Component test stands: speeding up processes

component test stands

One system for measurement, real-time control, test automation and analysis

By combining both real time automation, control and measurement technology in one integrated system, imc is offering proven measurement devices and software solutions that can help you to solve challenges in component testing tasks and speed up processes in both design and operation of test stands.

Designing automated component test stands

Engineers need comprehensive and integrated tools to ensure an efficient design process for real time test automation at their component test stands.

  • With imc STUDIO Automation and its graphical design tools the definition of automated test loops and procedures can be conducted in a short time. This applies also for exception handling and background threshold monitoring.
  • Thanks to included real‑time data processing and control capabilities, imc measurement devices such as imc C-SERIES and imc CRONOScompact are ideal for component test stands. Their integrated „PLC functionality“ executes the test automation.
  • Integration into new or existing environments is often required at test stands. Measurement systems like imc C-SERIES offer both software and hardware interfaces such as:
    imc COM and LabView Vis, as well as Ethernet and CAN-bus
  • imc offers a broad portfolio of hardware and software components, such as:
    Universal amplifiers, distributable systems, modular software functionalities, Plug & Play

All you need

Integrated measurement and control

Thanks to included real‑time data processing and control capabilities, imc measurement devices such as imc C-SERIES and imc CRONOScompact are ideal for component test stands.

Compact system:
imc C-SERIES

imc measurement system
  • 8 analog universal inputs for various sensors
  • digital I/O for control tasks
  • analog outputs to set target values, replay load profiles and drive actuators
  • CAN interfaces
  • integrated real time platform for live analysis and automated control
  • stand-alone operation possible

Modular system:
imc CRONOScompact

imc measurement system
  • modular design with up to 128 analog inputs in one system
  • modules for various sensors and signals
  • field bus interfaces, such as CAN, LIN, FlexRay, EtherCAT, etc.
  • integrated real time platform for live analysis and automated control
  • stand alone operation without pc supported

Test bench software

As a modular software, imc STUDIO combines many separate tools in a seamless and integrated environment. Within this framework, users are able to both quickly perform basic measurements and create sophisticated test configurations.

Configure and measure

With imc STUDIO, you are ready to start your measurement in a few minutes. A clearly organized channel configuration list, extensive sorting and filtering functions, numerous assistants, built-in sensor management and support of TEDS are just some of the useful functions for achieving quick, intuitive system configuration.

Configure and measure

Automating routine tasks

Save time by automating routine measurement processes using imc STUDIO. Use the drag & drop technique to create your own personal test sequence by selecting from a wide variety of functions – such as channel balancing, entering test object data, starting measurements, saving data, running analyses and printing out a report. That's it!

automating routine measurement processes

Open Interfaces

Using the plug-in imc STUDIO Third Party Device Interface, it is possible to integrate devices from other manufacturers (3rd-party devices) into imc STUDIO and run them in the imc STUDIO system.

imc STUDIO test & measurement software

Data display and system operation

With just a few mouse clicks, you can design tailor-made user interfaces with the imc STUDIO Panel, and link them to the system’s inputs and outputs. Choose from over 100 predefined instrument templates and elements (widgets) to create your own personal test and measurement interface.

Data display and system operation

Easy test stand automation

When testing components, imc STUDIO not only measures the performance of the test object, but also allows you to integrate real-time automation and control for your test station - without programming one line of code. You simply define a state oriented test process and use drag & drop to insert ready-made functions for specifying target values, actuator profiles, control logic and even multi-variable closed-loop control systems.

test stand automation

Comprehensive control functions

Real time closed loop feedback control with advanced high performance schemes including:

  • Multiple PID controllers
  • On/off controller
  • Controller output limiting
  • Cascaded controller
  • State variable and adaptive control
Software for data analysis
Software for data analysis

Analysis of measured data and test reports

  • The powerful software for data analysis imc FAMOS offers endless possibilities for post processing and graphical data visualization
    Test process control based on live trend analysis for the test loops
  • Creating professional reports of test results using drag & drop. Using functions like ready-made report templates, auto-fill, exporting and printing can shorten the entire process to just seconds.
  • Database support and integration for management of test configurations and result data. MS Excel interfacing for easy and universal parameter exchange.
    TEDS support for safe and traceable automated setup procedures
  • A sustainable solution: saving total cost of ownership, thanks to both increased operational throughput and minimized efforts for maintenance and extensions

Deployment of component test stands

Engineers involved in the deployment of component test stands have to select suitable systems - characterized by usability and flexible adaptation to changing test objects and requirements... easily allowing modifications on the fly, without the need to involve the entire design process again. imc supports this process with:

  • Universally applicable hardware systems, synchronous, modular extendable and distributable
  • Database support and integration for management of test configurations and result data. MS Excel interfacing for easy and universal parameter exchange
  • TEDS support for safe and traceable automated setup procedures
  • Integration of real time simulation based on MATLAB/SIMULINK with the imc HiL-Board - no SIMULINK licence required at the testbench
  • Free imc STUDIO Runtime Edition, executing imc STUDIO Projects at the testbench without licence fee

Test stand operation

  • High speed operation and fast feedback controller response for minimized test cycles. Easy handling and safe operation.
  • Convenient and easily adaptable GUIs, including ready-made reporting
  • Dynamic adaption to changing test objects and varying test requirements.
  • Immediate live results for direct feedback and test intervention. Output and replay of load profiles.
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