Leading tractor manufacturer uses Simcenter Amesim to reduce development time by up to 30 percent

Mar 29, 2019 | Off Road Equipment, Simcenter Amesim, Simulation Software

Simcenter Amesim enables SDF to enhance design validation approach and system performance

Delivering at the right price and time

Given climate and harvest period uncertainty, downtime has a price that farmers cannot afford to pay. The level of upfront investment for agricultural machinery with the latest technologies also has a strong impact on purchasing decisions. It is only natural in this context that SDF constantly revisits its design and production costs and timeline.

Further, stricter environmental regulations on carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), as well as customer interest in limiting fuel consumption, confirm that manufacturers need to constantly and quickly adapt their equipment offer. The latest European (Stage IV) and United States (Tier 4) regulations require an 80 percent cut in nitrogen oxides compared with previous levels, already down 50 percent compared to Stage IIIA/Tier 3.

SDF is adjusting its FARMotion signature engine technology accordingly.

Delivering at the right price and time

“In order to give final customers new state-of-the-art tractors, concepts like time-to-market and value-for-money are becoming more and more important for our company”

Lubrication systems are an essential component of an engine. The systems play a fundamental role in ensuring high efficiency in fuel consumption and engine emissions as well as lowering the maintenance needs of the vehicle. Therefore, SDF continuously evaluates its traditional lubrication systems to improve the general performance of its FARMotion engine.

To complement testing and reduce development times, the SDF Engine Validation Department switched to model-based systems engineering (MBSE). MBSE enables them to considerably reduce iterations between the design and testing phases. The department started with different simulation software, but quickly decided to change to Simcenter Amesim.

“ By using Simcenter Amesim, the development phase can be reduced significantly, up to 30 percent in some cases.”


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