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At the Automotive Engineering Show 2014, Kistler Instruments will be showing additions to its extensive range of sensors and systems for automotive development and production. 

In particular, the company will display — for the first time in the UK — the new developments of its NC electro-mechanical press system, which is widely used in the automotive and supply industry in a range of manufacturing and assembly processes such as gearbox, engine, chassis and pump installation.

Other products to be displayed include Maxymos monitors, which make it possible to check and evaluate the quality of all manufactured products on the basis of a force-displacement curve, the Kibox To-Go, which provides a complete combustion analysis system for mobile and test bed applications, Kitorq measuring flanges and Roadyn wheel force sensors.

The company will be found on Stand F2 at the event.

Key features and benefits


  • The Maxymos makes it possible to check and evaluate the quality of all manufactured products on the basis of a force-displacement curve.
  • The user can apply evaluation objects in order to adapt the curve evaluation to the individual monitoring task. Based on this specification, the Maxymos can check each workpiece and decide whether the part is good or bad.
  • The Maxymos NC (numeric control) replaces the widely used Kistler DMF-P force/displacement monitoring device.
  • The Kistler NCF electromechanical actuator, a cost-effective alternative to mechanical and hydraulic systems for press-fit production operations, is now available with the Kistler Maxymos to provide real-time monitoring and control of the joining process. 

Kibox To-Go

  • The Kistler Kibox To-Go provides a complete combustion analysis system for mobile and test bed applications.
  • The Kibox mobile engine combustion analysis system integrates with other mobile systems for ECU development and diagnostics.
  • The Kibox system is compatible with Piezosmart and TEDS (transducer electronic data sheet) sensor identification to simplify setup and operation. 
  • Automatic plausibility checks guarantee prompt measurement availability and high-quality data.
  • Using the signals from the vehicle’s sensor, Cranksmart technology provides TDC (top dead centre) crank position to an accuracy of better than 0.1º with automatic error indication for both diesel and petrol engines. This simplifies installation and maintenance by eliminating the need for a separate optical crank angle encoder.

Kitorq for test stand applications

  • With three new measuring ranges, the Kistler Kitorq measuring flanges now cover 100Nm to 5,000Nm with seven flanges.
  • The Kitorq torque sensor system is now available with Profibus, Profinet CANopen, Ethercat and EthernetIP interfaces in addition to the voltage, frequency, USB and RS-232 interfaces.
  • The stator is fully compatible with all Kitorq type 4550A rotors.
  • The communication options allow the Kitorq system to be integrated directly into the user’s test environment through the Fieldbus interfaces. This saves time during installation and eliminates the cost of additional equipment to convert measured data.
  • The smart stator can be used with any Kitorq rotor of the same speed rating and will automatically recognise the rotor measuring range. 

Vehicle dynamics testing systems

  • Roadyn wheel force sensors are suitable for manufacturers of road and track vehicles to predict the durability performance of vehicle chassis and body.
  • By providing data for CAE tools, realistic service load data can be applied to single suspension components and complete subassemblies during laboratory tests.

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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