Mess- und Prüftechnik für
Industrie, Motorsport und Fahrzeugentwicklung

Sie sind hier: content > About us > History


memotec Logo 1995
memotec Logo 1995
memotec Logo 2000
memotec Logo 2000
memotec Logo 2003
memotec Logo 2003
memotec Logo 2006
memotec Logo 2006
memotec Logo 2007
memotec Logo 2007
memotec Logo 2010
memotec Logo 2010
The cooperation with AIM the Italian electronics company started for me in 1995. Next to my work at the Fiat group I started systematically to build up my own company. In May 2000 I gave up my job as manager of the test centre and technical hotline at Fiat and became self-employed.

During 2001 I hired three employees and at the end of 2001 in Eppingen-Elsenz Ulrich Mesch Motorsporttechnik turned into memotec GmbH. In the meanwhile the old office became too small and so we started in 2002 to realize the new modern building as fast as possible.


Telechron - the telemetry system, specially developed for kart sport

Historical AIM products set in scene by memotec
With this rpm, speed, lateral acceleration, exhaust gas temperature and two other, from the user defined parameters (for example rotation angle positions, pressure, temperatures) can be recorded and can be read and displayed graphically via PC. The lap time is recorded automatically.

The system creates graphically the course of the route and splits the course into segments. Through the segments the split times and the lap times are being calculated and displayed. Thereby all the fastest split times are highlighted and it is determined how fast the driver could be if he would have been driving optimal in all segments.

The other values are being displayed as well graphically based on the segments so that changes at the kart or the style of driving can be seen immediately. Depending on the sampling frequency of the signals the parameters from more than 100 laps can be saved and are hereby historically filed on the hard disk and can be recalled at any time.

By adding a transmitter the values can be transferred in real time via radio to the handheld device with receiver and the PC. This gives the pitman’s the chance to inform the driver about any situation that occurs while driving. This saves time and money as many piston seizures can be recognized in advance through the exhaust gas temperature. The use of radio transmission is not permitted in Germany.

MyChron 1

This system records via an IR barrier automatically the driven lap time and displays it for the next 5 seconds on the display and saves it. After these 5 seconds the rpm value is displayed again on the display and the peak values are saved. Furthermore the number of laps covered is displayed.

The IR Transmitter has to be placed at the roadside and when passing its IR barrier it activates in the onboard device the entry of the lap time and the number of laps and on the display the number of laps and the lap times are displayed and the peak value of rpm is saved. In total the amount of 40 laps can be saved and read. The system can also simply just function as a rpm counter or an automatic stopwatch, but with data storage. Or sequentially changing as both. The saving is not deleted when switching of the device.

1996 - 1997

Historical AIM products set in scene by memotec
The MyChron of the first generation obtained in March 1996, just 3 months after its release, a new, not that angular display housing (top left). Through this modification the multiple channels disappeared as well because of the new IR frequency, which was not adjustable anymore now and from now on there was only one uniform IR signal available.

1996 the data recording box from the one year before released telemetry system Telechron was developed into the stand alone data logger Drack and it was sold from the beginning of 1997 on (Below left).

In spring 1997 the Display T-Drack was released as an option for the new Drack, which already had a shift light or a temperature alarm (top).

Meanwhile the transmitter was revised again and got a grey housing (downright). For 1997 the MyChron was revised extremely: firstly the additional box got a new, more round housing, the ON/OFF button was gone, because this now works over the keyboard. In this context also the design was made a bit more colourful und some new versions were developed (rightmost).

Even though no one was thinking about car and bike sport, it suddenly became necessary to deliver these markets as well. So in 1997 the following versions emerged:
  • MCL - a pure Laptimer, in two versions (with internal battery or with 12 V board power supply)
  • MCR - the famous MyChron but now with an additional 12 V version for car and bike. From this moment on all MCR-versions had a shift light.
  • MCT - the well known MyChron/now MCR) but with an additional temperature gauge or shift light.


Historical AIM products set in scene by memotec
Just in time for the kart fair 1998 we were able to present the new Drack generation: smaller and lighter, clearly cheaper and increasingly powerful – this had to be a bestseller (top right).

And it became a bestseller as not only in kart sport but also in car and bike sport AIM suddenly was a serious competitor of the established brands like 2D, Bosch, Magneti Marelli, PI and Stack. Not only that the AIM systems were obviously cheaper, they partly were even better:
  • 12 Bit resolution (others only resolved ¼ of it)
  • Professional plug connections instead of lamp-wire connectors
  • Free configurable analogue inputs instead of fixed selections  
  • Free configurable sampling frequency until 200 Hz per channel 
  • Royalty-free and free of charge Software and Updates 

The at this time offered display T-Drack (left) was perfect for kart and bike but not for car equally like the in autumn 1998 released M2-Dash (below). This only changed as one year later the DashChron came on the market (bottom left).

1998 was also a year of breakthrough concerning MyChron. Many new ideas and improvements were present. Too many changes for a facelift. So a new model was created: MyChron 2. It marks with its elaborated components structure what meant a minimum of tooling costs for boards and housing production. This also influenced the design of the transmitter (bottom right). With MyChron 2 the triumphal march of AIM over all competitors in the USA began.

MyChron 2 was available in the versions MCR (top right, rpm and lap time) and MCV (right, two additional temperatures and speed) for kart when it came on the market. A bit later the versions for car and bike followed and in the year 2000 the version PRO came on the market.

These units were already able to display the saved data dynamically; meaning not only single values but the whole lap just like it was shown during driving. The transmission of the data to the PC was possible as well but only via the very delicate infrared technique with the IR-code pen (below).

The technique of the MyChron 2 – four blocks of numbers in a LCD module – was 1998 very advanced as the competitors were mounting at this time one single LCD module what inevitable reflected in the price. After this principle production was only made until 2001 after 2001 modern units with first graphics displays in pixel technique followed.

Yet even after 2001 one stubborn competitor still used the antiquated LCD technique and another one still sold the antique and susceptible IR data transmission.


Historical AIM products set in scene by memotec
In the year 1999 there were again some interesting new publications from AIM. One of them was the best selling AIM product ever: MyChron Light. Especially in a bike cockpit there is not much space for mounting a Laptimer of the size of the MyChron 2. Therefore a smaller brother was needed. Yet also in the kart sector the unit was very popular as it only had a weight off 85 gr.

In total there were 5 different versions:
  • MRP – rpm
  • MCL – lap time 
  • MRT – rpm, temperature
  • MCR – rpm, lap time 
  • MCT – rpm, lap time, temperature
Even ten years later the MCL is still a best seller.

In smaller quantity compared to the MyChron Light but with the same continuity the second new development from 1999 is a long runner too: Multichron – the first stopwatch for 4 drivers.

Multichron has some very interesting features which yet did not satisfy all clients: because of the many possibilities the handling was very complex and only real freaks were able to handle the Multichron. People with less knowledge set accidentally alarms, countdowns or any other beeper and were woken from this in the middle of the night and did not know how to switch it off.

For this reason Multichron was completely revised in 2005 and one did without all the knickknacks. Since than it has been a stopwatch that people need.

The next development was the DashChron first as display for Drack and later on as the independent system ST1. This unit had its authorization in bike and racing car as it had all functions that are important: rpm, lap time, temperatures, pressure, warning and shift lights. For many drivers the DashChron was the non Plus Ultra because of the analogue rpm indicator.

memotec GmbH | Bauwaldstrasse 1 | D-75031 Eppingen | +49.7260.920440 | |