Test Cells

Test Bench Control System

The Test Bench Control System is developed in collaboration with Alma Automotive, based on National Instruments HW and SW architecture, and offers the final user the possibility of implementing real-time code using compiled Simulink/LabVIEW models.

The Test Bench Control System adapts to the available test system layout: from the basic control of engine speed and torque it can be extended to manage air, oil, water, and fuel conditioning systems, directly implementing the control of actuators in real-time, or simply dispatching demand targets to external controllers. Every component of the test cell (e.g., the ventilation, fuel supply, fire extinguishing systems, etc.) can be directly controlled or remoted, and virtually any type of test cell transducer can be managed. Finally, the Test Bench Control System can interact with calibration tools, such as INCA, CanAPE, Sysma.

«The Test Bench Control System meets the requirements for the tax breaks related to Industry 4.0.»

The Test Bench Control System interface is based on an open platform, that can interact with the indicating system and the ECU calibration software and comprises:

  • Counters
  • Calculated and User channels
  • Alarms with fully configurable response procedures
  • Fully customizable user interface with buttons, leds, graphs, knobs
  • Automatic procedures with conditional steps execution

Engineering services include the development of automatic calibration procedures, with the possibility of interacting with Electronic Control Units using several calibration management applications (INCA, CANape, Sysma, Vision…).

The interaction between the Test Automation System, the Combustion analyzer and the calibration management system can be carried out using CAN, XCP, iLinkRT, creating automatic calibration procedures. ECU strategies can be bypassed (e.g.,using ilinkRT, or CAN), with algorithms running on Real-Time platforms. Engineering services can be provided to manage the post processing of acquired sampled data using Matlab, LabVIEW, Diadem, Wintax, INCA MDA, Concerto, or other standard automotive tools.