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ACS works with its customers on the innovation process: the case of SILA

The Sila Group produces manual, automatic and electronic gearbox controls for the mobility industry. It subjects them to various types of simulated environmental tests, both for product reliability tests and in R&D programs aimed at anticipating the needs of its customers.

The entire development process revolves around the product specifications expressed by the customer. In the initial mechanical design stages, the 3D mathematical models undergo virtual validation to confirm that the product is structurally adequate for the stress loads to which it will be subjected. Similarly, simulations are done that validate the hardware and software characteristics of the electronic design.

The satisfying of the customer’s specifications involves various development steps and includes the conducting of a large number of mechanical and electronic tests, to which are added the environmental parameters of temperature and humidity. To this end, Sila uses an advanced test laboratory with test benches that reproduce the product’s operating conditions, subjecting it to stress and fatigue and standard-sized and walk-in thermoclimatic cells suitable for containing the test benches.

The Sila Group is also very attentive to innovation processes, which are a determining factor in company growth, in a close mutual relationship with the developments of scientific research and knowledge and, therefore, with progress. The validation steps and test equipment are used in the same way in the product innovation program that Sila pursues continuously to anticipate the needs of its customers.

The Sila Group laboratory is thus equipping itself with two large ACS walk-in chambers for temperature and humidity tests in addition to the vibration test chamber.