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Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH uses ProCam and MoveInspect DPS

10 June 2016

Vision Zero, the vision of accident-free driving, is one of the longterm goals of Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH, one of the largest engineering centers for vehicle safety in Europe. As part of Continental‘s Chassis and Safety Division, it focuses on technologies for vehicle safety and driving dynamics. Equipped with high-end technology and an experienced team, the company has operated since 1992 a proofing ground for vehicle safety testing in Alzenau. The test facility for vehicle crash allows real crash situations to be simulated under laboratory conditions. 

Since 2006, Continental has been using AICON‘s ProCam system for fast and easy vehicle measurement before and after crash tests, as well as for structural deformation analysis. Since 2013, the team has also been working with MoveInspect DPS for online 3D dummy positioning. A complete solution from a single source!

From vehicle crash tests, sled testing through to airbag laboratory tests or static bodywork testing – vehicles weighing up to eight tons and speeds of up to 125 kilometers per hour are tested in Alzenau. To determine the deformations, they are geometrically measured with optical methods before and after the crash test. 

Initially, the cars were checked with a mechanically-based coordinate measuring machine. Optical systems, in contrast, provide userindependent and reproducible results, responding to the increasing requirements of automobile manufacturers. To remain competitive on the market with regard to 3D measuring systems, Continental chose the ProCam to implement its structural deformation analyses. The system provides fast and accurate results even in poorly accessible points. Only one orientation (RPS transformation) is necessary for measurement of the entire vehicle. This is an enormous time and accuracy advantage, because „leap-frogs“ are avoided. The hand-held ProCam probe is configurable with interchangeable measuring tips with which the points to be measured are probed.

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