MILAN, Ohio—Automotive supplier Tenneco Inc. is investing in material testing software to improve speed and accuracy in finding the right product for an application, according to Steve Pohlman, Tenneco vice president and general manager of global elastomers.
Tenneco's Clevite Elastomers brand licenses Endurica L.L.C.'s fe-safe/Rubber software and is investing in its material testing capabilities at its Milan engineering facility. Endurica's software uses critical plane analysis to give accurate predictions of performance under complex load cases. It also includes testing methods and instrumentation that increases the capacity to characterize rubber fatigue behavior in simulation-compatible ways, Pohlman said.
"We have made this investment in the software mainly because of the demand our customers are putting on us for the analytical analysis of elastomer fatigue characteristics," Pohlman said. "What they want to understand is, how do you make sure that you are able to have full confidence in and understand the durability of, that product."
The amount of the investment has not been disclosed. Tenneco's Milan engineering facility for Clevite Elastomers-brand goods will serve as the hub for the new technology and investment, as the "epicenter for our global engineering group," Pohlman said. About 90 people work at that facility, and while some are being reassigned to the Endurica portion of the facility, no new jobs are being added currently.
"This allows us to stay at the forefront as a facility," Pohlman said. "You may not be adding 50 people, but at the end of the day, with the business we can gain, you're going to save and continue to grow jobs based on that as the enabler. We're going to grow our business, which will mean more engineering opportunities."