HORIBA prepares for the future with its new Brake Dust application

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The new approach helps to make the world cleaner and equips customers for future legislative changes. HORIBA improves the measurability of generated particles during vehicle braking with the updated MEXA-2x00SPCS (Solid Particle Counting System).

HORIBA, a leading supplier and innovator for complete automotive test solutions, provides a new initiative for the industry. The advanced system is now able to measure and analyse nanoparticles released during braking events, which are suspected to have a negative impact on health. The European Union is currently initiating a new legislation at the moment to minimize these effects by including so-called non-exhaust emissions into the existing emission legislation. With Brake Dust application, users will be able to comply with upcoming regulations.

An essential component of the HORIBA Brake Dust application is the improved MEXA-2x00-SPCS. The Solid Particle Counting System takes brake dust measurement technology to the next level and can be integrated into a broad range of existing brake test systems and the STARS Brake automation software from HORIBA. The system can count particles from 2.5µm down to 10nm thanks to the complex condensation process. In order not to falsify the measurement results, particles with a size over 2.5µm are not detected and excluded by the application. In addition to measuring the number of particles, it is also possible to measure particle matter, particle size distribution and conduct an elemental analysis. Furthermore, the application is also in line with current emission standards, is easy to adjust and allows for a more efficient utilization of the system.

Matthias Schröder, Director Research and Development (R&D), emphasized, “At HORIBA we want to make the world cleaner and more efficient. To achieve this, we continuously work on solutions, such as the Brake Dust application, that support our customers and partners as they improve their technology. We can prepare our customers with an appropriate solution even before the regulatory framework has been established.”

Together with renowned automobile manufactures, HORIBA has spent many years researching and honing the newest technologies for identifying brake wear particles. Thanks to this close cooperation, HORIBA is able to deliver state-of-the-art testing systems.

Many years of experience and expertise meet in Flörsheim

In addition, environmentally conscious customers can experience the concentrated know-how of HORIBA’s brake test solutions in the Brake Test Center in Flörsheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

With the Brake Dust application, HORIBA further expands its range for brake test systems with the coming legislation and the effect or brake wear particles on the human health in mind.