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:
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.
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.
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.
When someone asks what we do at Wineman Technology (WTI) it is often hard to explain. The simplest answer is we build test equipment; although this statement is true, it fails to convey the most valuable service we provide to our customers. Test equipment describes a wide range of machines and hand-held devices performing design validation, quality control, end-of-line testing, and diagnostics. A wide variety of products use these machines and devices. Test equipment ranges from simple to complex and is in R&D labs, factory floors, and local service departments. How can we describe the niche we have carved out in this market and capture the unique value we bring? When I put this question to the engineering managers at WTI, one of them came back with the phrase “we provide insight through electromechanical test”, and when he said it we knew we had defined what is special about WTI.
Wineman Technology helped an aerospace hydraulics component vendor to build a full-scale test stand using physical components and steel tubing. Using 3D CAD geometry files of the aircraft hydraulics design, the tubing was precisely bent and assembled to replicate the exact aircraft geometry and volume.
A lookup table is a table of values that may need to be indiscriminately retrieved programmatically, often even determined subjectively by a user’s input. Using an array and brute force linear searching is often the first method that comes to mind for many programmers, but the larger the table is or grows the more inefficient this method quickly becomes. Variant lookup tables can be created using a simple LabVIEW API that utilizes very efficient algorithms for key-value pairs.