Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is bringing in Siemens PLM software to assist with vehicle parts design, in particular managing the testing and simulation of those parts.
The automaker is adding the tools to the software, mostly developed in-house, that Mitsubishi uses to capture design data, said Dave Taylor, Siemens PLM senior global director of automotive and machinery industry marketing.
The Siemens PLM Teamcenter software also will make it easier for Mitsubishi to distribute the data to its global design operations, he said.
Mitsubishi unveiled the agreement with Siemens PLM in April. Taylor declined to reveal terms of the contract.
The Siemens PLM software will link product design with the necessary computer simulation to stress-test the parts virtually and evaluate them in other ways, Taylor said.
Automakers can simulate the force at which a part will fail so they can engineer it with the right materials and the right amount of those materials to prevent waste, he said.
The Mitsubishi contract comes on the heels of a major Siemens PLM win at Chrysler Group. As Automotive News reported last week, Siemens PLM will replace CATIA design software, made by Dassault Systemes, at Chrysler on certain future vehicles that will be jointly developed with Fiat S.p.A., and possibly all future Chrysler vehicles.