Fuel consumption ratings, the interest in electric and autonomous vehicles, enhanced safety, and, of course, improved reliability are among some of the most important needs and goals in automotive design and manufacturing.
Design validation and endurance testing test systems need to provide the product and test engineers with the flexibility to assess the performance of a new product design with minimal (or even no) reconfiguration on the test stand, for products in the same family. Plus, with today’s labs and research being global, sharing common test hardware platforms, test applications, and measurement data formats are essential for everyone to be aligned and interactions as frictionless as possible.
For manufacturing, test systems need to be robust and quick, in order to have a high OEE metric. Integration with part handling/detection equipment is essential today, given the level of automation on the production floor.
By utilizing PXI, cRIO, and the wide array of measurement and control modules available for these controller platforms, test systems for validation and for manufacturing are based on world-class industry-standard tools. This equipment often needs to be mounted or enclosed in panels/cabinets with all the ancillary support hardware in order to simplify interfacing both the sensors/actuators and the surrounding control equipment, such as PLCs and motion controllers.