07 February 2013

LMS and IFP Energies Nouvelles 10th Anniversary of Powertrain Simulation Partnership

Leuven, Belgium, 7 February 2013 – LMS International, the leading partner in test and mechatronic system simulation, and IFP Energies nouvelles, a world-class player in innovative Powertrain technologies development, are proud to announce the celebration of their 10-year anniversary partnership for powertrain development. To mark a step in this great collaboration, a special event is organized at the IFP Energies nouvelles facilities on February 19, gathering major European automotive OEMs and suppliers around presentations and roundtables animated by industry leaders from Continental, Ferrari, PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN, RENAULT, Valeo, Voith Turbo and the University of Magdeburg.

For 10 years, IFP Energies nouvelles and LMS have been involved in significant projects supporting key innovations in the powertrain domain. Both companies have solidified their alliance through robust, cutting-edge system simulation solutions that have been used for decisive innovation, like common rail, engine downsizing and variable valve actuation technologies. Backed by a strong application expertise developed through contact with privileged customers in the powertrain industry, their collaborative researches have driven the development of LMS Imagine.Lab AMESim, the de-facto tool for physical simulation of mechatronic systems. Geared toward energy efficiency, fuel economy, improved drivability and optimized performances, the LMS solutions developed in partnership with IFP Energies nouvelles are used today in the automotive industry to support engine controls engineering as well as engine pre-design.

During this special event, technical and simulation specialists will testify to the relevance of these solutions for their current technical challenges. These technical presentations will be followed by a round table of experts in the engine industry, with the objective of sharing technological stakes and solutions concerning system simulation for today’s and tomorrow’s engine and powertrain designs.

"Simulation has been a key tool for the development of innovative technologies within the automotive industry. The IFP Energies nouvelles and LMS partnership provides predictive and CPU efficient simulation solutions for powertrain engineering. Automotive OEMs and suppliers have used these solutions based on a platform concept that allows them to consider a system approach for better evaluation of technologies' impact on the vehicle in terms of fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. The next challenge of this partnership is to provide advanced simulation tools to lead the development of a highly efficient powertrain and its electrification based on a system approach," states Adlène Benkenida, Powertrain Electrification and Hybridization Program Manager at IFP Energies nouvelles.

“Over the past 10 years, automotive OEMs have deployed dozens of innovative technologies, aiming at reducing fuel consumption while satisfying emissions regulation standards and keeping vehicle performances. Model-Based System Engineering has become essential for designing such complex systems as modern powertrains. Sharing methodologies and tools between ‘mechanical’ and ‘control’ design communities will be one of the next design challenges. In this context, the partnership between an expert in engine technologies and a leading partner in mechatronic system simulation will surely give birth to advanced tools to support these trends,” states Philippe Aubret, Technical Director of LMS Imagine.Lab Automotive Solutions.

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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