Customer Success Story: Pratt & Miller Engineering Uses HEEDS MDO to Optimize Military Vehicle Ride and Handling
Pratt & Miller Engineering has evolved from a small business focused on designing and building race cars into an international engineering powerhouse. Today, Pratt & Miller is recognized around the world as a formidable force in both motorsports and high-level engineering.
Pratt & Miller's use of HEEDS MDO to optimize the ride and handling of a military vehicle (HMMWV) was recently featured in MSC Software's Simulating Reality magazine.
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“We believe in HEEDS and have seen tremendous benefit as we’ve applied it on several internal programs with great success. HEEDS integrates well with our internal tools, as well as with the MSC products we represent and use. Because of our confidence in this technology, we have committed to reselling it and working closely with Red Cedar Technology to share it both with our customers and prospects.” - Mark Palmieri, Pratt & Miller Engineering
Wartime operations place their heaviest burden on the men and women of the armed forces. Military vehicle manufacturers must constantly grapple with building products that aid soldiers in the field, instead of impeding them. This means driving mass lower and performance higher, all while maintaining the safety of the occupants.
Vehicles must be able to effectively transport soldiers to where they're needed, while protecting them from the many threats they encounter, in particular blasts from IEDs. For the defense and military vehicle manufacturer, continuous innovation is imperative for designing more durable vehicles that perform consistently better in tests of crash and blast worthiness.
Increased usage levels during wartime, and the threat of IEDs, have forced engineers to re-examine old design assumptions and reassess fleet vehicle requirements. To be successful, defense equipment manufacturers will be forced to innovate, reduce costs, and get to market faster if they want to get the bid before their competitors.
For the last decade, leading manufacturers of defense vehicles and equipment have leveraged the power of HEEDS to discover next-generation designs that come in under cost projections and meet all necessary constraints. With an extensive feature set, robust searches, and an intuitive user interface, HEEDS represents an invaluable tool for streamlining the design process and lowering lead-time. HEEDS solutions for the defense industry provide vehicle designs that are lighter-weight, more fuel efficient, and safer. HEEDS has been used to optimize the following defense components:
• Engine Components
• Sensors and Antennae
• Hatches and Doors
• Drive Trains and Transmissions
• IED-resistant/Driver-protective Hulls
• Ballistics Protection for Engine, Transmission, Battery, and Tire Components