For the modernization of a development test bench, a renowned manufacturer of hydraulic components set a clear task: A modern test system was requested, which would allow the cyclic loading of test samples in endurance tests over several months – this corresponded to approximately 10 million load cycles in typical applications. To this end, the hydraulic setup would be continued to be used and only the partially defective measurement and control equipment had to be replaced – with standard components available in the market that use a robust bus system for reliable signal transmission. Last but not least, the customer wanted open, DIAdem-based software to be used to allow for customization through the user and easy data exchange between test staff and developers.
Thus, a-solution implemented a distributed system consisting of three stand-alone test stations (see figure 1), providing a tailor-made solution that meets the customer’s requirements. A central control computer is used for operation and visualization. Every test station has two analog and eight digital outputs as well as 16 analog inputs with a limit value monitoring function that responds to critical signal states within less than 10 milliseconds. Every measurement computer in turn has two measurement amplifiers. In this case, a-solution decided to use HBM’s compact QuantumX MX840B universal amplifier. The decisive factors were its ease of integration with the overall system architecture through EtherCAT, its flexible configuration and high signal quality as well as the 8 data-acquisitions channels, each available per gateway module.