FORWARD RESULTS: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS

INTEGRATED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT FROM CONCEPT TO SERIES PRODUCTION

Regardless of where you stand along the value chain or the product development cycle, the FORWARD team supports your product development with a holistic perspective from the first concept draft through validation and series production:

 

  • Focused alignment of product design to customer, market, and regulatory requirements
  • Material and production appropriate component development from the start
  • Proven development methodology and industry leading development tools
  • Risk management through robust cost and equipment forecasts early in the process
  • Reduced testing and validation through virtual product validation
  • Comprehensive analysis and reporting support sound decision-making foundation
  • Single point of contact for prototyping, testing and supplier management
  • Independent and flexible service with a strong global network

The FORWARD approach to product development ensures resource efficient and cost-effective implementation of new and emerging technologies to meet and exceed your goals.

PRODUCTION BASED ENGINEERING OF POLYMER AND COMPOSITE INTENSIVE SOLUTIONS

As a specialized engineering services provider of fiber reinforced polymer and composite solutions, utilizing state of the art industrial manufacturing technologies, our customers benefit from our expertise in the successful implementation of novel cost-effective series application solutions:

  • Materials Consulting: Selection, benchmarking, and properties of matrix, reinforcements, additives, semi-finished goods formatting and finished product processing
  • Material characterization and creation of CAE material cards
  • Material appropriate component and assembly concept development through to series production design
  • Simulation of material specific properties, especially crash behavior, fatigue strength and joining technology.
  • Selection and development of production volume appropriate manufacturing and assembly processes
  • Technology and process consulting, including benchmark and simulation support
  • Validation test program development and organization of testing from coupon through component and large-scale assembly physical homologation testing
  • Holistic costs and life-cycle assessment (LCA) preparation
  • Global partner network providing state of the art resources and support from raw material through validation testing facilities

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DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE MIXED MATERIAL LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES

The much-quoted “right material in the right place” compels us to explore the potential of structures which bring together different materials. These optimized designs present a unique set of challenges which, can be overcome with our proven programs:

  • Application segmentation requiring an iterative process of segmenting the component(s) and assembly based on load path optimization and manufacturing processability
  • Consideration of new and emerging manufacturing processes (e.g. Additive Manufacturing)
  • Complex modeling and material card development required for capable CAE simulation of mixed material structures and their joints
  • Body and crash development from individual subsystems to complete body-in-white (BIW)
  • Project planning and support in product development, overall vehicle design and homologation
  • Static and dynamic structure simulation
  • A trusted partner throughout the product development process: idea – concept – planning – component and series development

CUSTOMER FOCUSED SOLUTIONS

Since our founding, the FORWARD team has prided itself on a clean sheet of paper approach to problem solving. Starting with the fundamentals and ensuring a clear and objective understanding of the customer requirements, technical requirements and regulatory requirements are key to the success of our projects. Combined with our continuously expanding material and process technology knowledgebase, the FORWARD team is uniquely capable of supporting the development of novel fiber reinforced polymer and composite solutions across a broad range of industries being driven by new and unique challenges.

Automotive

  • CASE – Connected Autonomous Shared Electrified
  • Increased safety requirements by legislators and consumer protection
  • Rapidly shifting customer requirements
  • Sustainability

    Reduction of Waste – Industry transitioning from a linear to a circular economy

    CO2 Emissions – Decarbonization

Vertical Mobility

  • New applications and use-cases with disruptive approaches and rapidly evolving requirements during the development process
  • Driving cost efficient production through automotive and aviation industry technology transfer
  • Targeted risk minimization leveraging proven partners and technologies from established industries
  • Flexible scalable designs to address uncertainty and volatility in production volume requirements
  • Stage gated approach reduces initial development costs and generates rapid project results combined with agile project management to seamlessly adapt to new requirements and milestones

Energy Storage Systems

  • Energy storages systems bring together a complex mix of mechanical, electrical, thermal and environmental topics governed by regulatory, technical and customer requirements
  • Achieving optimal cost, mass and performance balance requires a deep understanding of the primary structure’s requirements and its interaction with the energy storage system
  • Energy density and, the associated stored potential energy of the system, place particularly high demands on the design, materials of construction and, manufacturing technologies
  • Whether High-pressure tank or high-voltage storage, the requirements of safety, function and weight are complex

 

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STATE OF THE ART DEVELOPMENT

With its extensive range of services, FORWARD offers turnkey solutions for you:

 

  • Body development
  • Component development
  • Validation
  • Technology consulting
  • Material consulting

 

We use the most modern software for support:

 

  • CATIA V5
  • Hypermesh
  • Optistruct
  • Abaqus
  • LS- Dyna
  • Pam-crash
  • Fibersim / CPD
  • Moldflow
  • Moldex3D
  • CADwind

 

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THE FORWARD DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ENABLES FAST AND EFFICIENT PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.