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Magna Powertrain enhances productivity with engineering software

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Automotive supplier Magna Powertrain is using LMS Test.Lab to shorten in-vehicle NVH test cycles by 50 per cent. The company uses the LMS systems to optimise the NVH performance of powertrains and drivelines it designs and manufacturers for cars, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles. 

Based in St Valentin, Austria, the company uses the advanced testing technology in developing components and integrating complete systems into vehicle designs for major automotive manufacturers including BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and others. The firm is a subsidiary of Magna International, the world's largest brand-independent engineering and manufacturing supplier in the automotive industry. 

The NVH system implemented at Magna Powertrain consists of the LMS Test Lab software suite and multiple LMS SCADAS Mobile front-end units, each with 40 data acquisition channels and versatile signal-conditioning capabilities. The lightweight, laptop-size units are easily transported and can be quickly set up on the front passenger seat of a vehicle with the help of test-scenario templates and convenient transducer verification/calibration. 

A single operator driving the test vehicle readily conducts the test via convenient remote controls and real-time monitoring capabilities that provide results as tests are being run. The user interface of LMS Test.Lab has been specially tuned for mobile testing applications. Large displays show key parameters and analysis curves, so the operator sees at a glance the progress of the test and the validity of data being acquired. Magna testing teams use the systems for in-vehicle testing at customer sites, as well as for testing full vehicles and drivetrains in the lab during product development.