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The Kistler Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of sensors measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration, as well as the related electronics and software. Technology from Kistler is used to analyze physical processes, and to control and optimize industrial processes.




Kistler Sensors – a Host of Applications

In automotive R&D, Kistler sensors are used for engine development and for optimizing handling, safety and ride quality. In manufacturing, Kistler products monitor and control machining and forming processes, and provide effective quality assurance on the assembly line. And in plastics processing, Kistler cavity pressure sensors help maintain consistent quality and optimize production processes. Last not least in the biomechanics sector, Kistler force plates provide valuable information for gait analysis and for helping athletes reach their full potential.



Sensors for Extreme Conditions

At one end of the spectrum, Kistler pressure sensors allow measurement of minute changes in air pressure. At the other, they provide data on the enormous pressures that arise in, for example, explosive combustion processes. Similarly, Kistler force sensors permit measurements ranging from forces in the millinewton range on small switches, to massive forces in the meganewton range on industrial presses. And finally, accelerometers are capable of measuring not only shocks generating accelerations of up to 100 000 g but also minute building vibrations in the micro-g range.


In recent years crash tests have helped to make automobile much safer, thus dramatically reducing the death toll. Increasingly stringent future crash test requirements will continue to impose a growing cost burden on OEMs and their suppliers. By providing a one stop shop for all of the components from sensor through data acquisition to software, Kistler is making a decisive contribution to the future success and manageability of crash tests.


Main benefits for customers

Seamless interaction between Kistler sensors, data acquisition and software Extremely high reliability of all components ensured by more than 30 years' experience in the development and manufacture of crash-proof product. Local support in Brazil, for repair and calibration services.



Why Kistler?

Crash tests will continue to increase in number and complexity in future. Test throughput can only be further boosted if all of the components from sensor through to control software function extremely reliably and are carefully matched to ensure seamless interaction. This is where Kistler's policy of focusing on the overall application right from the initial sensor, data acquisition system and software development stage comes into play. All of the components are repeatedly tested to ensure they function properly in the system as a whole.


The key insights from crash tests are accelerations and forces acting on the vehicle, its occupants and any third parties (such as other vehicles or pedestrians) during an accident. These data are recorded on board the vehicle, in the dummy and in the crash barrier (off-board), with sensors and data acquisition systems supplied by Kistler as a complete system. Kistler products and systems are also used in the dummy and sensor laboratory. Last not least Kistler's comprehensive application software is particularly useful in allowing the user to prepare and perform crash tests quickly and conveniently.




Prompt and reliable service is becoming ever more important for our customers. From repairs through to calibration, rapid response is the key to efficient management of the valuable resource represented by a crash test system. Kistler recognized this very early on and provides its customers with a global service network with local tech centers in all important markets and regions of the world. Kistler's services include repair of sensors and data acquisition systems, regular recalibration of sensors and data acquisition systems, a hotline for hardware and software queries, converting dummies from analog to digital measurement and on-site operation of customer laboratories.




Crash tests are carried out according to a set of well-defined regulations. On the one hand are the legislative requirements in the various markets, such as the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in the USA, the ECE Directives in Europe, the CONTRAN resolutions in Brazil, and on the other hand the procedures laid down by consumer protection organizations (e. g. EURO-NCAP, US-NCAP, Latin NCAP, etc.). In addition to the test procedures (number of dummies, impact velocity, overlap, etc.), these standards also set out the requirements that the sensors and data acquisition systems have to satisfy. The most important standards in this respect are SAE J211 and ISO 6487. All the systems and products supplied by Kistler comply with these requirements in full.



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