Hexagon adds Romax for electric drivetrain MBSE

Feb 28, 2020 | Hot Topics

Hexagon just announced that it will acquire Romax Technology Limited, maker of the Romax Nexus suite of solutions for concept design, durability, NVH and other simulations for electromechanical drivetrain design and simulation. Nexus is a cloud-enabled model-based systems engineering (MBSE) platform, on which designers and engineers collaborate to optimize both the electrical and mechanical components of a gearbox or drivetrain to boost overall effectiveness.

Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén said that “The acquisition of Romax Technology enables us to meet the growing need for electrification, providing our customers with integrated tools that empower engineering teams to develop the next generation of energy-efficient electric vehicles. Electrification is a growing trend in automotive and aerospace but also presents new opportunities for Hexagon in the development of renewable energy systems.”

And that’s an interesting segue from what we typically think of: cars and planes aren’t the only objects that can benefit from optimized powertrains. Romax already, according to Hexagon, serves customers in auto and aero, yes, but also in the wind power, marine and rail industries and, because of its presence there, has a specialization in bearing design.

Hexagon didn’t disclose its purchase price but did say that Romax had sales of €27 million in 2019. The deal must still be approved by regulators but, once closed, Romax will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division.