World's Most Advanced Tire Testing System Now Operational
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 11, 2013
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation
(NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and
position sensors, today announced that the world's most advanced tire testing
system is now fully operational at the National Tire Research Center (NTRC) in
Alton, Virginia. The Flat-Trac LTRe Tire Testing System is unique in its
ability to accurately apply complex, real-world driving maneuvers to passenger
vehicle, light truck and even racing car tires in a controlled, repeatable
laboratory setting. Data generated by these tests are used by OEMs and tire
manufacturers to optimize vehicle safety and performance.
"The Flat-Trac LTRe delivers the high-power density and performance bandwidth
required to test a very wide range of tires up to and beyond their physical
limits," said Dr. Rich Baker, General Manager of MTS Test. "Its ability to
replicate real-world maneuvers with high fidelity represents a real step
forward in tire testing. Not only does it enable that thousands of
simulations can be run in the same amount of time it takes to complete a
single test on a track, it also paves the way for new test methodologies such
as hybrid simulation, which combines the test system with a computer model to
evaluate a tire's interaction with other vehicle components and subsystems."
Designed to meet demanding NTRC specifications, the Flat-Trac LTRe is capable
of simulating a wide variety of operating conditions and driving events. For
example, it is the first laboratory-based test system capable of replicating
maneuvers required by U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 126.
This standard requires that all new cars and trucks sold in the United States
weighing less than 10,000 pounds have an electronic stability control (ESC)
system capable of handling a complex j-turn maneuver (rapid 270-degree
counterclockwise steer input followed by 540-degree clockwise overcorrection).
Regarding the implications of the new system's capabilities, Frank Della Pia,
NTRC Executive Director, commented, "We're creating a whole new genre of
testing. There will not be a peer facility for the NTRC. When you add up all
the capabilities the NTRC has to offer, it's going to be a transformational
leap in tire technology."
"Tires play a critical role in overall vehicle performance, safety and energy
efficiency. The revolutionary MTS Flat-Trac test system at NTRC will enable
OEMs and tire manufacturers to more effectively develop the safer,
higher-performing vehicles the world demands," said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS
President and CEO. "We're confident that the result of our collaboration with
NTRC will be a lasting positive impact on the future of tire and vehicle
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test
systems and position sensors. The Company's testing hardware and software
solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and
manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior
of materials, products, and structures. MTS's high-performance position
sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular
applications. MTS had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the
fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be
found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
SOURCE MTS Systems Corporation
Contact: Susan Knight, Chief Financial Officer, +1-952-937-4000
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