Automotive

The automotive industry is currently undergoing rapid and far-reaching change. Emissions-reducing alternative drives play an increasingly important role, as do innovative assistance functions that could soon pave the way towards partly automated and ultimately fully automated driving. Predicted consumption and wear is also gaining in importance, forming the basis for individually tailored service and inspection intervals.

As a result, our sensors for the determination of service intervals and the inspection of function- and safety-related systems are proving ever more popular in the automotive industry. They measure and check the fluid level and quality of media, as well as the position and distance traveled in assemblies. Typical applications include exhaust gas treatment with AdBlue®, water injection in motors, and the cleaning of windshields, cover plates, and camera systems, as well as deployments in brake systems, battery management systems, and a wide range of control elements in vehicles.      

AdBlue® Sensors

Sensors for measuring the fluid level and urea concentration of diesel exhaust fluid

<h2>AdBlue<sup>®</sup> Sensors</h2>

In diesel vehicles, exhaust gas treatment with AdBlue® reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 90 percent. However, engines equipped with this technology only run if the tank contains sufficient AdBlue® fluid of the required quality.

AST sensors monitor the fluid level in the AdBlue® tank so that the driver can top up the fluid in good time. The sensors also measure the quality of the AdBlue® fluid, which features a mixture of urea (32.5%) and demineralized water.

This ensures compliance with the statutory requirements and prevents any potential improper use.

Clear Vision Sensors

Sensors for measuring cleaning fluids: fluid level, temperature, and antifreeze

<h2>Clear Vision Sensors</h2>

Manual and autonomous driving alike are only possible if both the driver and the visual assistance systems have a clear view.

Especially in the case of poor weather conditions, this can only be ensured if there is sufficient fluid in the corresponding cleaning system and if the fluid does not freeze during the journey.

The AST sensors measure the fluid level and the temperature in the fluid tank as well as the antifreeze (ethanol/methanol) concentration. This enables the driver to top up in good time and travel with confidence.

Water Injection Sensors

Sensors for measuring the fluid level and the degree of purity for water injection systems

<h2>Water Injection Sensors</h2>

Water injection is a temperature reduction process for internal combustion engines, boosting performance while also reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

In order to prevent damage to the engine, it must be ensured at all times that sufficient demineralized water and no foreign fluids such as gasoline or windshield wiper fluid are present in the water tank.

The AST sensors detect foreign fluids via a conductivity measurement (based on an additional measured variable), as distilled water is non-conductive. Other non-conductive fluids are also safely detected.

Battery sensors

Sensors for measuring the current, voltage, temperature, and status of vehicle batteries

<h2>Battery sensors</h2>

Increasing electrification of vehicles has led to increasing demands being placed on vehicle batteries. Our high-precision contactless battery sensors determine the current, voltage, temperature, and status of starter batteries, providing information on aging effects and precise predictions of the remaining service life and performance capacity.

This helps prevent breakdowns due to drained batteries, with drivers knowing exactly when a battery needs to be replaced.

Our contactless measurement procedure offers a range of benefits: Not only is it permanently available, it can be flawlessly combined with start-stop functions and additional emissions-reducing measures.

Wear sensor

Sensors for measuring the wear level of mechanical assemblies and systems

<h2>Wear sensor</h2>

Every mechanical assembly sustains a certain amount of wear the longer it is used. This presents itself in a variety of ways, including changes to component geometry and traces of mechanical wear in the form of material deposits on the component surface. These largely undesired changes occur on components such as clutches, transmissions, and brakes.

Wear impairs the function and effectiveness of components, which can lead to serious component damage and subsequent failure. This in turn requires the investment of additional time beyond the scope of the usual service intervals. While this may simply be an annoyance for users of private vehicles, it can cost a significant amount of money for operators of commercial vehicles including trucks and buses. After all, downtime is sure to result in lost earnings. It is therefore necessary to limit wear to easily replaceable components known as wear parts.

As our smart sensors continuously monitor the wear level of safety-related components, and given that we are even able to determine the current temperature on request, we can use corresponding algorithms to issue highly precise predictions of how the operating status will change over time within the assemblies. This therefore enables the individual optimization of service times. For example, our sensors in brake systems can detect whether a brake disc has been warped by thermal overload or whether dirt is limiting the effectiveness of a brake piston. This not only prevents breakdowns and critical driving statuses, it also eliminates the need for regular visual inspection.

Steering column switch

Key vehicle control element

<h2>Steering column switch</h2>

Steering column switches are control elements that are attached to the steering column of a vehicle and control a whole host of functions. They can trigger other components through latching or jogging functions via tangential movement (e.g. turn signal), through pulling (e.g. flasher), or through pressing with or without a latch (e.g. high beam). Additional functions include cruise control and interval windshield wipers, plus the retarder and warning lights in commercial vehicles.

Our sensor based switches are free from wear and suitable even for high loads and challenging environmental influences (e.g. sand, dust, and water). This makes them particularly suitable for deployment in commercial vehicles.

Rotary switch

Configuration switch for light and additional vehicle functions

<h2>Rotary switch</h2>

The rotary light switch is one of the classic control elements featured in vehicles, with actuation always leading to a specific switch status.

The basic version features three settings and is used to control the driving and parking light. However, other switches designed as rotary/pull multi-switches can operate additional light functions such as fog lights, rear fog lights, marker lights, and position lamps on commercial vehicles.

Our sensor based switches are free from wear and suitable even for high loads and challenging environmental influences (e.g. sand, dust, and water). This makes them particularly suitable for deployment in commercial vehicles.

Pushbutton switch

Drive-Neutral-Reverse gear selector switch for automatic transmission

<h2>Pushbutton switch</h2>

Where vehicle transmissions once required mechanical switching of the gear selector lever via a rod or hoist in order to change gears, the DNR pushbutton switch now largely assumes the role of the shift lever in modern electrically connected automatic transmissions.

Our DNR pushbutton switch can therefore be positioned to provide maximum ergonomic benefits for the driver seated in the vehicle.

DNR pushbutton switches are subject to very strict requirements reflecting their important safety role – and ours comply with the international Standard Automotive Safety Integrity Level C (ASIL-C).