MPS Cuts Simulation Times from Two Weeks to One Day with 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation

Morgan Polymer Seals (MPS) delivers 100 million custom gaskets and seals for powertrain, fuel, and electrical applications each year to Ford, GM, Nissan, Hyundai, and other automotive original equipment manufacturer and tier 1 supplier customers in North America, Europe, and China.

MPS has a reputation as the most trusted name in automotive gaskets by consistently selecting the best materials to fit each specific seal application environment and fluid exposure and delivering on time every time.

Founded by Kevin Morgan in 1997, MPS has used SOLIDWORKS® 3D design system for many years to develop seal concepts, designs, and tooling, and to exchange design data with customers and partners. Until recently, MPS outsourced its finite element analysis (FEA) studies to a third-party partner.

The increasing demand related to the development and growth of the electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle markets created opportunities for new business and challenges, which prompted the seal manufacturer to bring complex FEA simulation studies in house to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

MPS chose the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio, using Structural Mechanics Engineer for simulation.

Faster and Cheaper FEA Studies, More Time for R&D

According to Design Engineer Thomas Morgan, “We chose a 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation solution because it’s cloud-based, which supports our remotely located engineering organization, works seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS design data, and incorporates the Abaqus® Explicit solver, which is best suited for the types of simulation studies that we need to conduct on our parts, which can involve hyper elasticity, creep, fatigue, and contact.”

Since adopting Structural Mechanics Engineer, MPS has drastically cut simulation turnaround times—from two weeks to one day—enabling the company to cut costs as it runs a substantially greater number of complex FEA studies. In addition, MPS can more quickly turn around work on specific applications for customers, but also benefit everyday production work and enable additional research into new materials calibration and analysis without overburdening computing resources.

Giving Customers Even More

In addition to attracting customers for the high-quality seals for which they are known, Structural Mechanics Engineer enables MPS to help advance its customers’ R&D with its engineering resources and experience. By easily and quickly running simulations and evaluating insertion forces on customers’ initial seal designs, MPS helps develop and improve customer innovations during the design phase.

Support Growth with Cloud Computing

Using 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation aligns with MPS’s strategy of embracing cloud computing to maintain growth more cost-effectively. Morgan concludes, “Our production is in Mexico, but all of our engineering resources are scattered across the United States. We’re just starting to leverage the 3DEXPERIENCE Works product lifecycle management capabilities and plan to eventually consolidate all our design and engineering tools onto the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform.”

Contact your local reseller to learn how the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio can optimize your FEA simulation studies.

You can read the full Morgan Polymer Seals case study here.

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