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Kistler’s technical specialists will present a series of papers on the company’s vehicle sensing technologies during the Open Technology Forum of the Automotive Testing Expo North America, which is due to take place on 23–25 October 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

The Open Technology Forum features three days of technology presentations centred around vehicle product quality, reliability, durability and safety. Kistler will cover critical automotive industry topics relating to vehicle dynamics, engine development and legislative and safety testing.

In addition, the company, which will be found at Booth 14020, will showcase its latest technologies in the area of engine development, vehicle dynamics, crash testing, research and development and manufacturing.

These will include precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration; Kibox To Go engine combustion analysis systems; Roadyn wheel force transducers; optical, microwave, GPS and wheel vector systems; and on-board, off-board and in-dummy crash-test data acquisition equipment.

Presentation schedule

23 October 2012 — ‘On-track vehicle dynamics test data for simulation and modelling’

  • This technical paper will be presented by Michael McPike, vehicle dynamics application manager at Kistler.
  • The paper will provide details of innovations in vehicle dynamic testing technologies, including the advantages of in-laboratory, computer simulation and field testing of various dynamic measurement parameters.
  • The advantages and considerations associated with each methodology and associated product technology type will be discussed.

24 October 2012 — ‘Cranksmart: accurate combustion analysis with an OE crank position sensor’

  • This technical paper will be presented by Samuel Olesky, engine application specialist.
  • The paper will detail a method for performing engine combustion analysis without requirement for an additional crank angle encoder.

25 October 2012 — ‘Answers to new requirements in crash and safety testing’

  • This will be presented by Chad Ivan of the new Kistler North America Technical Center.
  • The paper will illustrate to both vehicle manufacturers and testing laboratories the quickest and most accurate means of acquiring a maximum amount of per-test crash data with highest possible channel counts.
  • It will also explain how to achieve the greatest possible compatibility of crash-test data acquisition with existing vehicle internal communications systems.

Kistler Instruments

Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 23 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1,000, the Kistler Group is one of the world’s leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation.

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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