Source: LF GmbH & Co. KG
Leverkusen, Germany – Development of sensor technology in brake pads for the user’s benefit is part of the platform strategy of LIQFRIC® – the first innovative brake-pad-from-liquid process pioneered by LF GmbH & Co. KG.
Since the launch three years ago of its LIQFRIC® products, LF GmbH & Co. KG has striven to achieve efficient energy management during the manufacturing process of friction pads, which results in reduced resource needs.
Unlike production of conventional friction pads (with its high temperatures and extreme pressure), RFID chips can be embedded into the liquid compound of the LIQFRIC process during the die-casting.
“We have met one of our most important development goals of 2019! We have embedded a RFID chip into a brake pad for the first time. Based on our LIQFRIC® technology for the manufacturing of friction materials from liquid phase, we have embedded a preprogrammed chip during the die-casting process into a friction pad and successfully read it out,” R. Milczarek, head of R&D at LF GMBH & CO. KG.
LF GmbH & Co. KG has started a collaboration with a renowned German research association on a project on integrating sensors into friction pads. First test results are expected in spring 2020.
Integrated sensors allow for various future possibilities, for example:
- Protection from product piracy
- Wear measurement
- Thermal management
The company has successfully proven the efficacy and practicability of this new concept of manufacturing clutch- and friction pads during the past months in various projects with several renowned project partners.
LF GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2016 with the goal of manufacturing friction materials by using a liquid die-casting process. The company is located in Leverkusen, where it develops, produces and distributes two-component liquid friction compounds for the manufacturing of brake- and clutch friction materials.
For more information about LF GmbH & Co. KG and the brand LIQFRIC®: www.liqfric.com.