STARS Brake - Automation System

Test Automation System for Brake Testing

The STARS Brake Automation System is an integrated automation, acquisition and control system that provides a broad range of application functionality in a single, powerful environment. STARS Brake provides the user with an interface to control all aspects of the brake dynamometer in one location, enabling increased efficiency and fluency of the testing and development procedures. 

STARS Brake is designed to address the needs of a wide range of brake testing applications from component development to certification of vehicles ranging from motercyles to high speed railway applications.

  • Complete brake dynamometer automation system that allows multi-day test procedures to be carried out without interruption 
  • Execution of manual or automatically operated tests. Control via a handheld unit or directly through the STARS user-interface
  • Acquisition, monitoring, visualization and reporting of measured parameters 
  • Background calculations to derive additional measurement values 
  • Brake pressure profile customization 
  • Real-time audio playback during NVH investigations 
  • Logging of events during the test, such as system messages and user entered comments 


Application examples of STARS Brake include:

  • Noise, vibration and harshness
  • Durability and performance development
  • Brake emissions measurements 
  • Water spray and mist test control
  • Climatic temperature control and ventilation system control
  • Quality checks 
  • Electric parking brake system actuation and control 
  • Brake system regeneration simulation
  • Road load simulation 

STARS Brake Application Suites

STARS Brake offers users a level of flexibility and openness that is unmatched in the market. The STARS Brake experts can provide a variety amount of well-known industry test procedures and can also develop customer specific test procedures. To eliminate test down-time all test procedures come pre-loaded on the STARS Brake workstation or can also be transferred digitally allowing the user to simply load the program. 

The HORIBA STARS Brake Application Suites consist of ‘ready-to-go’ test procedure(s) according to the relevant brake test specifications. The suites include any STARS resource which is required to run the test immediately e.g. test schedules, data loggers, display pages, limit sets and much more. The measuring data will be stored in STARS data format, as numerical DIAdem® sheets (Full Sheet) and as a standard test report or complete National Instruments DIAdem® based data evaluation.

The HORIBA Brake Application Suites include a full range of public standards for brake testing for hydraulic and pneumatic actuated disc and drum brakes. They contain performance tests as well as NVH procedures of passenger car brakes and light to heavy duty truck brakes. Additionally, HORIBA provides more than 50 application suites of well-known, global OEMs.


AK MasterPerformanceWear and Friction Behaviour
AK NoiseNVHNoise and Vibration Behaviour
SAE J2521NVHDisc and Drum Brake Dynamometer Squeal Noise Matrix
SAE J2522PerformanceDynamometer Global Brake Effectiveness
Jaso C406PerformancePassenger Car - Braking Device - Dynamometer Test Procedures
Jaso C419DurabilityPassenger Cars - Service Brake - Structural Integrity
Jaso C436PerformanceParking Brake Device Dynamometer Test Procedures
ECE R90PerformanceBraking Performance (Aftermarket-Requirement)

Note: Distribution of the Application Suites and data evaluations scripts based on specific automotive industry standards requires the permission from the owner of the relevant regulation.

DIAdem® is a registered Trademark of National Instruments Inc. USA.

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