Kistler Instruments Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
New Kistler Measurement Steering Wheels combine flexibility and precision
Although experienced test drivers are used to provide a subjective evaluation of driving dynamics of new vehicles, objective testing is now essential to meet ISO and DIN defined standards.
To meet the need for accurate, open loop testing, with minimum driver influence, Kistler has developed the next generation of its measurement steering wheels (MSW) for both passenger cars and heavy commercial vehicles. The new MSW incorporates non-contact measurement of steering moment, steering angle and steering speed for vehicle driving dynamics testing such as the ISO 4138 steady-state circular driving test.
The steering angle and steering speed, derived from a contact free, optical, incremental encoder, and two ranges of steering torque, ±10 Nm and ±50 Nm, are available. Calibration data are stored in the sensor element to facilitate user installation of sensors to suit different applications. Analogue and digital signal outputs to suit CAN, USB and Ethernet interfaces are standard.
The new Kistler MSW sensors perfectly meet the demands of modern automotive engineering. Reduced in size and weight, they offer higher dynamics and increased resolution. They can be fitted directly to the steering shaft using an exchangeable adapter to maintain airbag and other steering wheel functions or mounted on the standard steering wheel where this is preferable.
Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 25 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1050, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation with a turnover of 210 million Swiss Francs (GBP 145M) in the 2010 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 analysing physical processes, controlling and optimising 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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