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Altair has launched the automotive industry’s first award program created specifically to acknowledge innovations in vehicle light-weighting, thereby improving fuel economy and performance.
According to Altair, its inaugural Altair Enlighten Award, presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will recognise achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry from motorcycles to passenger cars, light-trucks to commercial vehicles and buses. It says achievements demonstrating the merits of a mixed material light-weighting solution will be encouraged.
Altair says the award aligns with the goals of CAR’s Coalition for Automotive Light-weighting Materials (CALM) initiative. The purpose of the CALM initiative is to support the cost-effective integration of mixed materials to achieve significant reductions in vehicle mass through the collaborative efforts of the material sectors and auto manufacturers. The award will be open to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), systems/parts suppliers and materials suppliers from all automotive industry segments.
“Altair’s computer-aided engineering software solutions are employed across the globe to optimise vehicles, systems and components for weight savings and improved performance,” said Tony Norton, Senior Director of Global Automotive for Altair. “Weight reduction can be combined with any fuel economy technology to increase efficiency gains. Automakers and their supply base are striving to reduce material usage and fuel consumption while improving vehicle performance and safety through weight reduction techniques. The Altair Enlighten Award provides a platform to showcase the success stories, allowing industry leaders to be recognised by their peers and emphasising the need to achieve the next level of light-weighting technology.”
Altair explains the objectives of its Enlighten Award are to:
• Honour the greatest achievements in weight saving each year
• Inspire interest from policymakers, educators, students and the general public in the environmental impact, technical depth and diversity of weight saving innovations
• Create further competition for new ideas within the industry
• Provide an incentive to share technological advances
“By recognising practical examples of light-weighting solutions, Altair’s Enlighten Award will inspire innovation which will help manufacturers achieve aggressive fuel economy targets established by the government,” said Dr. Jay Baron, President & CEO of the Center for Automotive Research and director of CALM.
Altair says manufacturers and suppliers interested in submitting a nomination will be able to access additional information about the nomination process on the Altair Enlighten website. The purpose of AltairEnlighten.com is to provide a global knowledge source for useful, informative and inspirational content focused on minimising the weight of products across industries through innovative design techniques, materials technology and manufacturing processes; improving industry best practices to respond to the challenges of mass management and meeting fuel economy targets, both government and competitive; and addressing increasing vehicle safety requirements. To allow sharing of innovation to further this goal, while respecting the business and technical confidentiality of all applications, designs submitted must be implemented on a production vehicle produced between August 2012 and August 2013, with no geographical restrictions.
Applications for the 2013 Altair Enlighten Award will be accepted from November 1st 2012 to January 31st 2013. Finalists will be interviewed in February and March 2013. Winners will be announced in August 2013. The judging panel for the award will be formed with industry and academic leaders as well as CAR and Altair representatives.
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