The patented Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) Process® has revolutionized and streamlined the product development process, through optimization led design. The performance-driven development process relies heavily on simulations to meet timing and budget targets, whereas the traditional processes have been built around a build-test philosophy.
The key benefits of the ACP Process include the capabilty to reduce product development costs by 10-15%, product mass by 20-25% and product development time by 30-35%, while improving product performance in terms of stiffness, NVH, crash/safety, durability.
This technique is a proprietary, performance-driven, holistic product design development method, which is based on design optimization. ACP incorporates the use of multiple CAE tools to generate an optimal design solution. The 3G Optimization is employed and allows engineers to design a concept model using a holistic design approach. It incorporates material types and its properties (Grade and Gauge), Geometry (shape) and manufacturing processes for the optimum weight and performance.
Contrary to conventional methods where just one or a few design concepts are evaluated, the ACP process allows for hundreds of design concepts under multiple load conditions. Only the concepts that meet all of the design targets and manufacturing constraints are initiated. The resulting concept(s) is designed, analyzed and optimized using loading, manufacturing, material, and cost constraints. CAD data is then generated for the optimal design. Next, our team takes the design to the production level (preparing it for manufacturing) based on the available manufacturing processes and provides production support.
- Full Vehicle Development
ETA is a global engineering company with offices in the US, China and India, along with licensed distributors throughout Europe and Asia. As an advanced engineering services and software provider, We have over 37 years of experience working with OEMs and suppliers within the automotive, truck, and bus industries. This experience has also translated into many other industries over the years, including aerospace, military vehicles, medical products, appliances, consumer electronics and renewable resources.
With our extensive experience, we are able to provide engineering services for product design and structural simulation support (crash/safety, durability, NVH, ride, dynamics and optimization). The ETA team has worked on over 40 full vehicle programs including cars, buses, and trucks. Along with managing project cost and timing forecasts, concept design, CAE analysis, manufacturing, test and validation/ homologation, and product release.
ETA is well equipped to handle the complex requirements of full vehicle design and development. Prior experience partnering with international OEM’s on full vehicle programs highlights an ability to manage intricate relationships and design schedules across borders. This is why numerous OEM’s have chosen to utilize ETA’s expertise over the years, which has allowed ETA to develop an incredibly comprehensive resume of full vehicle engineering services.
ETA’s Full Vehicle Experience Includes:
– 1989: 12 Vehicles
- GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles including sedans, coupes, pick-up trucks, SUV’s, minivans
– 1995: 10 Vehicles
- Programs completed with international OEM’s in Asia for Isuzu, Daewoo, Kia, Hyundai
– 2000: 10 Vehicles
- Programs for GM and DaimlerChrysler
– 2005: 4 Vehicles
- All programs for Nissan
– 2013: 8 Vehicles
- 3 school bus programs for Blue Bird, Navistar and Thomas Built Buses
- Design of HUMVEE military truck for the National Automotive Center (NAC)
- 3 commercial vehicles including passenger buses for North American Bus Industries (NABI) and Mitsubishi Fuso, as well as a light truck for Mitsubishi Fuso
- FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) battery electric concept car for WorldAutoSteel