e-Xstream engineering, a unit of Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division, has been chosen by McLaren Racing to provide a material data management system for its Formula 1 vehicles.
The historic racing team makes extensive use of advanced materials to optimize the performance and management of its race cars. The team chose the MaterialCenter material lifecycle management system to help their engineering team make optimal design decisions, quickly and efficiently, with full transparency of performance and costs at every step. MaterialCenter collects material testing data, as well as the many tools and processes that the team applies to ensure complete traceability across each component lifecycle.
Richard Jenkins, Director of McLaren Racing Materials Group, explains: "The design and construction of a Formula 1 race car is one of the biggest engineering challenges imaginable. The system packages all the individual engineering factors: time, budget, weight, performance.
"We chose the MaterialCenter solution over its open architecture, and its flexibility allows us to interface the system with our existing tools. Its data collection functions will help us understand, manage and control the constraints of advanced materials so that we can achieve even more efficient vehicles and win competitions. »
Roger Assaker, President Design and Engineering, Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division, observes: "We are proud that our system has been chosen as a materials management solution at McLaren Racing. We share McLaren's ambition to continue to optimize engineering and understand that flexible and simple collaboration between teams, as well as a complete view of resources, is the keystone. We hope that MaterialCenter will be a valuable resource to help McLaren Racing achieve the impossible. »
Designed to manage the entire material flow as a single entry point for all material-related activities, MaterialCenter ensures the source of approved materials from traceable integrated processes. This helps reduce data loss and eliminate time-consuming and unnecessary manual data management tasks. The system meets unique data and process requirements, and enables innovations using complex and advanced materials, such as alloys, elastomers, plastics, metals and composites.