Vehicle Platforms

Vehicle Platforms encompasses TMETC’s Packaging and Craftsmanship teams.

Vehicle Packaging balances the attributes of the occupant environment, the mechanical architecture and the design, in the best interest of the customer.

Packaging also defines and checks the arrangement and placement of systems and components, serving as the physical integrator of the complete vehicle.

Technology and capabilities developed at TMETC include:
  • Concept mechanical and seating package layout
  • Creation of design restriction (hard point) models
  • Protection of legal requirements using CAVA
  • Ergonomic analysis using RAMSIS
  • Physical package buck design and build
  • Tracking of issues from identification to implementation
  • Vehicle package architecture guideline/best practice development
  • GCIE drawing creation

Craftsmanship is an attribute and focuses on the perception of quality of the vehicle (both interior and exterior) in terms of its look and feel, materials and touch, as well as mating the cohesiveness of various surfaces from an objective perspective.

TMETC has particular competence in the following disciplines:

Craftsmanship: Developing targets and cascading requirements to achieve the perceived quality objective with continued evaluation and proposed resolutions throughout the development cycle

A-surface Quality: Generation of proposals for issue resolution and ensuring compliance of A-surface modelling to standards

Dimensional Management: Generation of concept locator generation and evaluating system throughout development cycle.

Dimensional Variation Analysis: Generation of virtual model for tolerance prediction and system sensitivity with continued system evaluation throughout development cycle.

Processes and tools developed at TMETC include:
  • Analysis of competitor vehicles via benchmarking
  • Product attribute target setting and cascade with Gap Plans
  • Clay review and audit processes
  • Dimensional feasibility scorecard to help rate potential build and dimensional complexity compared to the competition
  • Optical quality review process, digital reviews and audits, utilising VIS mock-up, Catia and ICEM Surf software
  • Surface Reference Model (SRM) or Function Cube, reviews and analysis
  • Tooling Reference Model (TRM) or Feasibility Cube, reviews and analysis
  • Part audit and maturation using environmental cubes (E-Cube) and Parts Coordination Fixture (PCF) or Blue-buck
  • Consumer Product Audit for complete vehicle
A-surface Quality:
  • Data reviews conducted with A-surface data on highlight, surface quality plus adherence to surface modelling standards utilising ICEM_Surf_professional
  • Development of surface proposals to support Craftsmanship objective
Dimensional Management:
  • Locator and tolerances reviews
  • Concept locator development
  • Identification and analysis of functional measurement points
  • Development of aesthetic measurement points
  • Review of setting and fixture strategy
  • Drawing reviews for tolerance and location implementation
  • Part maturation support using environmental cubes (E-Cube) and Parts Coordination Fixture (PCF) or Blue-buck
Dimensional Variation Analysis:
  • Dimensional variation analysis is performed to evaluate the sensitivity, with inputs from the bill of process and manufacturing considerations, part and assembly tolerances, utilising VisVSA or 3DCS software