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Today's motto "higher, faster, farther" entails an ever-increasing number of technologies and innovations. It's easy to lose track. Discover the topics that motivate us and immerse yourself in the "world of science and innovation". Step into the future together with us and make use of our profound expertise and range of services. Explore content related to research, development and new technologies. Let yourself be inspired, enthused and driven by new ideas: with our service offerings such as tool implementation, database development, neural networks, deep learning and much more, we actively support our customers.

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Artificial Intelligence

When we talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) at TWT, we refer to the complete spectrum of intelligent ("smart") systems. From knowledge-based systems to methods from machine learning to deep learning – we cover the whole range. At TWT, we use this broad basis to develop AI-supported software used both in our customers' end products and in optimising the development processes of these products. Examples include AI-supported recognition of the driver's behaviour state or optimisation of a simulation process through partial automation of data preparation by means of deep learning

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At TWT, the interdisciplinary approach plays a crucial role in handling AI projects. We are deeply rooted in both engineering and information technology, sensibly complemented by our extensive research activities. As a result, we are involved in the latest technological developments and are able to translate them directly into AI applications for our customers. Our interdisciplinary teams' different perspectives ensure that various approaches and methods are weighed against each other to achieve the best possible outcome. Whether image processing, natural language processing, big data analysis or sensor fusion, we put words into action! Our areas of application are broad and include both the automotive and aerospace industries as well as the medical sector. Furthermore, our consulting expertise enables us to manage the entire integration process of AI solutions for our customers.

Our range of services

  • Through our research projects and our close contacts with AI research initiatives, we always have our finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest developments in the field of artificial intelligence.
  • Our consultants will be happy to share this knowledge with you or support you in integrating AI solutions into your process or product.
  • TWT's IT experts develop customized solutions for our customers in close collaboration with our engineers. Our portfolio ranges from the integration of existing AI libraries into your process to the development of high-end AI applications.

Future Engineering

The future of product development is digital, networked and interdisciplinary. While today's work is still often done using Excel and email, modern apps and collaborative platforms will be commonplace in the engineering world of tomorrow. Virtual design spaces and 3D visualisations of the product are replacing the traditional meeting with PowerPoint presentations. Where today a lot of time is spent optimising one's own limited scope of tasks, the engineering of the future controls a whole reign of user-friendly tools and intelligent algorithms enabling networking far beyond one's own area of competence. It is no longer necessary to search for errors or anomalies in data, codes and models. A recommender system ensures an efficient preselection and a continuous integration & testing pipeline provides daily quality control. Digital skills, a customer-centred mindset and an agile approach to work are increasingly taking the place of pure technical knowledge and are being taught to the developers of tomorrow in coaching sessions and change communication at an early stage. In the end, more time is left for what should be most important - the development of innovative ideas and high-quality products or services. We call it Future Engineering.

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TWT - the right partner for this topic

In a way, the topic of future engineering is written into TWT's DNA. For over 30 years, we have been developing digital engineering solutions that are always one step ahead of their time. Holistic thinking and the continuous replacement of complex manual development steps with tools and automation are among the basic elements of our innovative approach at TWT. However, while a few decades ago it was primarily about introducing CAE tools and databases, today the focus is more on the intelligence, usability and connectivity of such solutions. Whether you need advice and support in selecting, adapting, introducing or optimising the most suitable technologies and processes, we can help!

Our range of services

At TWT, we analyse how your company is positioned and where you stand; it involves finding out what your objective is in terms of development and where there might be gaps.

  • We develop a suitable concept for your IT blueprint and process design. We also develop the required methods and algorithms and adapt the existing ones.
  • We put your new concept into practice and implement the methods, e.g. through tool implementation, database development, technology enablement or integration of commercial solutions (software, cloud, platforms).
  • We can provide you with a roll-out that is accompanied by change management and communication for all previous steps: This includes the preparation of the change in your departments, the roll-out as well as its optimization, digital coaching and technical training.

We offer a wide range of freely combinable modules ranging from standardisation to the introduction of digital experts or agile continuous integration to UX design; the latter can be adapted to meet your specific needs. Let’s work together on the future of your engineering!

 

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Cloud Transformation

Cloudification is currently a hot topic, and not for nothing. In a networked world, distributed organization and the provision of data and software are essential in virtually all industries and offer numerous added values for end users. The challenge for our customers' development departments is to bring both existing and new software into the cloud, to use it there in the most integrated way possible and to make it available.

For TWT, this means the orientation of all software-oriented development disciplines or those controlled and influenced by software development towards the cloud. Various infrastructure providers enable both data retention in the cloud and the provision of algorithms on this data. Cloud-based initiatives such as GAIA-X aim at cross-domain collaborative data use under trusted terms of use, enabling end-users to benefit from data fusion across providers and globally.

TWT - the right partner for this topic

We also see cloud transformation as a way of exploiting simulation capabilities - previously unthinkable on-board due to the lack of computing capacity - with almost unlimited scalability. In addition to the new development of cloud algorithms and services, TWT transfers conventional simulations, more extensive co-simulations and AI algorithms to the cloud and thus renders them usable for real world operations, for example with regard to a digital twin.

Thanks to our interdisciplinary staff and our versatile research activities in various technologies and industries, we master a broad engineering and IT portfolio. This makes us a predestined partner company for projects aimed at implementing networked, automated and autonomous software functionalities on cloud environments in a wide range of applications.

Our range of services

Cloud transformation also means increased network traffic and, especially in the field, requires new telecommunication technologies such as 5G to ensure the necessary latencies, bandwidths and quality of service. Cloud-based functionalities and algorithms such as those developed by TWT must be capable of processing these data volumes on existing infrastructure.

We meet these challenges in a variety of ways:

  • We analyse your business processes and conceptualise your business logic for their implementation in a cloud-based environment.
  • We take care of migrating your processes, methods and tools to the cloud.
  • We develop the functionalities and algorithms in the cloud to leverage the diverse data sources accessible in the cloud.
  • We take care of the implementation of your IT requirements in common and customized cloud solutions (e.g. AWS, MS Azure, Hybrid Clouds, ...) with the direct involvement of our established partnerships with global cloud infrastructure providers.
  • Software development in the context of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, of both on-board and off-board applications is also part of our broad range of services.
  • For you and together with you, we further develop cloud technologies and software development methods, as well as their targeted applications within the scope of research projects.

Autonomous Driving

The automotive industry is currently undergoing a phase of great change. In addition to the increasing outfitting of vehicles with electrical components, more and more computer technology is finding its way into vehicles, facilitating a significant improvement in driver assistance systems and automated driving functions. These functions can significantly improve comfort, efficiency and safety. However, before highly automated driving functions can be released for operation, they must be verified and validated in extensive tests in order to prove their reliability, especially with regard to safety, according to socially accepted standards.

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TWT - the right partner for this topic

As a consultancy and development partner of this emerging ecosystem of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, network providers and IT companies, we help to shape this transition. Description of test specifications, execution of Model-, Software-, Process- and Hardware-in-the-Loop testing, data replay, model preparation, MBS modelling and code generation are just some of the areas in which we actively support our customers. In-depth analysis of the ever-increasing amount of collected data is also a matter of concern, tackled by us with the greatest commitment and the best know-how. In this context, TWT focuses on digital transformation. Autonomous, connected or electrified driving - we think one step ahead.

Our range of services

  • Given the rising complexity in the applications for highly automated driving functions, at TWT we provide support in the conception, planning and execution of test drives, including the validation through system tests in the laboratory and on the test bench and real driving tests. This also includes validation through system tests in the laboratory, on the test bench and in real driving tests.
  • In addition, we provide our extensive know-how in digitalisation. For support in virtual validation, we offer our in-house simulation tool Tronis (https://www.tronis.de/solution), but are also able to support you with our wealth of experience in (co-) simulation with a variety of simulation tools (e.g. CarMaker, VTD, Carla, and many more).
  • By linking method, process and domain know-how, we show you custom-fit solutions and implement them together with you in a future-oriented manner. Our approach places the customer at the centre of the solution.
  • We are not only concerned with today's technical opportunities, but also benefit from our consistent investment in research and the resulting in-depth insight into technological progress. Through active participation in publicly funded research projects, we always keep a finger on the pulse and provide our customers with the latest research findings in the field of autonomous driving.

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Data Science​

Data is the new oil – In the wake of digitalisation, there are almost limitless fields of application for data science and machine learning. Using a wide variety of algorithms, the analysis of huge amounts of data offers the potential to gain insights into behavioural patterns that open up a range of new opportunities for humans. Aspects such as modelling and forecasting maintenance and quality problems, continuous learning from data and the associated making of optimum decisions for autonomous driving or simulating real-life scenarios represent major challenges that need to be surmounted. At the same time, however, it also offers great potential, which we would like to exploit for you.

TWT - the right partner for this topic

At TWT, we have experienced consultants and data scientists in all the fields required for successful data science projects. We benefit from four strengths: our many years of know-how from numerous industries, our in-depth understanding of statistics and mathematics that is the backbone of methods and models, a strong understanding of our customers' products and processes, and the interdisciplinary and agile corporate environment in which the projects are managed.

In projects, our broad expertise allows us, among other things, to move in the right direction already at an early stage by defining the so-called value proposition. In order to fulfil this proposition, a profound understanding of the available data and the correlations is essential, which is achieved by exploring the data and visualising the relevant correlations. The understanding of the data is enriched with expert knowledge, gathered both internally and from customers, for example in workshops. This way, it can be ensured that the use of data science generates added value and that existing knowledge is neither replaced nor lost.

Our range of services

An appropriate selection of methods and models is made possible due to our data scientists' specialist knowledge, enabling us to choose from a wide range of options:

  • We find the ideal balance between the application of classical statistical methods as well as neural networks and deep learning.
  • With our keen understanding of your needs as a customer and the expectations associated therewith, we can get the best out of your data and use the insights to target your objectives.

Virtual Experience

Are you familiar with the following situations? You have developed a really high-quality system and want to show the value added to the customer you are sitting in front of? Or you have designed a sustainable function for your product and have to go into a management decision making meeting with it? Perhaps you have also experienced that the diversity of variants in your development area has exploded, yet your test experts are supposed to evaluate as many configurations as possible in real terms? Or you have recently started to work in networked teams across America, Asia and Africa, but still need to exchange development updates as interactively as possible? A solution to many of these challenges is to switch from real to virtual experience, meaning that you can still experience, test and present your product "in the flesh", but it no longer needs to be available as real hardware. Instead, a digital twin that can be experienced live takes its place.

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TWT - the right partner for this topic

For more than ten years, we have been developing suitable solutions and methods for integrating digital twins into the product lifecycle, thus reducing hardware costs and aligning product evaluation more closely to the requirements of users and customers. In this process, we like to rely on existing technologies such as the Unreal Game Engine or existing test procedures at your company in order to develop further methods and tools for transforming a traditional product experience into a virtual one in accordance with your requirements. Our strength lies in particular in the understanding of technical processes, data interfaces, automation and multi-physics modelling. This idea gave rise to our product GenVis (General Visualisation), which we initially designed for the virtual experience of flow simulations in a 3D world and the corresponding derivation of presentations suitable for the management.

Our range of services

  • We analyse your requirements and develop a concept for Virtual Experience.
  • We enable photorealistic visualizations of your simulations and products.
  • Our services also include the automated preparation of complex CAx data.
  • We implement interfaces and user interfaces for integration into your processes.
  • We create Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) and demonstrators, e.g. featuring 3D glasses.
  • We design holistic virtual scenarios for analyses or presentation purposes.
  • We take care of method development and 4D experience realisation (e.g. for acoustics).
  • We link virtual experience with existing test benches or test environments.

 

We would be pleased to tailor our product GenVis and our methods to your specific needs.

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E-Mobility​

Worldwide, the number of electric vehicles on the road is increasing rapidly - some manufacturers will soon only have electric vehicles in their line-ups. At the same time, pioneers at Lilium, Volocopter and many other emerging companies are working on electrified options for urban and regional aviation.

And with good reason. Without a strong cross-sectoral reduction of emitted greenhouse gases, climate change will progress unchecked and threaten human, plant and animal habitats around the world. Electrification makes it possible to use the electricity generated from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels for mobility, thus massively reducing the greenhouse gases emitted. The society's new sensitivity to the issue of climate protection and the political promotion of electromobility through subsidies have recently led to a genuine boom in the market for electric vehicles.

What makes the topic of e-mobility so important?

The transition to electrified drives poses massive challenges for entire industries. Car manufacturers are working at full speed to develop new, profitable and feasible vehicle concepts. In the shortest possible time, they are trying to ensure that the new vehicles meet their customers' high expectations. Technological development must be integrated into the supply chains and the production capacities for the new vehicles and components must be expanded accordingly. The shift in primary value creation from the internal combustion engine to the battery is bringing a lot of turmoil to an established industry.

The availability and reliability of a suitable charging infrastructure in public spaces is a key element for a positive e-mobility experience. To this end, a sufficiently powerful charging infrastructure must be established in urban areas and along the transport axes to cater for the supply of electric vehicles at all times. There are numerous infrastructure solutions for buses and trucks; technologies based on fuel cells have also a lot of promising potential for the future.

Convenient e-mobility services help to make the e-mobility experience an even more positive one. Ideally, a driver will find a free charging station within his/her remaining range at the push of a button in a matter of seconds - across countries and without any compatibility or financing problems. At the same time, the additional electricity consumption requires an expansion of the supply networks, both in the volume of electricity generation and in the regional infrastructure.

For vehicle owners, electric vehicles offer an exceptional driving experience - both in terms of the acceleration behaviour/noise and the vibration characteristics. Exhaust fumes and poor air quality are a thing of the past. Vehicle integration into a smart home with its own power generation and local battery storage allows for autonomy and cost optimisation.

TWT - the right partner for this topic

With our profound expertise from research and industry projects, TWT is an innovative partner in terms of technology and development for many key players in the field of e-mobility.

Our customer and partner network ranges from premium OEMs in the car, bus and truck sector to suppliers of batteries and power electronics, to energy providers and pioneers in the development of charging infrastructure.

We stand out for our high level of innovation and our research experience. In projects such as iZeus, DriveBattery2015, Shared-E-Fleet, LiBAT and BatSys (for more information, see Research), we have unique and overarching e-mobility expertise in vehicle and battery design, infrastructure and customer experience.

Our excellently qualified and flexible employees are trained to solve our customers' challenges and problems in a tailor-made manner based on a wealth of experience.

Our range of services

An excerpt from our range of services in the e-mobility field:

  • We provide development consultation and support for electric and hybrid vehicles, including E/E, energy management and range, engineering/design, thermal protection and noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) analysis. We have a special focus on designing methods and tools for digital development and simulation.
  • We support you in the development of new components - be it battery packs, electric motors or power electronics - from design and concept evaluation to holistic thermoelectric simulations.
  • We advise our customers on the topic of battery analytics and open up new prototypical applications and insights day by day. From data-driven ageing analysis and predictive maintenance in the field to intelligent data applications in battery production.
  • We improve customer experience through customised human machine interfaces (HMIs) in the vehicle and in apps.
  • Concerning charging infrastructure, we advise our customers on testing and e-mobility services. We evaluate smart charging functions and energy services. Our EMRIS tool simulates the charging environment with the aim of developing, evaluating and testing scenarios such as smart energy homes and e-charging stations.

Model Based System Engineering

The systems for implementing advanced product functionality are becoming increasingly complex. This applies in particular to the automotive development and its underlying traffic engineering, but it is also highly relevant in automation technology with approaches such as Industry 4.0, in the healthcare sector with its innovative digitalised health products, as well as in aerospace industry. Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) offers an elegant and visionary approach to ensure that your systems are designed in such a way that they can be verified and validated and that they sustainably fulfil the desired market-oriented functionality and the required quality characteristics. MBSE puts the initial phase of product development - specification and design - at the centre. The aim is to carry out specification and design on the basis of machine-readable and machine-interpretable models, thus implementing, validating and releasing systems consistently and end-to-end in terms of information technology and, in particular, making the results highly available and reusable throughout the entire product life cycle. MBSE provides the basis for every virtual product development strategy!

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TWT - the right partner for this topic

At TWT, we have been working intensively for 15 years on the topics of simulation and virtual validation of complex technical systems in the automotive, aerospace, production and healthcare sectors. In the most demanding industrial projects, we accompanied the transformation in the automotive industry towards end-to-end virtual product development at the interface between IT and engineering. To this end, we are continuously involved in industry standardisation bodies and engaged in publicly funded national and international research projects. Our highly qualified experts are known for their competence in communicating with the technical development departments and their strong integrative skills with regard to upcoming management decisions. With the background and skills of our academically trained experts, we are capable of formalising your existing specification and design artefacts and linking them into holistic system and software models, as well as initiating completely new model-based development projects, thus creating the crucial added value during implementation.

Our range of services

  • Introduction of MBSE in the product development process using concrete prototypes and holistic strategic considerations.
  • Development of customised end-to-end tool chains for the technical development and production departments using programming interfaces.
  • Coaching, qualification and training of technical experts with focus on the value-creating use of holistic MBSE approaches and platforms.
  • System, software and process modelling in graphical modelling languages such as SysML, UML and BPMN, using the tools IBM Rational Rhapsody, Magic Draw and Enterprise Architect, among others.
  • Analysis and evaluation of system and software development with regard to normative specifications such as SOTIF, ISO26262, ASPICE, AUTOSAR, etc.