Kistler North America Aquires Digital Transducer Interface

NOVI, MI -- Kistler, a worldwide supplier of precision sensors, systems and instrumentation for the dynamic measurement of pressure, force, torque and acceleration, has announced its recent acquisition of the Digital Transducer Interface (DTI) technology assets of the Hannover, Germany-based Hentschel System GmbH, bringing innovative digitization technology capabilities to its vehicle safety testing portfolio.

The incorporation of traditional analogue instrumentation within modern vehicle safety testing is fast approaching its useful threshold. As many of today's applications call for more measurement channels than ever before, digitization becomes a key requirement for high-reliability, high-speed data capture and analysis. New Kistler DTI technology shall further expand the reach of the company's crash test instrumentation portfolio to allow for the full digitization of analogue data directly in the sensor housing via built-in modules, or DiMods. DiMod signal output transmission is achieved via the standard bus connection to the crash data recorder. The recorder provides centralized memory storage for collected crash data, with data from up to 12 transducers able to be transmitted online via a single bus cable.

The small form factor of Kistler DiMods allow for their easy integration into finished sensor designs without the addition of significant mass. A compact three-channel DiMod version, measuring just 10 mm3, is also available for triaxial sensor integration requirements. The optimization of DiMods for systems with standard sampling rates of 20 kHz, 100 kHz, and 1 MHz is also possible. These combined attributes allow for greater system versatility, performance and innovation, keeping pace with evolving vehicle safety testing requirements across the globe.

About Kistler Group
Based in Winterthur, Switzerland, Kistler Group is a leading global supplier of dynamic measurement technology for pressure, force, torque and acceleration. Kistler technology is used to analyze physical processes, control industrial processes and optimize product quality. Kistler has a full range of sensors, electronics and systems for engine development, vehicle technology, assembly technology, plastics and metal processing, as well as biomechanics. The Group maintains its global presence through 25 sales and manufacturing companies, with tech centers on all continents and 30 agencies, enabling the Group to maintain local customer contact and offer individualized application support. The company employs 1,200 people and generated revenues of CHF 235 million in 2011.

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