Independent vehicle consultancy MIRA has installed AB Dynamics’ SPMM5000, to launch Europe’s first, independent, dynamic suspension parameter measurement machine (SPMM).
The fixed ground plane kinetics and compliance (K&C) test machine will be located alongside the company’s SPMM4000, the first K&C machine developed by AB Dynamics, installed at MIRA 20 years ago.
Reflecting the changes in vehicle design, and dynamics, the SPMM5000 has a longer wheel station, designed for larger SUV’s and the largest, light commercial vehicles, including those with twin wheel, rear axles.
The SPMM5000 uses a real-time controller to deliver a 10-fold increase in computing power. Another enhancement is the ability to communicate with the vehicle’s on-board systems, transferring data to and from the vehicle during testing.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to supply MIRA with its second K&C machine,” said Tim Rogers, MD of AB Dynamics. “The latest is the most advanced SPMM machine that we have made to date, providing – amongst other things – a significant increase in wheel stroke to handle larger SUV type vehicles.”