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Wineman Technology Simplifies Complex Control for Test Cell Applications with INERTIA 2012

Posted by admin on August 6, 2013

AUSTIN, TexasAug. 6, 2013 – NIWeek – Wineman Technology, Inc., a leading provider of integrated test cell solutions, today at NIWeek 2013 announced INERTIA 2012, the powerful real-time control software that quickly and efficiently implements real-time test applications and serves as an add-on to the NI VeriStand platform. With INERTIA 2012, engineers can create and add subprocedures to test processes and develop customized steps within procedures to achieve the most exact and efficient test capabilities possible for dynamometer, servo hydraulic, and other test cell applications.


“The overall enhancements to program configuration, control loop setup and test control in INERTIA 2012 build on Wineman Technology's already strong INERTIA platform,” said Edward Tomlinson, Manager of Instrumentation, ATLSS Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University. “INERTIA 2012 includes improved capabilities for system configuration and for the test editor and program flow, both of which now include drop-down layer tree hierarchies.”


INERTIA makes it easier for engineers to develop test and real-time control models for test applications including those for engine cells, transmissions and motors; actuators and pumps; turbines and gear boxes; auxiliary power units (APUs); tire test systems; life cycle durability, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). A software add-on for the NI VeriStand software environment for configuring real-time testing applications, INERTIA provides control managers the ability to adjust scripts and applications easily.


"Helping customers achieve the exact test solutions they need remains our top priority," said Roy Krans, Wineman Technology Product Manager. "With INERTIA 2012, engineers can take complex test applications and make them easier and more specific by using simplified test profiles with subprocedures and custom step creation capabilities. With these new capabilities, our customers can effectively create test steps they aren’t native to the application – overall, developing test procedures they may not have been able develop before.


INERTIA 2012 positions control engineers and technicians to establish dynamometer, servo hydraulic and test cell applications that are efficient and flexible for different operational needs. Now with INERTIA 2012, they can create custom scripts within a test and save them as procedures. These procedures can be stored on a system-wide palette, allowing engineers to seamlessly add the new subprocedures during test processes. In addition, custom steps within a procedure can be created to meet specific parameters. For example, users can modify a ramp step to create a custom version of the step that is better aligned to the specific test cell. And, a graphical PID configuration utility not only simplifies processes with INERTIA 2012, but also shows the user exactly what system resources are used with the loop and how they interact. INERTIA 2012 offers advanced methodology for PID tuning that includes amplitude control and gain scheduling.

Other INERTIA 2012 features include:

- Native support for cascaded control loops

- Support for unlimited test threads

- Gain scheduling capabilities

- Native support for minimum and maximum limit loops

- Test previewer


The INERTIA 2012 features now come standard with Wineman Technology DynEDGE, ServoEDGE and the off-the shelf INERTIA software that maximizes a company’s return on investment when implementing costly test cells. Furthermore, by implementing a standard software platform that provides annual releases a company can ensure that they have the most current capabilities without any loss in capital investment.


To learn more about INERTIA 2012, readers can visit http://www.winemantech.com/products/inertia-test-software/.


About Wineman Technology            

Established in 1991, Wineman Technology, Inc. specializes in providing the right technical solution for solving a wide range of test applications, such as dynamometer systems, servo-hydraulics, data acquisition systems, real time controllers, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems and general testing machines. Unlike other companies where test plays a partial role, Wineman Technology’s singular focus is the design and development of test equipment for advanced research and development, functional test labs, and manufacturing production. Wineman Technology’s focus on test systems with a diverse range of capabilities enables them to deliver superior system reliability, serviceability, and support.


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