Increased efficiency in the test bench: What really counts
Test and measurement equipment is a critical factor affecting the quality of the test bench of the future
The good old test bench—it now has to reinvent itself. In times of high cost and time pressure, it is essential that test series taken in test benches can be seamlessly integrated into the development processes. However, every test bench is only as good as the measurement technology used in it.
Development engineers in technology companies worldwide are facing tougher competition. Development times become ever shorter, requirements on products are increasing—and there is constant cost pressure. Test cycles need to seamlessly integrate into development processes. On the one hand, more data needs to be analyzed; on the other hand, time is extremely short. For test benches, this means the concepts and work flows used so far need to be put to test again.
Test bench facing new challenges
Next-generation test benches will go up against the following three mega trends:
- The time available for tests becomes ever shorter.
- The complexity and diversity of testing tasks is increasing.
- The number of measuring points is constantly growing—a trend that was confirmed in a worldwide survey conducted by HBM.
In short, it is imperative to measure more in even less time, with the highest demands on measurement accuracy. And yet another trend is that test benches increasingly perform tasks that have been carried out in complex, mobile, 'on the road' tests up to this point.
Demands on measurement technology
Traditional test bench concepts no longer will be able to keep pace with these trends. To guarantee optimal utilization of the test bench and minimize overall setup times, work flows need to be redefined. It is essential that the technology used comply with these new concepts. Maximum flexibility is what counts—this also applies to the measurement technology used! A new generation of modular test instruments is required because every test bench is only as good as the measurement technology used in it.
The universal measuring amplifier system QuantumX by HBM provides reliable, precise data acquisition and ultra-modern functions that are optimally tailored to these increasing demands. BMW's new BA6.2 test bench center for testing drive trains is a prominent application example.