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04.02.2020 – 11:55


Massive time savings during vehicle setup

Massive time savings during vehicle setup
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With the new thermomodule M-TDC 8, IPETRONIK introduces its first thermo device with the patented TDC (thermo direct connect) technology, which allows the plugless contacting of measuring point and module. The sensor cable is inserted directly into the module, contacting and interlocking automatically. This fast and easy method saves precious time when setting up measuring points and sensors and further improves the workflow.

The contacting of sensor cables and plugs still is a complex and time-consuming process. Both wires have to be connected to the screw contacts of the plugs by hand. The risk of measurement errors is high, e.g. due to reverse polarity of the wires. For this reason, IPETRONIK has developed a new form of contacting: the 8-channel M-TDC 8 provides a precision contact head in which the pear-shaped sensor cable is inserted. Special needle adapters establish the contacting and automatic interlocking.

The asymmetrical cable cross-section assures reverse polarity protection - the sensor cable cannot be inserted into the module with the wrong polarity. In addition to that, the cables are coated and insulated with a very durable and electrically insulating Teflon®-based material resistant to aggressive media as well as heat and cold; it can be used from -190°C up to +260°C.

The new system offers solutions for existing sensor systems using subminiature thermo plugs with contact plates as well. The M-TDC adapter connector developed for these plugs also provides the needle contacting system and an automatic latching mechanism.

The M-TDC 8 is developed for engine compartment applications but can be installed almost everywhere due to its compact design. It has 8 thermocouple measurement inputs type K (NiCr/NiAl) and meets all quality requirements (protection class IP65, shock and temperature resistance), making it ideal for harsh environments. Measurement inputs, CAN interface, module supply, and casing are galvanically isolated. The module fits seamlessly into the IPETRONIK hard- and software infrastructure; form and casing match the M2 family so that the M-TDC can be operated in every system chain.

IPETRONIK GmbH & Co. KG is a globally operating company for mobile measurement technologies, DAQ software, engineering services and test bench technology for the automotive industry. The combination of these strategically interrelated business divisions is unique to today's market. Since the company's founding in 1989, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers have relied on the high quality, reliability and precision of IPETRONIK products and services to meet demanding research, development and testing requirements in automotive and numerous other industrial applications. The innovative hardware/software solutions and test bench technology are developed and produced in Germany. A worldwide distribution network and its own subsidiaries for example in India, Sweden and North America ensure global distribution with local support. IPETRONIK is owned by INDUS Holding AG.

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