Ricardo has signed a contract to assist Anhui Xingrui Gear Company on a detailed design review and technology assessment, with the aim of helping the Chinese Tier 1 manufacturer to improve the efficiency and shift quality of its transmission products.
Formed in 1966, Xingrui is a manufacturer of transmissions for the Chinese auto industry. A wholly owned subsidiary of Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Co Ltd (JAC), the company provides products both for its parent company and for other leading Chinese automotive brands, including Chery, Foton, Huatai and Heli.
Xingrui and JAC seek to improve the quality, performance and efficiency of their products and have already worked with Ricardo on a range of projects. Most recently, Ricardo has conducted a shift quality assessment of two Xingrui transmissions using the Ricardo Gear Shift Quality Assurance (GSQA) system, as well as carrying out NVH assessments. In both cases the performance of the Xingrui transmissions was compared in detail with that of two commercially available competitor benchmark products.
Under the new contract, Ricardo will work with Xingrui on a detailed design review of the company’s current 6-speed transmission product. Assessments will be made of a range of design and material changes aimed at improving the torque capacity, NVH performance and shift quality of this product. In addition to improving the breed of Xingrui products and helping the company move closer to world-class quality and performance levels, Ricardo will also aim to transfer skills and technologies to Xingrui engineers, helping the company to improve its engineering and development capability for future new product programs.