According to FMI’s Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Market Assessment, the global market for ECUs – including engine, brake, suspension, and body control modules – is forecasted to grow at a strong CAGR of 7.1% through the period of 2017-2022. The race to creating smarter, safer, and cleaner cars for the mass market is tighter than ever, and with that comes the pressure to speed up the R&D cycle while still providing comprehensive, bulletproof testing that roots out potential problem areas.
Wineman Technology, Inc., an international test systems integrator, today announced the company has formed a strategic relationship with Viviota, innovator of engineering big data management and deep insight software, to offer comprehensive electromechanical test and data analytics solutions targeted at automotive, medical device, and aerospace markets.
With the technology boom of the last decade, the race for first to market has never been more apparent. Take the automotive industry for example. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2016 Auto Industry Trends, “Newer vehicles will be distinguished primarily by their innovative technology involving both assisted driving and global connectivity. In a recent study, 56 percent of new car buyers said they would switch to a different brand if the one they were considering didn’t offer the technology and features they wanted.” If smart cars and self-driving vehicles are going to happen in our lifetime, the R&D cycle must be shortened significantly. And we believe one of the key methods for achieving this is hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing.
To help engineers develop test systems in the southeast region, Wineman launched the Raleigh, NC office in August of 2011. Since that time, the team has provided surge support to test engineering teams for ongoing design efforts or created one-of-a-kind test systems from the ground up across more than 100 projects. When engaging our Raleigh group, product designers and test engineers get to work with local Certified LabVIEW Architects with deep knowledge in computer engineering, math, and physics for software development while employing the electrical, mechanical, and build expertise of a Michigan-based test systems design firm familiar with the technical demands of the aerospace and automotive industries.
Technology is evolving faster than ever with more intelligence, more data, more connectivity… more everything. The test industry is no bystander to these effects and must adapt to the challenges of designing, validating, and diagnosing increasingly complex devices. So what’s on the horizon for 2018? Find out what we at Wineman Technology predict will have the biggest impact on test lab managers and system integrators:
Engineers by nature are problem solvers. So when it comes to designing a test machine, the team will dive straight into nailing down the design requirements without really thinking about big picutre questions --
Anytime I travel around the country and let people know what we do at Wineman Technology (WTI), the assumption is made that we must be strongly focused on the automotive market. While it is true that Michigan has an automotive-focused manufacturing sector, we also have thriving manufacturing in other sectors, including aerospace. WTI’s emphasis on “providing insight through electromechanical test” resonates in many industries, and we strive to balance our business volume between automotive, aerospace and other sectors by focusing on a range of applications that benefit from the same underlying technology.
Wineman Technology has partnered with OrangeWire Systems to offer switch, load, and signal conditioning modules for the National Instruments SLSC platform. This product line works seamlessly with the National Instruments platform to provide flexible, COTS-based HIL systems for automotive, aerospace, medical devices, and other industries where real-time HIL simulation is critical for timely system development.
Akebono Brake Corporation is a global supplier of foundation brakes and brake friction materials for automotive OEM customers such as Audi, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and many more. One of the new technologies they are focused on is electric parking brakes, and they wanted to update their mid-height HIL system for testing ECU brake software.
Using NI LabVIEW and a real-time CompactDAQ (cDAQ) system, we worked with Akebono to deliver an upgraded hybrid HIL tester capableof mechanical brake simulation. We also created a new full-height tester for running 24/7 durability testing on three electric parking brake systems simultaneously.
Wineman Technology will be attending Automotive Testing Expo 2017, held October 24-26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Automotive Testing Expo is the ultimate show in North America to view the latest products that improve vehicle reliability, durability, safety, and quality. Come see us in booth #7020 and check out our new and upgraded products, including the recently released CANalytics — winner of the 2017 National Instruments LabVIEW Tools Network Application Enablement Product of the Year Award.