News Releases 2019Meiden starts operation of test bench system for validation of EV motors

Meidensha Corporation (Meiden) has started operating a demonstration system to evaluate the performance of motors for electric vehicles (EV) at dynamometer R&D laboratory of Ohta Works on August 1, 2019. The system, equipped with simulation software provided by FEV Japan Co., Ltd., was introduced not only for product promotion but also for conducting tests for clients and R&D for Meiden’s EV-related business operations.

Meiden sealed a partnership with FEV Japan, a wholly owned subsidiary of FEV Group Holding GmbH of Germany, in March 2019.

The equipment is a new testing system that combines Meiden’s dynamometer and measurement control panel with FEV’s software called “MORPHEE” and “xMOD”. The former software “MORPHEE” carries out automation, real-time simulations, and the later software “xMOD” facilitates co simulations of several computer-aided engineering (CAE) models. The new system is capable of carrying out simulations using various types of model software and conducting a simulated evaluation of the fuel consumption and car body validation by only examining the EV motor.

We at Meiden will contribute to making our clients’ development of automobiles and related products more efficient and shortening the lead time required by utilizing the model-based evaluation method in the development process.

Meiden is a pioneer in having both business operations in manufacturing motors and inverters for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles and in offering products and services related to automotive testing systems. In its Medium-Term Management Plan 2020, Meiden has positioned automotive-related businesses as a growth field. Meiden will do its utmost to further improve the quality of its products and its mass-production technology and expand the scale of its business by enhancing the performance of its testing facilities to help proliferate the use of EVs and strengthen its simulation and analysis capabilities. These actions will lead to the creation of new technologies and values together with the clients and corporate partners.

Meiden’s dynamometer business
Meiden has been a pioneer in automotive testing systems, having sold Japan’s first dynamometer in 1920 and the nation’s first chassis dynamometer in 1927. In addition, it started selling a roller dynamometer, which won the Ohm Technology Award from the Promotion Foundation for Electrical Science and Engineering in 1985. The company has sold numerous testing systems to the research centers of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and other institutions as well as automobile manufacturers and parts suppliers. It has helped implement environmental measures such as improvement of fuel consumption and noise and exhaust gas emissions.

The number of processes for designing and developing automobiles is on high functions needed for Electrification, Safety function ,Connected and so on as well as the diversification of powertrains owing to strengthened environmental regulations around the world. Therefore, it has become ever more important to shorten the lead-time needed for development while ensuring quality, thus prompting Meiden to develop efficient testing systems with CAE in line with the accelerating digital era and electrification of automobiles. Furthermore, Meiden is conducting engineering business for clients and developing testing systems on next-generation.

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