Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
TOURING CARS AND FORMULA 1 ARE
TEST BEDS FOR ROAD VEHICLES.
Leading touring car and Formula 1 racing teams are using the latest version of the Kistler (www.kistler.com) lightweight RoaDyn wheel force monitoring system to fine tune suspension and chassis performance. The two systems, carbon fibre S625 for touring cars and titanium V6F1 for Formula 1 cars, provide ultra high precision measurement of wheel force under extreme loads.
Although based on road going production cars, touring cars have a specially tuned racing chassis and high performance running gear. The exceptionally lightweight RoaDyn S625, shown fitted to an Opel DTM car under test in Portugal, uses internal signal transmission to eliminate disturbance of the aerodynamic properties of the car.
The higher speeds and cornering forces of F1 cars necessitates the use of titanium for the structure of the RoaDyn V6F1 wheel. Used by various Formula 1 teams, the V6F1 wheel is now more adaptable and has an extended service life. New electronics provide Improved signal processing more resistant to extreme temperatures and analogue signal with the option of 0-5V, 0-10V and ±5V output.
Experience gained in both DTM Touring Cars and F1 is used to improve the performance of the wide range of Kistler RoaDyn wheel force measuring systems for use on road vehicles from small cars and vans to heavy lorries.
Kistler Instruments Limited
Established in Wintherthur (Switzerland) in 1957, Kistler is represented in over 50 countries and has subsidiaries in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan, USA, China, Korea and Singapore. With a staff of more than 800, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation. The Kistler Group achieved turnover of 160 million Swiss Francs in the 2005 financial year.
Kistler's core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration. Kistler's know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analyzing physical processes, controlling and optimizing industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.
Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.
Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world's first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.
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