MTS Test System Accelerates Development of Lighter, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

19th November 2012

MTS Systems Corporation, a global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, announced the demonstration of a new, state-of-the-art electric power steering testing system. This system is designed to help automotive manufacturers develop lighter, more effective and advanced electric power steering (EPS) systems, enabling them to better meet consumer demand for greater fuel efficiency and vehicle performance.

EPS provides multiple advantages for automotive design, including reduced weight and engine noise, as well as redirecting more of the available horsepower to the vehicle. The increased available horsepower can be translated into higher performance or enhanced fuel-efficiency at the discretion of auto developers, to meet an ever more demanding range of consumer needs and governmental requirements around the world.

“This innovation is a direct result of the unmatched expertise that MTS has acquired over four decades, by working closely with the leading automotive developers,” said Rich Baker, Senior Vice President of MTS Test. “Driver feel often dominates new vehicle reviews by media experts and the ultimate popularity of a new model with consumers, and EPS can be tuned to provide very specific driver feedback.  Use of this technology is fast becoming the industry-preferred development approach, enabling our customers to bring differentiated products to the marketplace quicker.”

Electric Power Steering systems, unlike traditional power steering systems, do not have a belt-driven hydraulic pump constantly running which helps to reduce fuel consumption. Furthermore, the system needs less components which helps to reduce the weight of the vehicle as well as reducing manufacturing and maintenance time.