Leuven (Belgium), Roanne (France) - June 6, 2006 - LMS International and IMAGINE, today announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement to develop and market integrated solutions for the functional modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems. The integrated solutions will leverage LMS’s expertise and products for 3D system modeling and functional performance simulation, and IMAGINE’s expertise and products for physics based multidisciplinary system modeling and simulation. Both parties will deliver combined solutions for mechatronic system analysis, based on interoperability between LMS Virtual.Lab Motion and IMAGINE AMESim.
In view of the increased use of active systems to improve product performance, the engineering of mechatronic systems has become a key driver to deliver innovation in mechanical product design. The relentless pressure to reduce development time and engineering costs, forces development groups to engineer the functional performance of these mechatronic systems from the early concept stage on. Manufacturers have to optimize the interaction between mechanical, hydraulic, electric systems before committing to time-consuming prototype testing. This requires a close integration between multidisciplinary system simulation methods, that are used to model the performance of various actuators and control systems, with 3D multibody mechanism simulation applications, to assess the performance of such mechatronic systems.
Through the partnership, users of LMS Virtual.Lab Motion and IMAGINE AMESim will benefit from a seamless interface between both applications. It enables engineers to use AMESim to build high fidelity models of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electric drives and control systems, and seamlessly interface these with 3D mechanical models in LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, to run simulations of mechatronic systems.
“We expect tremendous benefits for our mutual customer communities through the integration of the AMESim capabilities with LMS Virtual.Lab Motion. Our integration efforts allow controls design teams and mechanical engineering groups to optimize the critical interaction between mechanical and mechatronic systems throughout the product development process,” commented Dr. Vincent Braibant, Chairman of the Board of IMAGINE.
“The tight integration of system modeling, with 3D modeling of mechanisms for integrated mechatronic system performance analysis, offers the required response to the increased use of active systems in automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries,” commented Dr. Urbain Vandeurzen, LMS Chairman and CEO. “As a result, we support our customers in reaching superior levels of product innovation, shortening design cycles and reducing development costs.”
"The automotive industry is constantly challenged by delivering more product innovation, while controlling time, risks and cost in development. This drives forward requirement for new, more encompassing simulation solutions, which may require different suppliers to work together in an open innovation model. Partnerships like the one between LMS and IMAGINE are therefore of great value for us,” commented Bruno Hazet, Head of the Technical and Scientific Resources department of PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN’s Vehicle Functional Performance Division.
About IMAGINE: IMAGINE is establishing around the world as the leading and preferred supplier of solutions for multidisciplinary functional System Simulation. For more than 10 years, IMAGINE develops, markets and maintains AMESim®, a modeling & simulation platform that integrates multi-disciplinary system simulation into one single environment. Since its inception in 1986, IMAGINE has grown rapidly into a pace setter with operations in North America, Europe and the Far East. Software and services offered by IMAGINE enforce system functional performance analysis throughout all the phases of a product development program, shortening time to market and driving for design efficiency, whether in the automotive, aerospace and industrial areas. References include world-class companies such as Bosch, Dassault, PSA Peugeot Citroën, General Motors, Delphi, Nissan, Snecma, Toyota, Renault, Ford, and many others. Further information at http:
About LMS: LMS is an engineering innovation partner for companies in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. LMS enables its customers to get better products faster to market, and to turn superior process efficiency to their strategic competitive advantage. LMS delivers a unique combination of virtual simulation software, testing systems, and engineering services. We are focused on the mission critical performance attributes in key manufacturing industries, including structural integrity, handling, safety, reliability, comfort and sound quality. Through our technology, people and over 25 years of experience, LMS has become the partner of choice for most of the leading discrete manufacturing companies worldwide. LMS, a Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA partner, is certified to ISO9001:2000 quality standards and operates through a network of subsidiaries and representatives in key locations around the world. For more information on LMS, visit
About LMS Virtual.Lab: LMS Virtual.Lab offers an integrated software suite to simulate the performance of mechanical systems in terms of structural integrity, noise and vibration, durability, system dynamics, ride and handling and dynamic motion and other attributes. LMS Virtual.Lab covers all the critical process steps and required technologies to perform an end-to-end assessment of a design in each of these key disciplines, long before committing to expensive tooling and physical prototype testing . Using Virtual.Lab, engineering teams can quickly and effectively analyze a multitude of design options, and drive major design choices from the perspective of key performance attributes. LMS Virtual.Lab is based on CAA V5, the open middleware for PLM from Dassault Systèmes. LMS Virtual.Lab has been successfully deployed at key international companies, including Airbus, BMW, Boeing, Embraer, Ford, GM, Honda, Mitsubishi and PSA Peugeot Citroën.
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