ESTL was established as a spin-off business from university research, performing physical test and measurement campaigns. Due to the lack of an easily configurable, modular and robust DAQ and test bench control solution, ESTL decided to develop a software solution in house in cooperation with Beckhoff. The highly configurable solution is based on an industrial grade IPC with high speed and accurate I/O, combining durability and modularity.
On one hand, the solution allows to control test benches with hydraulic, electric or pneumatic actuators and sensors of mechanical test benches. On the other hand, the solution allows the high speed multi signal data-logging of physical quantities during measurement campaigns.
The intuitive control panel allows the user to select a number of pre-programmed tests and to alter the concerning parameters. The architecture of the program allows the user to save or alter test protocols. The controller is an electric device suitable to control one or more axes or used standalone as a measurement system. The software can also run in an offline mode so programming or viewing of tests can be done at the user’s desk without requiring access to the test bench (e.g. installed as a regular windows program).
The software allows the development or customization of pre-programmed functionalities to meet specific customer requirements (e.g. hmi layout, test functions, postprocessing functions, data validation, safety actions, …).