Winterthur, 3 September 2015 – Kistler is launching its KiBox Cockpit V2.1 – a comprehensive software update for the Kistler KiBox indication system. Kistler's KiBox delivers detailed information about the quality of combustion in each individual cylinder, with all the relevant key data for engine development available in real time. Software update V2.1 means that the system can now be used directly on engine test benches, as well for mobile applications in vehicles on the road. Additional new features also broaden the scope of use for KiBox: new calculation options, added virtual channels and valuable expert functions. Developed in close collaboration with customers, this software can now be downloaded free of charge from Kistler's website.
KiBox Cockpit V2.1 for Use on Engine Test Benches
Kistler's KiBox is now fully usable on test benches with the update to version 2.1. A universal test bench interface means that it can be integrated into commonly used automation systems such as Morphee, PUMA Open and Stars. This makes it possible not only to control the combustion analysis system but also to output measurands to the automation system, opening up a host of potential applications for users.
Extended Hardware Compatibility
KiBox Cockpit V2.1 supports accurate determination of the Top Dead Center (TDC) with the help of a capacitive TDC probe. This is an extremely useful feature, especially for high-precision test bench measurements. Another benefit of the new software: Kistler's new type 4665B piezoresistive amplifier with automatic sensor identification (PiezoSmart®) and analog sensor temperature output is now supported as well. This marks a further logical advance in the concept for shared use of Kistler's SCP (Signal Conditioning Platform) components.
Added Virtual Channels
The new software introduces virtual channels to increase the number of available channels. Multiplexed ignition or injection signals from several cylinders can now be connected to one current probe input, so ignition or injection timing calculations can be performed for all cylinders.
Calculations and Expert Functions
Several new features make the Kistler KiBox more efficient, more precise and more convenient for users: new calculation methods and calculations such as ‘indicated torque’, a general statistics package and additional expert functions for data display and analysis.
Simple Integration – Versatile Applications
The Kistler KiBox operates with the vehicle's own crank angle sensor, and it also supports simple integration into ETAS INCA®, VECTOR CANape and ATI VISION; alternatively, results can also be outputted via a CAN port or a remote API interface. What's more, standalone operating mode entirely eliminates the need for a PC when measuring (stream or CAN output).
Complete System for Cylinder Pressure Diagnostics
Kistler's KiBox is a complete system for combustion analysis. It delivers detailed information on combustion quality in each individual cylinder, and makes key data available in real time – synchronized with other measurement data and ECU control variables. The KiBox is designed for users who need information on injection valve actuation, ignition and combustion – but it can also be used as a standalone standard system for indication in vehicles or on the test bench.
You can find more details about this product here. To learn more about Kistler's solutions for on-board indication, visit: www.kistler.com/engine-mobile
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