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24.09.2015

Carboteq® – Swiss high-tech solutions for racing and road vehicles

Category: Global, Composites

 

The previously available assessment methods for determining the wear of carbon-ceramic brake discs were time-consuming, basic and imprecise. Brake discs had to be cleaned and weighed at considerable expense, and then were assessed with the naked eye. It was not really possible to make reliable statements regarding the remaining service life of the discs.

That's now a thing of the past. Carboteq is the first precision instrument worldwide for measuring the wear of discs with a highly reliable and efficient method. Carboteq relies on pulse induction technology, which is the basis of a very quick, simple and precise test procedure. The user places the instrument on the brake disc and can immediately read the measured value.

The electromagnetic field generated by the induction coils in the Carboteq penetrates the entire body of the disc. In combination with a highly developed signal evaluation system, this makes it possible to precisely measure the wear of the carbon fibres. 

With the help of the laser, the instrument is precisely positioned for measurement. The measured value can be read immediately and can then be compared with the engraved Carboteq value.

The initial tests were originally carried out directly at the race track. In this way, Carboteq was developed in cooperation with established sports car manufacturers and BSCCB (Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes), the Italian/German brake disc specialist.

The popularity and rapid spread of carbon ceramic brake discs in road vehicles has led to a strong demand for this precise and quick measuring method. The VW Group has included Carboteq 2013 in its special tool range in order to equip its workshops worldwide with Carboteq. Other OEMs in the automotive industry are in the process of introducing the product.


Back to the race track

Even though carbon ceramic brake discs are extremely durable under normal conditions, their service life can be significantly shortened by a certain style of driving. In order to be able to guarantee the safety of passengers at all times, all components of a brake system must be regularly inspected. In motor racing in particular, this is mandatory. For this reason, after the original tests on the race track, Proceq has resumed its activities on the race track in 2015 as partner of the Association of Swiss Porsche Clubs and the Porsche Sports Cup Suisse racing series.

Markus Rothweiler, President of the Association of Swiss Porsche Clubs welcomes this: "We are happy about this new partnership with Proceq, and think that this will be of mutual benefit." Dr. Ralph Mennicke, CEO of the Proceq Group, adds: "It is important for Proceq to establish a direct connection with the motorsport scene in order to promote regular exchange. Since our instrument has already been established in Porsche workshops all over the world, this for us is the perfect involvement with the world of motorsports."

Carboteq measurement of a carbon ceramic brake disc at the Porsche Sports Cup Suisse 2015 in Misano, Italy.

In 2014, Proceq introduced the measuring instrument to a wide audience at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show and received very positive feedback. This year, Proceq will be presenting Carboteq to a large international audience at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt.


For more information on Proceq and Carboteq, please visit www.proceq.com and www.carboteq.com.

Press photographs are available from: http://www.carboteq.com/pr/presskit/carboteq_presskit.zip

About Proceq
Proceq was founded in 1954 and produces high-quality portable test instruments for the non-destructive measurement of concrete, metal, stone, paper and compound materials. Proceq develops and produces in Switzerland and, with its research and development team, regularly launches products in the market which set new standards in the industry. The Swiss company – with branches in North and South America, Great Britain, Russia, the Middle East, China and South-East Asia – provides a top-class local service to its international customers. Proceq is part of the Tectus Group. For more information: www.proceq.com and www.carboteq.com

About the Tectus Group
The Tectus Group started life in 1944 with the formation of the BBR Group, the leading company in construction technology and pre-stress and cable stay technology for bridges. From 1954 Proceq specialised in measuring instruments and system solutions for non-destructive material testing. In addition, the Tectus Group is active in property development and management in Europe and in the Far East, and since 1991 has been acquiring holdings and entering into partnerships in order to diversify into the fields of television, pay TV, internet activities, mineral water and biomedical technology in the field of neurosciences. Simultaneously, the Tectus Group has pursued geographical expansion, focusing on Central Europe and the Far East. Tectus is a family-owned company with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information: www.tectusgroup.com

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Andre Näf
Head of Global Marketing
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