Today’s cars are high-powered technology hubs, packed with mechatronic components that deliver ever-increasing levels of driver assistance; they can even perform some maneuvers autonomously. However, impressive features and functions such as these need to be supported by comprehensive testing with specialized equipment, backed by specific know-how. One leading provider of these resources is Anthony Best Dynamics Limited, a British company based in the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon in south-western England.
Many vehicle developers throughout the world operate one of AB Dynamics’ leading solutions: the Suspension Parameter Measuring Machine (SPMM), a complex test stand that can simulate a car’s behavior by applying combined roll, pitch, bounce, and yaw motions on a moving platform. Under each of the four wheel stations, a multicomponent force link set of piezoelectric load cells ensures accurate measurement of all forces and moments: the 9366CC series from Kistler is a customizable kit with four sensing elements that deliver maximum accuracy thanks to their high rigidity and natural frequency.