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ETA Collaborates with Red Cedar Technology on Industry Research for Reducing Vehicle Weight

ACP design process uses Red Cedar’s SHERPA search strategy
ETA Vehicle
Troy, MI (May 21, 2010) — Engineering Technology Associates, Inc. (ETA) has announced that its Accelerated Concept to Product (ACP) process, an advanced product development process that uses design optimization technologies to provide solutions to design problems, was successful in achieving significant weight reductions as part of the Future Generation Passenger Compartment (FGPC) project and the Future Steel Vehicle (FSV) initiative. FGPC and FSV are high-profile steel industry initiatives seeking to reduce next generation vehicle weight by 30 percent or more.

FGPC ImageETA’s ACP process uses innovative, holistic product development process with multi-disciplinary (MD) loading based on topology and 3G (geometry, grade, and gage) optimization. It incorporates Red Cedar Technology's HEEDS® Professional, a powerful software package that automates the design optimization process. HEEDS contains a unique search strategy called SHERPA, a proprietary hybrid adaptive strategy for parameter optimization.

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