Linamar partners with Brüel & Kjær to develop its automotive engineering solutions
Ontario-based Linamar - one of Canada's largest automotive parts company - has partnered with Brüel & Kjær to work on the development of Linamar's products and automotive engineering solutions.
In 2003, Linamar acquired McLaren Performance Technologies, under which Linamar's product development group is organized at three locations, including Livonia, Michigan, USA.
The modern engine testing facility in Livonia can operate around the clock and houses 16 dynamometer test cells capable of doing endurance and reliability testing, steady state emissions testing, engine build tear down evaluation, powertrain engineering and design, noise and vibration studies. The NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) group at McLaren focuses on gearboxes, drivelines, power transfer units (PTU) and rear drive units (RDU).
In 2010, Linamar commissioned a brand new NVH/ Durability testing facility at the Livonia site. Dr. Mike Browne, an Engineering Specialist with McLaren Performance Technologies (NVH, Driveline Systems/Powertrain Engineering department) was heavily involved in building this facility from the ground up.
Dr. Browne introduced Brüel & Kjær's data acquisition system, PULSE into Linamar, as he had successfully worked with Brüel & Kjær on the implementation of end-of-line product test systems using Production Test Advisor (PTA), at a previous job.
The new facility now boasts expanded capabilities for measurement of gear mesh excitation and Transmitted Error (TE). In addition to its existing Mini-TE test stand, the facility now has two new, state-of-the-art assembly test stands. As well as TE, radiated noise and other critical NVH characteristics, these test stands provide flexible, efficient and controlled operating conditions to determine the assembly level excitations during various operating conditions.
The TE and Mini-TE test stands both use a PULSE front-end as the primary data acquisition system(analysis frequency range of 0 - 25.6 kHz) and a Brüel & Kjær Optical Tachometer. The new test stands also include a PULSE Data Acquisition System - 30-channels with Analysis Frequency Range of 0 - 25.6 kHz and 12 Aux. Channel Tracking.
About Linamar Corporation
Linamar Corporation is a world-class designer and diversified manufacturer of precision metallic components and systems for the automotive, energy, consumer and mobile industries. From the entrepreneurial seeds planted by the dynamic founder and current Chairman, Mr. Frank Hasenfratz, Linamar has evolved into a $2.2 Billion company with over 17000 employees and 39 manufacturing facilities located in Canada, USA, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, China and France. Linamar also has five product development centres and fourteen sales offices.
About Brüel & Kjær
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration measurement systems. Brüel & Kjær helps its customers measure and manage the quality of sound and vibration in their products and in the environment. Focus areas are aerospace, space, defence, automotive, ground transportation, airport environment, urban environment, telecom, and audio.
Brüel & Kjær has an unparalleled portfolio of sound and vibration equipment, and is a renowned deliverer of innovative instrumentation, including sound level meters, microphones, accelerometers, conditioning amplifiers, calibrators, noise and vibration analysers and software. To see the full range of products and systems, please visit www.bksv.com.
Brüel & Kjær also runs a variety of training courses, from basic introductions to noise and its effects to more specialized classes teaching customers how to get the most out of their equipment. Free, online training courses - conducted by our expert engineers - run throughout the year too. For all course registration details visit www.bksv.com/courses
Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc (www.spectris.com) which has annual sales of £1.1bn and employs around 7,500 people worldwide across its four business segments
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Bruel & Kjaer
Telephone: 01223 389 800