Vehicle system integration guidelines for component suppliers


Help OEMs recognize your value, while helping achieve their vision of the future

Vehicle system integration manager studies a holographic virtual prototype of an electric generator.

Vehicle system integration is the complex process of bringing together components and subsystems into one integrated system, ensuring they all work together as intended.

When receiving system targets, component suppliers only get access to partial information. Having a limited view on the intended operational use, the overall targets, the target cascading, etc., makes it hard to come up with a design that ensures the correct system interaction with other components and the desired overall performances after vehicle system integration.

This webinar explains how to overcome the challenges related to limited detailed early design information or the risk of potentially missing system interaction with other components during the vehicle system integration process. By focusing on technology and innovation, Simcenter solutions help obtain a better design faster and perform virtual prototyping at the full vehicle level, early in the design.

Accomplish vehicle system integration at full vehicle level early in the design using virtual prototyping

Watch the vehicle system integration webinar and find out how to:

  • Evaluate component behavior in full vehicle condition for a better design faster
  • Enhance the relationship with the OEM by assisting in setting realistic component design targets
  • Solve system interaction issues before they occur using virtual prototyping
  • Frontload full vehicle level system validation enabling quick assessment of large numbers of design variants and permanent proactive control of vehicle performances

The presented approach will help OEMs recognize your value – while helping achieve their vision of the future.

Punch Powertrain deploys a virtual prototyping process to cut development time by at least a factor of 2

Full system and component supplier of fuel-efficient powertrains, Punch Powertrain, only selects the best concepts that deliver the highest functional performance and customer satisfaction, while minimizing fuel consumption and emissions.

Read the case study to understand how Simcenter helped Punch Powertrain implement an efficient, virtual prototyping process for vibro-acoustic optimization of electrical motors. The partnership resulted in a change in the conceptual design of the motor.

“This validated model allowed us to virtually simulate all the variations we had in mind,” says Diederik Brems, mechanical engineer at Punch Powertrain. “When we consider that it took only half a year to put this process in place, we can definitely say that the total development time has been reduced by at least a factor of two. Even more importantly, we implemented some drastic changes on different levels to the structure, the control strategy and even the topological configuration.”

Anticipate system interaction before vehicle system integration using model-based development

Once assembled, system interaction between the different components might occur. Manufacturers need to shift the workload from the prototype testing to virtual prototyping to reduce the risk of late troubleshooting.

Vehicle system integration in the concept phase using a model-based development (MBD) approach empowers manufacturers to better evaluate multiple vehicles’ architectures and variants while reducing development time and costs.

Watch the on-demand webinar and find out how an MBD approach pushes the boundaries of vehicle NVH performance optimization. This approach helps solve not only clutch judder issues but also booming noise, rattle, tip-in/tip-out or engine start-stop vibrations, electric motor torque ripple, and many other NVH and acoustics problems.

Targeting system and component suppliers

Although this solution is primarily designed for automotive component suppliers and vehicle system integration managers, vehicle OEMs can equally benefit from these insights. An improved relation between supplier-OEM correlates to the benefits the OEM receives from its suppliers — including new technology, lower pricing and best supplier support — all of which contribute to the OEM's operating profit and competitive strength.

This topic combines engineering insight from simulation and test. It is addressed to system simulation, 3D CAE and testing communities.

A system integrated approach allows to detect potential NVH, drivability, fuel efficiency, vehicle dynamics, strength or durability issues early on. Needless to say, the effect of system optimizations in the early design stages positively impact your overall cost and time-to-market.