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Position Sensors for the Automotive Industry

Product Announcement from Novotechnik U.S., Inc.

Position Sensors for the Automotive Industry-Image

Ultra Reliable Position Sensors for the Automotive Industry

At 200 MPH There Is No Margin For Error.

Why settle for less in your passenger or commercial vehicles? Novotechnik sensors are critical to the success of top Formula One, CART, Indy Racing League, and World Rally Championship teams. They are used for throttle and pedal position, steering, ride-height and automated gear selection. With budgets for some teams exceeding $100 million per year, they can use any sensor from any supplier. They choose Novotechnik because they are "ultra reliable".
Yet these Novotechnik sensors are not unique to racing. The same sensor technology can be found in the Novotechnik sensor in the car or truck that might be in your driveway right now.

Novotechnik is a world leader in the technical development and manufacturing of high-durability position sensors and other motion control components. Combining engineering excellence and expertise, Novotechnik develops and manufactures a wide range of the highest quality products to serve the automotive and non-automotive industries.

Every day over 30,000 vehicles roll off U.S. and European production lines with steering, engine management, and chassis systems built around Novotechnik throttle, steering, stability regulation, gear selection, and pedal position sensors. Novotechnik's U.S. Automotive Division based in Livonia, Michigan, provides the first-hand, on-the-spot technical support that Automotive manufacturers and their Tier 1 suppliers need to develop systems that can improve performance and handling.

Engineering excellence - combined with strict quality controls, volume manufacturing capacity and reliable delivery - establishes Novotechnik as a top supplier to leading Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. ISO/TS-16949 certified.

The Robert Bosch Corporation cited Novotechnik's record of "Constructive cooperation and continuous improvement" in naming Novotechnik "Worldwide Supplier of the Year." In addition to Bosch, Novotechnik customers include:

  • BMW
  • DaimlerChrysler
  • Delphi
  • Ferrari
  • Hella
  • NVG
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • Toyota
  • VDO
  • Volkswagen

Steer-by-Wire and Electric Assist - Options for Automotive Manufacturers

Hydraulic power steering can sap a car's performance creating parasitic power loss and driving down fuel economy as much as 5 percent. Steer-by-Wire and electric-assist power steering systems, on the other hand, are exceptionally compact, light, and easy to maintain, making them practical even in vehicles with small engines where performance might rule out hydraulic steering.
Novotechnik sensors, mounted on both the steering rack or and column, are highly durable and redundant mission critical devices providing information to a control computer that calculates position and power assist requirements. Novotechnik is providing sensors to Tier 1 and OEMs for these innovative steering

Engine Management - Fuel Efficiency, Emissions and Performance

The engine control systems found on many luxury and high-performance automobiles depend on Novotechnik position sensors to provide optimal engine management. In these throttle-by-wire systems, Novotechnik accelerator pedal sensors provide pedal position to the Engine Control Unit and Novotechnik throttle-body sensors provide position feedback of the throttle butterfly valve. Top Tier 1 Suppliers and Automotive OEMs demand Novotechnik performance and durability for these mission critical systems. To date, Novotechnik's customer has not recorded a single field failure of the throttle sensor, over six years and 15 million sensors. Not one. Zero

Electronic Stability in Rain, Snow and Ice

Electronic systems can help provide needed stability while cornering or driving in rain, snow and ice. The reliability of these systems has been demonstrated in Formula 1 race cars that can power through corners as if on rails. Stability Regulation, Handling, and Skid Electronic Stability Control Systems combine intelligent braking and electronic throttle controls with yaw rate sensors to control the throttle and activate the appropriate combination of individual wheel brakes needed to bring the vehicle back under control when it starts to skid, sway, or slide.

Extremely durable and highly precise, Novotechnik sensors measure steering angle, throttle valve position, and accelerator pedal position to provide accurate input to the stability control systems found in many high- performance and luxury automobiles.

Four-Wheel Steering - Like Driving on Rails

Four-wheel steering improves maneuverability and stability on the highway while making low-speed parking and turning easier for the driver. With four-wheel steering, the rear wheels are controlled by an electronic system. At high speeds, the rear wheels are steered in the same direction as the front. The result: the car drives as if on rails as the system compensates for the lateral force exerted on the rear wheels that can cause a vehicle to sway or skid. Safety and performance are enhanced. At low speeds, the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction from the front to reduce the vehicle's turning circle making parallel parking a piece of cake.

Novotechnik position sensors at the driver's wheel and the rear axle provide the high-resolution, multiple-redundant measurements necessary to implement four-wheel steering.

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