National Instruments (NI), the provider of a software-defined platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of the automated test and automated measurement systems, has developed FlexLogger configuration-based data-logging software for validation test. FlexLogger helps automotive test departments quickly capture accurate, well-documented data to verify system functionality in real-world conditions and comply with strict government regulations.
Rapidly evolving components and systems including sensor fusion, high-capacity batteries and deep learning demand a higher volume of testing with accurate, traceable results to exceed safety-critical expectations for quality and reliability.
Engineers can use FlexLogger to help simplify test configurations and extract key insights with sensor-specific workflows to acquire and log synchronized mixed measurements. They can quickly integrate analogue sensors, digital pulse frequencies, CAN signals and calculated channels that are all logged to the universal Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) file format, so data can be correlated and analyzed to accurately characterise an entire system.
“Characterising a combine harvester drivetrain requires a mix of different measurements including pressure, temperature, current, CAN and shaft speed. FlexLogger makes it easier to troubleshoot and verify that the raw data from different sensors are correct before I start my test. This helps shorten test development by saving time typically wasted on redoing configurations,” said Andy Tarman, lab test engineer at CNH Industrial.