New vehicle energy system for low-voltage applications celebrate première in Stuttgart

KRATZER AUTOMATION at the Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015

Munich, May 2015. KRATZER AUTOMATION will be presenting innovative test bench solutions for the mobility of the future at the Automotive Testing Expo 2015 in Stuttgart. The highlight this year is a new vehicle energy system with which battery simulations and tests can be performed in the low-voltage range. KRATZER AUTOMATION is thereby supporting the development of components and applications for 48 volt vehicle electrical systems. Trade visitors can also find out about the whole spectrum of KRATZER AUTOMATION test bench solutions on the fair stand (Hall 1, Stand 1724).


Many automotive manufacturers and suppliers are currently investigating the potential applications of 48 volt vehicle electrical systems. A high-performance low-voltage system in the vehicle opens up a whole host of applications that are not possible with standard 12 volt systems – from innovative assistance and information systems for more driving comfort and greater safety through to mild hybrid concepts for reducing the fuel consumption. A 48 volt battery, for example, quadruples the maximum recuperation potential from braking force recovery. The electrical power gained of up to 12 kW can then be used for additional thrust during starting or acceleration – or for emission-free "coasting" with the internal combustion engine switched off.


In order to promote the development of batteries and other components for 48 volt systems, KRATZER AUTOMATION is now offering a new version of its proven vehicle energy system. The highly dynamic DC actuator developed by KRATZER AUTOMATION can be used as battery simulator or for battery testing in the low-voltage range and allows the behaviour of individual components or whole systems to be tested under reproducible conditions.


In practical use the systems are characterised by extremely high dynamism and very precise control quality. In the high-voltage range up to 1000 volts, vehicle energy systems from KRATZER AUTOMATION have already been used for many years by a large number of automotive manufacturers and suppliers for tests on hybrid vehicles and alternative drive systems.


At the Automotive Testing Expo Europe KRATZER AUTOMATION will also be presenting the latest versions of its software solutions PAtools TX and testXplorer-Suite. With the PAtools TX automation software KRATZER AUTOMATION enables test routines on different test bench types to be efficiently controlled and reliable measurement results to be generated. The testXplorer-Suite comprises powerful tools for simple and safe management and organisation of the test data in the test field.


On the fair stand, experts from KRATZER AUTOMATION will be demonstrating how the company's software solutions optimise the whole process route of a test order – from the placement of the order with the testing department through the material compilation and the performance of the test up to the handling of the measurement results. Furthermore the project managers will be showing – using a current example from practice – how an automotive manufacturer was able to significantly reduce the number of necessary test runs using a test bench solution from KRATZER AUTOMATION.

The Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2015 will be staged from 16 to 18 June 2015 at the Neue Messe Stuttgart. KRATZER AUTOMATION will be exhibiting in Hall 1 on Stand 1724.


Opening hours:
Tuesday, 16 June: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 17 June: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 18 June: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 




KRATZER AUTOMATION was founded in 1980 by Gerhard Kratzer and Paul Balz as Gerhard Kratzer GmbH Automatisierungstechnik München. From the outset, the company focused on creating industrial, process-related software. Projects in the company’s early years addressed a wide range of industries: in addition to developing the software for Ruhrgas’ operations control center in Essen, the company was also commissioned to automate engine test benches for SHELL and BMW Motorsport and supported the ADAC in controlling its breakdown service fleet through the use of mobile data communications.


Since the mid-1980s, the company began developing software tools for various applications, for example for capturing and storing measurements and displaying them in diagrams. Early in the 1990s, KRATZER AUTOMATION was transformed from a pure software company to a general contractor offering an end-to-end service. In 1999, the company was converted into a stock corporation.


For more than 33 years, KRATZER AUTOMATION has been a successful software company for process-oriented solutions in the automotive, electronic manufacturing and the transport industries. In all three sectors, we strive for optimal solutions and efficient processes along the customer value chain.


The workforce increased continuously to its current level of around 300 employees who work at eight locations worldwide both in Europe and Asia. In addition to its headquarters in Munich, KRATZER AUTOMATION runs branch offices in Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, as well as subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Czech Republic and China.

The following organizations are customers of KRATZER AUTOMATION: BMW, Bosch, Geodis CIBLEX, Daimler, DB Schenker, DHL, DPD, IDS Logistik, Liebherr, MAN, MTU, Porsche, Austrian Post, TNT, Umicore, VW and Zollner.

In its Test Systems division, KRATZER AUTOMATION plans and implements test systems for the automotive industry, for example for engines, turbochargers and gear chains. In particular, the company focuses on developing test benches for energy-saving and environmentally friendly drive concepts.

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