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Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Revision Management – Why it Matters

Revision Management – Why it Matters

Here at Signal.X, we have been hard at work adding features to our STAX Automation Technology around revision management.  As we roll out these new features, this seems like a good chance to discuss why we put so much effort into this, and why it is important to our customers.

STAX is an automation framework designed to facilitate the combination of traditional PLC-style automation with the high speed data acquisition typically found in end-of-line testing.  In this application, there are two main reasons why revision management becomes critical:

  • Managing a fleet of test systems that are running similar tests, but with different parts or with slightly different models or configurations.
  • Tracking the evolution of a test or control sequence over time, including being able to revert back to older revisions

In order to achieve these goals, our development team has been adding not only revision management, but enhancing the deployment process, adding authorization levels and login credentials for managing targets, and providing more contextual feedback for the users as they manage and deploy STAX configurations. We are excited about these additions, and believe that they will make the management and maintenance of STAX machines more intuitive and scalable over time.  Please contact us if you want to learn more.

Platform Spotlight: STAX

Platform Spotlight: STAX

Since 2004, Signal.X Technologies has provided software and systems integration for complex end-of-line test systems and industrial automation. Controlling a production test system requires a multi-disciplinary team that brings together electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and controls knowledge. Done correctly, end-of-line test systems operate reliably day in and day out, while maintaining the level of flexibility needed… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Revision Management – Why it Matters

Revision Management – Why it Matters

Here at Signal.X, we have been hard at work adding features to our STAX Automation Technology around revision management.  As we roll out these new features, this seems like a good chance to discuss why we put so much effort into this, and why it is important to our customers.

STAX is an automation framework designed to facilitate the combination of traditional PLC-style automation with the high speed data acquisition typically found in end-of-line testing.  In this application, there are two main reasons why revision management becomes critical:

  • Managing a fleet of test systems that are running similar tests, but with different parts or with slightly different models or configurations.
  • Tracking the evolution of a test or control sequence over time, including being able to revert back to older revisions

In order to achieve these goals, our development team has been adding not only revision management, but enhancing the deployment process, adding authorization levels and login credentials for managing targets, and providing more contextual feedback for the users as they manage and deploy STAX configurations. We are excited about these additions, and believe that they will make the management and maintenance of STAX machines more intuitive and scalable over time.  Please contact us if you want to learn more.

Platform Spotlight: STAX

Platform Spotlight: STAX

Since 2004, Signal.X Technologies has provided software and systems integration for complex end-of-line test systems and industrial automation. Controlling a production test system requires a multi-disciplinary team that brings together electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and controls knowledge. Done correctly, end-of-line test systems operate reliably day in and day out, while maintaining the level of flexibility needed… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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