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For a long (car) life – Nissan optimizes the durability of its cars using Siemens PLM Software solutions

In recent years, Nissan has recorded rising sales figures, establishing itself as a leading automobile manufacturer.

In order to satisfy future customer needs and to increase demand further, Nissan relies on two key elements: High quality and extended durability. For European customers, these two terms are almost the same thing. The primary task of the department responsible for this at the Nissan Technical Center Spain (NTCE-S) is therefore testing the vehicles and their components for their durability. In order to continuously improve the service life of the vehicles, NTCE-S has invested in the most up-to-date test software from Siemens. Simcenter allows the experts in Spain to set up an end-to-end solution for test-based durability engineering.

Engineers benefit from the compactness and flexibility of Simcenter Scadas hardware when performing a range of tests in different environments. 

Flexible hardware

As the engineers have to transport the equipment for the tests to different test environments, they benefit from the compact design and flexibility of the Simcenter Scadas hardware. “We use Simcenter Scadas for all our data acquisition tasks,” says Arturo Barreu, Test Engineer in the Function and Durability Department at NTCE-S. Beyond data acquisition, the team streamlined its vehicle durability engineering process by relying on Simcenter Testlab software for load and fatigue analysis. The software effectively supports every step of a testing campaign, from data acquisition to load classification and fatigue life prediction.

All the relevant data is acquired with just one piece of Scadas hardware and analyzed in the same software environment. At the Nissan Technical Center Spain, all the vehicle components are specifically tested for quality and durability.

All in one

All durability and NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) data is acquired using the same Simcenter Scadas hardware, and the analysis is performed in a single software environment, making it a very efficient process for the engineering team. “We are testing more and more electronic components and fewer mechanical parts. The collaboration with Siemens is essential to adapt to these changes and to validate these new components,” summarizes Barreu.

Collaboration with Siemens is essential for Nissan when it comes to adapting to changing market and design requirements.

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