Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Platform Spotlight: Shield

Platform Spotlight: Shield

It has been 14 years since the initial conception of Shield, and we thought it appropriate to spend a moment in review to understand the evolution of the Shield platform as well as give you a preview of what the future looks like.

Shield was created in 2004 with one purpose: to capitalize on the emerging requirement for sound and vibration performance confirmation in high-volume manufacturing. With this in mind, Shield enabled automation of metric-based decision making on new types of data, and was on the cutting edge for end-of-line testing of powertrain and driveline components.

Fast-forward over a decade, and Shield has stayed true to the core mission and expanded as a platform for the automation of NVH and functional test systems. Building on customer feedback, large system deployments, and ever-increasing computing power and capability, Signal.X has built out several key areas:

  • Leveraging the power of the data created by these machines. Our Trove data collaboration software is a key element in archiving, managing, and collaborating on the data created by a suite of testers in a plant. We have built utilities like Results Viewer to access that data interactively to gain new insights, then build those insights into new production test methods, closing the loop on the entire production process.
  • Expanding beyond just noise and vibration. Today’s electromechanical systems are incredibly complex, with many interactions between components and subsystems. Shield now includes many signal types and a wide range of processing options to combine NVH with functional and performance testing.
  • Signal processing options. Shield is used on a wide variety of components in a wide variety of environments. We have continued to build the capability to match our customers’ needs, and have added new ways to build metrics, new ways to combine signals, and many new signal types.

So, what does the future hold? Much like in 2004, we are in an age of disruptions to many aspects of the industrial world. Computing power is continuing to accelerate, networks are now enabling the communication of that data to new levels, and the systems we are testing are becoming more complex. The Shield platform will evolve to meet those needs and take advantage of those accelerations. Stay tuned!

Stop, Drop, and Roll

Stop, Drop, and Roll

We were all taught as kids these three actions when faced with a fire emergency, and recently I have been thinking about how analogous they are to the phrase “fighting fires” in business. We all know what fire-fighting means in this context – all of us have lived through this to some extent at one… Continue Reading

Scout v2.1 Released!

Scout v2.1 Released!

Signal.X is excited to announce the latest release of Scout TDMS Editor to the LabVIEW Tools Network community. Scout continues to be one of the most downloaded software products on the Tools Network, and we have well over 1,000 registered users, and just last quarter we surpassed 10,000 downloads! Thank you to all the users… Continue Reading

Embedded Specialty

Embedded Specialty

Having recently gone through the ordeal of attaining my certification for LabVIEW Embedded Developer (CLED), I thought now was an opportune time to talk about why Signal.X is part of the Embedded Specialty partners, and what it really means. According to the NI website, the Embedded Specialty “recognizes partners with proven success in designing medium-… Continue Reading

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

An internal combustion engine is a very complex machine, both to design and to manufacture. By the 1980s, engine testing became increasingly important in the assembly plant to ensure defect-free, quality products. However, the technology of the time focused on hot test, which is running the engine with fuel and spark to mimic in-vehicle conditions.… Continue Reading

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments has recently combined the Embedded Control Specialty and the Electronic Design Specialty to create the Embedded Specialty. Embedded Specialty partners are proven experts designing medium- to large-scale embedded control and monitoring applications with the NI software and hardware platform. Signal.X is proud to be recognized as an Embedded Specialty Partner. What does this… Continue Reading

OPC UA Addition to Shield

OPC UA Addition to Shield

Signal.X is pleased to announce that we have recently added OPC UA connectivity to our Shield platform. OPC UA is an industrial communications protocol that is platform-independent, and is generally accepted as the successor to OPC Classic, which was a Windows-based protocol. With this addition, our NVH Controller can communicate to a central server its… Continue Reading

NVH Machine Design

NVH Machine Design

Top 3 Considerations When Designing NVH Production Machines: As the average consumer becomes more discerning, the trickle-down of noise and vibration characteristics from product to subsystem will continue to drive component suppliers to evaluate those metrics as part of their manufacturing process. Motors, fans, actuators and smaller components are now being subjected to rigorous scrutiny… Continue Reading

Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Platform Spotlight: Shield

Platform Spotlight: Shield

It has been 14 years since the initial conception of Shield, and we thought it appropriate to spend a moment in review to understand the evolution of the Shield platform as well as give you a preview of what the future looks like.

Shield was created in 2004 with one purpose: to capitalize on the emerging requirement for sound and vibration performance confirmation in high-volume manufacturing. With this in mind, Shield enabled automation of metric-based decision making on new types of data, and was on the cutting edge for end-of-line testing of powertrain and driveline components.

Fast-forward over a decade, and Shield has stayed true to the core mission and expanded as a platform for the automation of NVH and functional test systems. Building on customer feedback, large system deployments, and ever-increasing computing power and capability, Signal.X has built out several key areas:

  • Leveraging the power of the data created by these machines. Our Trove data collaboration software is a key element in archiving, managing, and collaborating on the data created by a suite of testers in a plant. We have built utilities like Results Viewer to access that data interactively to gain new insights, then build those insights into new production test methods, closing the loop on the entire production process.
  • Expanding beyond just noise and vibration. Today’s electromechanical systems are incredibly complex, with many interactions between components and subsystems. Shield now includes many signal types and a wide range of processing options to combine NVH with functional and performance testing.
  • Signal processing options. Shield is used on a wide variety of components in a wide variety of environments. We have continued to build the capability to match our customers’ needs, and have added new ways to build metrics, new ways to combine signals, and many new signal types.

So, what does the future hold? Much like in 2004, we are in an age of disruptions to many aspects of the industrial world. Computing power is continuing to accelerate, networks are now enabling the communication of that data to new levels, and the systems we are testing are becoming more complex. The Shield platform will evolve to meet those needs and take advantage of those accelerations. Stay tuned!

Stop, Drop, and Roll

Stop, Drop, and Roll

We were all taught as kids these three actions when faced with a fire emergency, and recently I have been thinking about how analogous they are to the phrase “fighting fires” in business. We all know what fire-fighting means in this context – all of us have lived through this to some extent at one… Continue Reading

Scout v2.1 Released!

Scout v2.1 Released!

Signal.X is excited to announce the latest release of Scout TDMS Editor to the LabVIEW Tools Network community. Scout continues to be one of the most downloaded software products on the Tools Network, and we have well over 1,000 registered users, and just last quarter we surpassed 10,000 downloads! Thank you to all the users… Continue Reading

Embedded Specialty

Embedded Specialty

Having recently gone through the ordeal of attaining my certification for LabVIEW Embedded Developer (CLED), I thought now was an opportune time to talk about why Signal.X is part of the Embedded Specialty partners, and what it really means. According to the NI website, the Embedded Specialty “recognizes partners with proven success in designing medium-… Continue Reading

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

Signal.X Engine Cold Test Systems

An internal combustion engine is a very complex machine, both to design and to manufacture. By the 1980s, engine testing became increasingly important in the assembly plant to ensure defect-free, quality products. However, the technology of the time focused on hot test, which is running the engine with fuel and spark to mimic in-vehicle conditions.… Continue Reading

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments Merges Specialties and Recognizes Signal.X as an NI Embedded Specialty Partner

National Instruments has recently combined the Embedded Control Specialty and the Electronic Design Specialty to create the Embedded Specialty. Embedded Specialty partners are proven experts designing medium- to large-scale embedded control and monitoring applications with the NI software and hardware platform. Signal.X is proud to be recognized as an Embedded Specialty Partner. What does this… Continue Reading

OPC UA Addition to Shield

OPC UA Addition to Shield

Signal.X is pleased to announce that we have recently added OPC UA connectivity to our Shield platform. OPC UA is an industrial communications protocol that is platform-independent, and is generally accepted as the successor to OPC Classic, which was a Windows-based protocol. With this addition, our NVH Controller can communicate to a central server its… Continue Reading

NVH Machine Design

NVH Machine Design

Top 3 Considerations When Designing NVH Production Machines: As the average consumer becomes more discerning, the trickle-down of noise and vibration characteristics from product to subsystem will continue to drive component suppliers to evaluate those metrics as part of their manufacturing process. Motors, fans, actuators and smaller components are now being subjected to rigorous scrutiny… Continue Reading

CONNECT WITH US

YouTubeLinkedInNational InstrumentsControl System Integrators Association

CONNECT WITH US

YouTubeLinkedInNational InstrumentsControl System Integrators Association