Mevea: Simulations of big machines

If you have played computer games you are also familiar with simulations. With them, you can take the controls of a WWII tank or fighter plane. A simulation is a virtual copy of a system operating in the real world. The better the simulation, the more the virtual copy resembles the real world prototype.

Simulations are not merely for entertainment. Mevea, which has its origins at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Lappeenranta University of Technology, designs simulation technologies for industrial users. Mevea's customers design such products as cranes, forestry machinery and mining and earth moving equipment, using simulations in the process.

In industries, the most obvious application for simulations is user training: operators train with simulators before they start real work with an expensive piece of machinery. However, this is actually just the last link in the chain. Simulation is also increasingly used in product design.

'Studies show that the efficiency of the product development process depends on how early simulations are incorporated into the process. Manufacturers can test different solutions, which means that they can often detect any errors before they start putting the thing together,' says Tero Eskola, Mevea's Managing Director.

From the outset, high resolution (ability to calculate and model the object in an accurate manner) has given Mevea's simulations a competitive advantage.

'In training applications, the obvious advantage is that the simulation resembles the object as closely as possible. However, the ability to make accurate calculations also comes in handy when you have a product development project and need to simulate something complex that you couldn't foresee when starting the project,' Eskola explains.

Mevea's customers include e.g. Konecranes, Sandvik Mining and Construction and Valmet Automotive. Tekes has funded Mevea's research and product development in several projects.

Further information

Tero Eskola, Managing Director
Tel. +358 50 015 0003
tero.eskola (at)

Author: Netprofile

Kaj Nordgren

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