Your engineering partner in developinghigh performance products
LMS engineers work with customers to solve their most critical problems and often make thedifference between successful product launches and costly repairs or even failures. Experiencedin critical performance attributes the team’s unique balance of skills, engineering experience andprocess know-how turns attribute engineering into a strategic competitive advantage.
A unique track record in mechanical development
Over the past decades, LMS Engineering Services has developed a unique track record in supporting leading companies inengineering innovative products and optimizing their development processes. LMS offers a unique combination of engineering skills, development experience, andapplication know-how. LMS support its customers in optimizing systems for keyfunctional performance attributes, including acoustics, NVH, durability, system dynamics, ride and handling, performance, emissions and structural integrity.
Covering the complete development process
LMS enables customers to analyze and optimize adesign’s real-life performance from the early concept stage onwards. In addition to saving time and money, this allows development teams to drive major design choices from the styling, packaging and performance perspective.Throughout the detailed design and engineering phase, LMS project teams excel at detecting weak spots, identifying root causes, and delivering valuable insight intime to affect design decisions. LMS quickly diagnoses late-stage development problems and develops pragmatic solutions with minimal impact on the structure’s weight, cost and time to market.
Providing a lasting return on investment
LMS provides a lasting return on investment through an open working relationship and a direct transfer ofknowledge and best practices to its customers. Backed by a large software development team, LMS developsand deploys innovative tools and methodologies to eliminate process bottlenecks. The unique combination of development support and process re-engineering capabilities allows LMS to support customers in deploying a powerful development process – with high throughput and precision. A process that delivers the right products– designed right first time.
Developing a design that meets engineering and business benefits
In designing complex products, it is difficult to predicthow the entire mechanical system will operate once allthe individual parts and assemblies are put together and the start button is pressed. That is when, in many cases, dynamics related issues such as vibrations, noise, large internal forces, excessive wear, impacts between components and fatigue failure surface. Our objective isto develop a well-balanced design that meets both your qualitative and bottom-line requirements such as weight reduction, production efficiency and shortened time to market.
- Noise - Legislation on noise emitted from productsis becoming increasingly stringent, as are customer expectations regarding sound levels. In many cases, a product that is otherwise well designed and operates as it should might not do well in the market or even comply with regulations because it is too noisy.
- Sound quality - In many cases, the goal is not necessarily to quiet the product but to tune its sound to convey aproduct message. The firm closing sound of a freezer door gives consumers confidence of a tight seal, and the humming of a vacuum cleaner indicates its power level. In some cases, a characteristic sound of a particular product such as a car, motorcycle or snowmobile, for example, conveys a brand identity that differentiates it from competitors.
- Vibrations - Levels of vibration in certain tools and machines are often restricted by regulations as well as market requirements for user comfort. Moreover, excessive vibrations and resonances ofte ninterfere with the proper operation of mechanica lcomponents or the precision of complex machinery.
- Kinematics and dynamics - In many mechanical assemblies, components are continuously subjected to changes in speed and travel direction, which may resultin kinematics and dynamics problems. The structure may deform under inertial loads, for example, reducing the accuracy and speed of production equipment. Also, unintended collision between parts is often thesource of noise, vibration and fatigue problems.
- Fatigue failure - Cyclic loading and unloading of components, even at load levels well below thestatic strength limit, may over time lead to theinitiation of small fatigue cracks in the materialand the final breakdown of the component.
- Controls engineering - Mastering the complexity of next-generation products and development processes has become a major challenge for most manufacturers. Engineers are currently facing a paradigm shift whereby the mechanics, electronics and software in a new designwill simultaneously be optimized as an integrated mechatronics system.
- Performance - As legislation dictates ever more stringent regulations and time to market shortens, providing the right levels of performance to comply with market demand and brand image becomes key in any OEM's positioning strategy. Next to the hybrid and electrical engines, more power is squeezed out of ever smaller and more fuel-efficient classical combustion engines to lower emission.
- Emission - In today's automotive and other markets, reducing emission levels as such is not enough. At the same time, the vehicle's drivability, brand image and production cost need to be improved as well. On top of that, there's only a limited timeframe to work in: launching green vehicles into the market earlier than your competitor is a critical success factor.