The SPMM Plus is a next-generation Kinematics and Compliance (K&C) test machine developed to become a critical tool for OEMs as they shift to virtual test and validation.
The SPMM (Suspension Parameter Measurement Machine) is one of our longest-standing product ranges, known for its accuracy and reliability, that enables automotive OEMs to accelerate the design and testing of a vehicle’s suspension system by accurately measuring and analysing suspension movement whilst subjecting it to a faithful replication of on-road vehicle behaviour.
Today, we are excited to introduce you to the latest version, the SPMM Plus, our next generation K&C test machine. The SPMM Plus remains true to the original core concept that made it so successful but has now been enhanced to cater to industry’s ever-evolving challenges with:
- A new high-speed digital control system
- Increased vertical stroke capacity
- Optional high-velocity vertical actuators
- Table extension options that enable a wider range of vehicle types and sizes to be tested
One of the key objectives of the SPMM Plus was to ensure it is future-proofed for customers as Matthew Dustan, AB Dynamics Director of Laboratory Test Systems explains: “The industry is shifting rapidly towards virtual testing and validation, and the SPMM Plus is a key tool in that process. Its superior level of accuracy directly translates into better correlating vehicle models, which can be exported in one-click directly into the popular modelling packages. Importantly, in this latest generation of the SPMM, we have also made it Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) capable, further increasing its value in an OEM’s virtual development toolchain.”
The SPMM Plus is therefore ideal for OEMs, Tier-1s, testing houses or motorsport race teams that want to:
- Generate accurate digital vehicle models
- Rapidly benchmark competitor vehicles
- Monitor early series production vehicles
- Extend measurement capability to Centre of Gravity (CoG) and Moment of Inertia (MoI)
Commenting on the launch, Matthew also stated: “The first SPMM was manufactured nearly 30 years ago and has become an industry-recognised test rig, we have developed the Plus in response to the challenges facing our customers. On top of the launch itself, I’m also proud to announce that a major Japanese OEM has invested in the first rig, and it is currently in the process of being installed.”
For more information, read the full SPMM Plus press release here.