12 April 2013

Argonne National Laboratory Selects LMS International

Leuven, Belgium, 12 April 2013 – LMS International (LMS) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) have concluded agreements through which LMS will become Argonne global partner for Autonomie.

Autonomie is a Plug-and-Play Powertrain and Vehicle Model Architecture and Development Environment to support the rapid evaluation of new powertrain/propulsion technologies for improving fuel economy through virtual design and analysis in a math-based simulation environment. The development of Autonomie has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program (VTP).

LMS will act as Argonne exclusive and worldwide agent for Autonomie, and distribute Autonomie in combination with its market leading mechatronic system simulation platform, LMS Imagine.Lab. Argonne and LMS will also cooperate to advance interoperability of Autonomie with Imagine.Lab AMESim, for scalable multi-physics modeling, and with Imagine.Lab SysDM for collaborative model and data management.

“LMS is pleased to be selected by Argonne as its global partner for Autonomie”, comments Dr. Jan Leuridan, LMS Executive Vice-President & CTO, “in combination with the Imagine.Lab platform for mechatronic system simulation, LMS is in a unique position to deliver the most complete solution for vehicle energy management, fuel economy and driveability optimization, addressing both the needs for physical system optimization, as well as the needs for model-based controls engineering”.

Argonne has developed Autonomie in cooperation with General Motors since 2006. “GM has been working closely with Argonne and LMS on the challenges of engineering vehicles with right brand performances, while meeting increasing requirements for fuel economy”, comments Daniel Nicholson, GM Executive Director Powertrain Driveability, Calibration and Validation, “we welcome very much Argonne's selection of LMS as global partner for Autonomie. This choice will enable GM to move forward with Autonomie and Imagine.Lab as strategic platforms to support our global vehicle engineering activities."

“Argonne is pleased to partner with LMS to continue to accelerate the introduction of advanced technologies into the market through math-based engineering”, comments Aymeric Rousseau, Argonne’s Vehicle Modeling and Simulation manager. “Autonomie’s commercialization is the result of more than a decade of pre-competitive cooperative research to develop new technologies and tools, and quickly bring to market highly fuel efficient vehicles that will reduce U.S. petroleum dependence”, comments Patrick Davis, US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program Manager.

About LMS, A Siemens Business

LMS is a leading provider of test and mechatronic simulation software and engineering services in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. As a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, LMS provides a unique portfolio of products and services for manufacturing companies to manage the complexities of tomorrow’s product development by incorporating model-based mechatronic simulation and advanced testing in the product development process. LMS tunes into mission-critical engineering attributes, ranging from system dynamics, structural integrity and sound quality to durability, safety and power consumption. With multi-domain and mechatronic simulation solutions, LMS addresses the complex engineering challenges associated with intelligent system design and model-based systems engineering. Thanks to its technology and more than 1250 dedicated people, LMS has become the partner of choice of more than 5000 manufacturing companies worldwide. LMS operates in more than 30 key locations around the world.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies, delivering open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

Note: LMS Virtual.Lab, LMS Imagine.Lab and SAMCEF are registered trademarks of LMS International or any of its affiliates. Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

This press release was published by LMS International prior to Siemens PLM Software acquiring the company on January 3, 2013.

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