Sonceboz are one of Europe’s leading stepper motor and linear actuator manufacturers and hold a top three position in several drive industry and automotive, especially under-hood segments. Located in Switzerland, the company have subsidiaries in France and the USA.
Their core competencies consist in converting data into motion for harsh environments.
Their main activities are motors and interfaces customized to specific applications. Data management with appropriated software and hardware, combined with enhanced mechanics and sensor technology, enable them to provide complete mechatronic solutions.
The main applications in the lighting and driver assistance are DBL, LVL, dynamic cut-off line, and ACC systems or governor controls that require linear actuators.
New actuators concepts for LVL (Dynamic levelling light) and DBL (Dynamic bending light) were presented by Sonceboz during the Electronica trade fair last week (Nov11-14, 2008).
A full demonstrator kit was shown, featuring innovative actuators integrated into a Xenon headlamp unit.
Based on the proven permanent magnet technology, these new linear actuators are designed to drive the directional movement of a headlamp
Offering a 25mm travel course and a force of 35N, it allows positioning the headlamp’s light beam with transition’s signal information.
The integration of a position contactless sensor allows a referencing function without altering compactness and weight of the whole unit.
Specially designed for automotive lighting hash conditions it is fitting a temperature range from -40°C up to +125°C, and resists to vibrations up to 10G. The reliability of the actuator is reinforced by the limited number of pieces into action (no reducer: direct drive solution).
Besides these automotive lighting features Sonceboz will also highlight a project for motorbikes headlamp, made in a partnership with the automotive section of the Berner Fachhochshule (Switzerland). All bikers agree to confess that motorbikes lighting, especially during night driving, has to be improved. Whatever headlamps are interdependent of the chassis or handlebars, light beam always remains in the axis of the motorbike. In curves the pilot faces dark portions ahead in the field of vision since driving path and motorcycle axis differ from each other in this situation.
Based on its experience of automotive dynamic front lighting systems, Sonceboz have entered in a partnership with the automotive section of the Berner Fachhochshule.
Result of the joint efforts is an integrated drive system that adapts the lighting in accordance to the dynamic behavior of the motorbike.