Horiba Automotive: Shifting the Lens to Brake Dust Emissions

The ongoing challenge in the automotive sector: Beyond engine emissions to brake dust.

As environmental regulations continue to grow more stringent, the automotive industry has seen a significant reduction in the emissions produced by internal combustion engines. Legislative measures have curtailed harmful pollutants, fostering cleaner air and more eco-friendly driving solutions. But while advancements in engine technology and cleaner fuel sources have reduced the pollutants from exhausts, a clear improvement in overall air quality remains elusive.

Enter brake dust. As the automotive industry and environmental watchdogs look for answers, the spotlight is turning to the lesser-known culprits. One such emerging concern is the particulate matter generated from brake wear, commonly referred to as “brake dust.”

Understanding Brake Dust

Every time a vehicle brakes, microscopic particles wear off the brake pads and discs. These particles, although minute, when amassed in large numbers, can contribute to local air pollution. Consisting of metals like copper, iron, and other compounds, brake dust is known to be harmful when inhaled, making it a potential public health concern.

Horiba Automotive’s Pioneering Solution

With a heritage steeped in emission measurement and brake testing, Horiba Automotive is uniquely positioned to tackle this challenge. The company’s latest video delves deep into its comprehensive solution for brake dust measurement.

Horiba’s offering is holistic, covering the gamut of measurement needs:

  1. Particle Number Measurement: Determining the number of emitted particles is crucial to understanding the scale of emissions.
  2. Particle Mass Measurement: Weighing the particles gives a sense of the volume of emissions, providing a more tangible measure of the problem.
  3. Particle Size Distribution: By gauging the range of particle sizes, Horiba’s technology can identify the most prevalent and potentially most harmful particles.
  4. Elemental Analysis: Understanding the chemical makeup of the particles allows for a deeper comprehension of the environmental and health impact.

Towards a Cleaner Future

The automotive sector has come a long way in reducing the impact of engine emissions, but there’s always more to be done. As Horiba Automotive underscores, it’s vital to look at all potential sources of pollution, including those that have been overshadowed in the past. Brake dust, while perhaps lesser-known, is a crucial piece of the puzzle in our quest for cleaner air and a healthier environment.

For those keen on diving deeper into the technology and solutions offered by Horiba Automotive, their official website provides a wealth of information.

The path to a cleaner automotive future is multifaceted. With industry leaders like Horiba Automotive at the forefront, there’s hope for meaningful progress in all areas of vehicle emissions, ensuring a cleaner and safer environment for all.

The Brake Report
The Brake Report

The BRAKE Report is an online media platform dedicated to the automotive and commercial vehicle brake segments. Our mission is to provide the global brake community with the latest news & headlines from around the industry.