AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSPORTATION PROJECT

Flexible Test Platform for Smart Automobile Components

The client  →  Continental

What was tested  →  Active Wheel Speed Sensors (AWSS)

CASE STUDY

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The Challenge

In the fast-paced world of automotive production, comprehensive component testing and reliable throughput count for everything. Test station setup issues or insufficient test coverage can cause major slowdowns or even recalls.

Global automotive suppliers like Continental know that the more they can improve and accelerate component testing, the greater the benefits in terms of streamlining processes, satisfying customers and increasing profits.

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Improvement in Test Setup Times

Number of Averna Test Platforms Required for Multiple Products

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Our Ability to Increase Automation & Reduce Downtime

Importance of Our Local Project-Execution Capabilities in Mexico

The Solution

Averna’s flexible test platform for Continental performs comprehensive functional tests on the AWSS units, including electrical polarity, open/short circuit, capacitance, current measurements, duty cycle and pulse counts.

The station is based on National Instruments PXI modules, an industrial PC, swappable fixtures, servomotors and sensors for high-speed testing of different AWSS models.

NI’s LabVIEW functions as the test-execution console and handles all test functions and sequencing. To aid the client’s workforce in Mexico, all user interfaces are in Spanish.

The solution also includes modes to monitor mechanical components, manage all UUT information, and perform sample unit testing and station self-testing.

Results & Benefits

  • Greater reliability in test results due to automated station self-verification
  • New EOL test solution reduces setup time by 50 percent
  • Averna’s solution became Continental’s standard AWSS test platform

The new test platform accelerates testing, reduces operator errors, easily integrates new tests, and allows quick fixture/sensor swapping for major production benefits.

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