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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Selects Railway Vehicle Test System

May 30, 2006

MTS provides multi-channel fatigue-testing system for railcar frames and bolsters.


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MTS Systems Corp. announced a $1.3 million contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), to provide multi-channel fatigue testing system for railcar frames and bolsters. The system—which consists of MTS controls, multiple actuators, and leading-edge software—will be used for durability tests on railroad vehicle components. KHI will use this system to develop new subway vehicles, a new PA-5 series, for use in New York and New Jersey in the U.S.

"We are delighted with KHI's choice, which was influenced by our extensive experience multi-channel aerospace testing. MTS has been delivering high-performance testing solutions to vehicle and component manufacturers worldwide for 40 years," said Sidney W. Emery, Jr., MTS chairman and CEO. "We are committed to being the leading worldwide manufacturer of mechanical testing solutions."

Actuators will be attached to the railcar's fame and bolster in vertical, lateral, and longitudinal orientations and provide multi-axial load input to the specimen. Multi-axial load input will be controlled in-phase accurately by taking advantage of the multi-axial control technologies that use MTS' proven fatigue-testing capabilities deployed in many other aircraft and ground vehicle applications.

About MTS Systems Corp.
MTS Systems Corp. is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The company's testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 1,549 employees and revenue of $374 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2005. Additional information on MTS can be found at the company's Web site.


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