Inform

automotive / vehicle technology sectors

The vehicle technology sector is concerned with the conception, design, calculation and simulation, test / experiment and the operation of the complete vehicle system and its individual components.

inform and its engineers and technicians (m/f) work with the most recognised and renowned vehicle manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers (OES) in the automotive sector.

Hereby the inform GmbH covers the complete engineering value add chain and offers services in the most divers areas.

The automotive sector is the company’s main focus area and inform has 20 years of branch competence and experience, especially in the areas of passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

We are happy to provide our competence and thus help our customers to get the best and most innovative vehicles out on the road.

Powertrain

Engine and transmission

The engine and the transmission are the major parts of the drive in all vehicles. The amount of effort needed today in order to develop and manufacture competitive drive chains, which fulfil customers’ requirements (power, consumption and durability) and also conform to the legal requirements, is enormous.

As a result of the intense competitive rivalry over the last years, the development times have been drastically reduced. From the start, a successful drive train must be developed goal-oriented and optimised, in order to fulfil the high requirements in the shortest possible time. This requires a high level of competence and a good understanding of the technical details.

With its powertrain development centres, inform supports the customers in all phases of the development of engine and transmission, from the concept analysis via the calculation and design through to experiment and project management.

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Examples of the assistance and support in the development of an engine through to volume production:

  • Building and support of a concept engine for the practical feasibility study, design, assembly and test bed support with subsequent evaluation.
  • Calculation and simulation in the area of flow mechanics, durability and vibration engineering
  • Development and optimisation of individual engine or transmission components
  • Development of sensor and actuator systems
  • Endurance run test bed support and monitoring
  • Application activities for thermodynamic optimisation
  • Exhaust emission treatment analyses, RDE test drives and evaluations.
  • Functional development and HiL test automation
  • Project management and vendor support
  • FMEA analyses
  • Workshop activities, upgrading, downgrading and refitting of vehicles
  • etc.

Chassis

Chassis, handling dynamics

The chassis give the vehicle its character and its typical handling. In addition actuators and sensors make its components significantly more intelligent and efficient. As a result of cross-linking a more and more anticipatory reacting system is created.

Furthermore lightweight materials play a greater role in the further development of the chassis. The optimisation of the energy efficiency and the power losses in the chassis also have a significant influence on reducing the CO2 in the vehicle.

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The use of assistant systems and the cross-linking of the vehicle have an effect on our future chassis. Here inform, with its experts, supports the customers in divers phases of the development. From the concept definition through the calculation and design up to experiment and project management.

Examples for support by inform - from development to production maturity:

  • Development of chassis systems and driver assistance systems
  • Design, calculation and simulation of individual components
  • Development and optimisation of individual components and analysis within the complete system
  • Development and integration of brake systems
  • Development of sensor and actuator systems
  • Test and experiment for validation
  • Project management and vendor support
  • FMEA analyses
  • etc.

Electrics and electronics

The cross-linking of all electrical components (for example in vehicles) is called the vehicle wiring system. In an average midrange vehicle approximately 3 km of cable with a weight of about 50 kg are installed.
Since modern and innovative vehicles require more and more electricity, 48 volt networks will become the standard (currently: 12 volt networks). ELECTRICS & ELECTRONICS

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