLE twin-power drive unit: MEET is rendered exceptionally agile thanks to the selective wheel torque output of the two electric motors.

The innovative operating concept ensures that the driver is not distracted while driving but can still use all the functionality safely. Handling MEET is intuitive and simple—despite a wide range of functions such as controlling the navigation, sound, and air conditioning systems, or accessing the technical status of the vehicle. This is where the comprehensive expertise of the MAHLE subsidiary BHTC comes into play. The operating concept enables a contact-free, gesture-based control, haptic feedback, and personalized comfort settings as well as the preconditioning of the interior, for example via a smartphone app during charging.

 Affordable—designed for the end customer

Despite its technical sophistication, MEET is an affordable vehicle concept. There are several reasons for this:

  • MEET is a platform concept. The modular approach can be flexibly transferred to a range of vehicle concepts.
  • Economies of scale are generated. For example, the modular drive unit may also be easily used as an e-axle in a 48-volt hybrid system. In addition, MAHLE believes that all the technologies in MEET can be carried over into large-scale production.
  • The 48-volt approach requires fewer safety measures in comparison with high-voltage systems, reducing the cost of the drive by 25 percent.

MAHLE combines expertise for new directions in e-mobility

MEET, MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport, is the vehicle concept for tomorrow’s urban mobility. With MEET, MAHLE is actively addressing the current challenges of the automotive industry. MEET combines the broad MAHLE portfolio and expertise in the fields of thermal management, powertrain, electronics, and user interfaces, and convincingly demonstrates today what the new directions in e-mobility will be.

MEET and its overall concept will be presented by MAHLE for the first time at IAA 2017, Stand C40 in Hall 8.0. The MAHLE press conference will take place on September 12, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. at the MAHLE stand.

Short Q&A sessions will be held immediately after the MAHLE press conference, giving journalists an opportunity to learn more about the technical details from the MAHLE product experts themselves. We look forward to your visit!

About MAHLE

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimizing the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.

In 2016, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.3 billion with about 77,000 employees and is represented in 34 countries with 170 production locations. At 15 major development centers in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, 6,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

For further information, contact:

MAHLE GmbH
Ruben Danisch
Corporate Communications
Pragstraße 26–46
70376 Stuttgart
Germany

Phone: +49 711 501-12199
Fax: +49 711 501-13700
ruben.danisch@mahle.com

Source: Mahle

Donfeng partnered with Knorr-Bremse to develop AMT’s for its trucks

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Dongfeng Motor Group Corporation Ltd., one of the world’s biggest truck manufacturers, is partnering with Knorr-Bremse to develop the automated manual transmission for its new generation of heavy-duty trucks.

This decision will see the two companies prepare the way for automated manual transmissions to continue their triumphant advance in China, the world’s biggest commercial vehicle market. “In Europe, automated manual transmissions have become widely established. They boost active safety by easing the load on the driver, cut fuel consumption by applying an optimized gear shift strategy and reduce clutch wear,” says Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “In our joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group we are optimizing our transmission management system to meet the specific requirements of the Chinese market. This puts us in an excellent position to help automated manual transmissions finally achieve a breakthrough in China.”

The transmission management system developed by Knorr-Bremse consists of an electropneumatic gear control unit and clutch actuator, a wide variety of sensors that gather the necessary status data, and an electronic control unit that contributes the gear shift strategy. The complete system is to be produced at the joint venture’s own facility in Shiyan, China. “A vast amount of know-how and expertise goes into developing the transmission management system for a certain type of vehicle,” explains Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems responsible for the Powertrain unit.

Bao Ping Xu, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems Shanghai and Member of the Board of Directors of Knorr-Bremse Asia-Pacific Holding, adds: “Integrating the system into the vehicle-specific environment and adapting it to the respective transmission requires a high degree of coordination within the international development team.” Along with developing the individual mechatronic modules, another key part of the project is creating the software. The aim here is to always use the ideal gear to keep the engine running in its most efficient operating range for as long as possible and to shift between gears as fast as possible. The shorter the gear shift time, the shorter the interruption of the tractive force and the resulting loss of momentum. Taken together, these two factors make for extremely economical vehicle operation.

Knorr-Bremse DETC Commercial Vehicle Braking Technology, the joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Motor Group, was founded in 2015. Initially it focused on manufacturing mechanical components such as brake valves and ABS systems, but the range of products it manufactures in China is steadily being expanded to include components for air management and brake control, as well as transmission systems.

At the end of fiscal 2016, the Dongfeng Group had 149,092 employees. In the same year it produced more than three million vehicles, including 369,100 commercial vehicles.

Dongfeng Electronic & Technology Co., Ltd. (DETC) is a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. (DFG) and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. DETC owns subsidiaries with sites in Shanghai, Hubei and Guangdong. DFG holds 55 percent of the shares in Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV), a joint venture with Volvo that is one of China’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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