Simulation and Calculation as the Foundation for Satisfied Customers
Simulation Meets Efficiency.
Kiekert has established a simultaneous method that integrates calculation and design into one process step.
"Simultaneous engineering" makes it possible to realize demands of the future such as weight reduction, miniaturization and acoustic optimization with reduced development time and capacities.
In virtual production development, finite elements calculations, multi-body simulations, tolerance analyses and injection molding simulations come into use. Safety-related components, assemblies and complete closure systems are tested. During our simulation sequence program DSP&R (design, simulation plan and report), we ensure that the specifications and product requirements of legislators, automobile manufacturers as well as internal specifications are taken into consideration and product-related processes are optimized. The program we use standardly prescribes over 90 different calculations.
Use of the most modern simulation tools accelerates the test cycle to a great extent. This is how the time to market even for high-safety systems, such as our side-door locking systems, can be reduced to a minimum. To ensure maximum quality and safety, up to 800 working hours are invested in the simulation process of products. Right in the forefront of our product test, we simulate up to 90% of the volumes. Continuous calibration of the simulations with our actual product validations allows us to steadily increase the precision and quality of the results.
In comparison to the actual product validation, the simulation allows testing of influences with multiple parameters. In the process, the worst-case scenarios cover product series of over 20 million latches.
The simulation processes at Kiekert are developed continuously. Even today, the reliability of our simultaneous calculations and simulations is very high. And that's accompanied by a concurrently decreasing number of required test cycles.
We use esteemed high-end software tools to constantly increase efficiency. We intensively oversee the development of suitable material models and analysis processes for determining fatigue strength. At the same time, we consistently continue to optimize and develop our processes.