Toyoda Gosei Europe Cuts Lead Times in Half Using Virtual Prototyping

Virtual Performance
Ground Transportation
“By using ESI Virtual Performance Solution’s airbag module for airbag folding and sewing, the accuracy and lead time for developing complex Knee Airbag (KnAB) have improved drastically. Besides the advanced and user-friendly software products, ESI’s outstanding support allowed Toyoda Gosei Europe to further improve our simulation-driven development process significantly.”
Alexander Diederich Group Leader CAE Toyoda Gosei Europe

Challenge

Constant changes to automotive safety regulations put pressure on suppliers to build better products with shorter lead times. For Toyoda Gosei Europe, the lead time to build Complex Folded Knee Airbag models (KnAB) became a big challenge. It was imperative to optimize their folding process, improve the quality of their products, lower costs, and deliver in less time than before.

Story

Ever changing automotive safety regulations constantly put pressure on suppliers to build better products within shorter lead times. For Toyoda Gosei Europe (TGE), faced with the challenge of shortening the lead time to build Complex Folded Knee Airbag models (KnAB), they turned to Virtual Prototyping to optimize their airbag. This virtual prototype had to account for manufacturing by virtually modeling the airbag’s folding and sewing processes. Read more.

Benefits

Once Toyoda Gosei Europe (TGE) implemented ESI Virtual Performance Solution’s airbag module into their process, the accuracy and lead time for building complex folded Knee Airbag (KnAB) simulation models improved drastically. Additionally, with access to parametrization, TGE could now conduct tolerance studies and develop robust KnAB modules virtually.