KRATZER AUTOMATION AG Germany wants to extend its business with test beds for the automotive industry. For this purpose the company has agreed to a cooperation contract with Engine Systems Innovation Inc. for the marketing of hot gas test benches in North America. This is about innovative test systems for exhaust-driven turbochargers. KRATZER AUTOMATION has developed the hot gas technology for exhaust-driven turbocharger test benches authoritatively and is today's leading international provider of this technology. Engine Systems Innovation Inc., California, takes on the technical sales support, consulting and customer support in the context of this cooperation for the turbocharger test benches of KRATZER AUTOMATION. Target markets are primarily the USA, Canada and Mexico.
The demand for more energy efficient internal combustion engines is also increasing in North America. These are almost always supercharged engines with exhaust-driven turbochargers. The new engine concepts require an exact coordination of engine, electronic control unit and turbocharger. For this purpose the engine developer needs exact characteristics of the exhaust-driven turbochargers, particularly exactly measured criterions across the whole operating range.
This is where KRATZER AUTOMATION sees its opportunities: The company from Unterschleissheim near Munich currently disposes of the most modern testing technologies for exhaust-driven turbochargers. The test systems enable various tests like recording of turbine and compressor maps, the test of bearings and casings as well as blow-by tests, leakage and lifespan tests with different cycles.
In the context of the cooperation contract, Engine Systems Innovation Inc. will take on the technical sales support, consulting and customer support for the exhaust-driven turbochargers test benches of KRATZER AUTOMATION. Engine Systems Innovation with headquarters in California is an independent consulting company with its main emphasis on exhaust-driven turbochargers.
"The cooperation with Engine Systems Innovation extends our capacities. We can now offer our customers in North America comprehensive consulting and a local support on a bigger scale than before" states Gerhard Kratzer, CEO of KRATZER AUTOMATION AG.
We perceive an amplified interest in a modern test technology for exhaust-driven turbochargers in the North American market. I therefore see excellent chances for the innovative technologies of KRATZER AUTOMATION" states Steve Arnold, CEO of Engine Systems Innovation. "We can offer our customers approved and mature systems with test beds of KRATZER AUTOMATION. More than 60 installed systems running stable and reliably since their beginning of operation (mostly 24/7) speak their own language".
The turbocharger test benches of KRATZER AUTOMATION are used by automobile manufacturers and suppliers as well as development partners in Europe and Asia. Honeywell Turbo Technology, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, IHI Charging Systems International in Germany and IHI Corporation in Japan, as well as renowned development service providers like FEV and IAV are for example part of the customers who use this technology. The field of application of the test beds ranges from exhaust-driven turbochargers for passenger cars with a small cubic capacity to utility vehicles and up to the heavy-duty turbochargers for marine diesel engines and stationary propulsions.
Date of publication: January 05, 2010