Innovative damping systems: How we rethink driving comfort

Automotive-sector | Engineering | innovation | Hilly, smooth or curvy - with the innovative damping system, the vehicle adapts optimally to the driving situation and thus significantly increases vehicle stability.

At the beginning of 2020 thyssenkrupp made it into the 100 most active companies in the European Patent Office’s ranking for the fifth time in succession. In 2019 alone the Group filed patents for more than 600 inventions worldwide for the first time. This innovative strength and the aim of developing tomorrow’s technologies today also drove the experts at thyssenkrupp BILSTEIN to develop their revolutionary damping technology. Its adjustable vibration damper is one of more than 22,000 innovations protected by patents in the company’s 125-year history.

How our dampers provide more driving comfort

In 1954, thyssenkrupp BILSTEIN revolutionized damping technology and has since been impressing customers with its top quality and top performance in motorsports and as original equipment for major car brands. For customers such as Mercedes-Benz and other premium manufacturers, our experts have developed the BILSTEIN DampTronic X® automatic damping force adjustment system, which has been patented under file number 10 2015 102 478.0.

DampTronic X® is a damper with an electromagnetically adjustable damping system. This makes the damping harder or softer as required, thus increasing driving comfort and vehicle stability. The result: the vehicle is always optimally adapted to the respective driving situation.

At the heart of the patented technology is an electromagnetically controllable separate bypass for the damping medium. This means that BILSTEIN DampTronic X® offers maximum safety thanks to its high power reserves and is perfectly suited to series production use in vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and other vehicle manufacturers. Particularly in minivans, SUVs or MPVs that tend to sway, the technology ensures greater comfort and a smooth and even ride.

thyssenkrupp’s patent department is one of the oldest in the country. Each year its colleagues protect around 600 new innovations through patents. Dr. Stephan Wolke, CEO of the central patent department at engineered, explains the work of the intellectual property expert.

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