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Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Manufacturing Electrification

Manufacturing Electrification

There is a transformative evolution underway that is reaching to every part of the transportation industry. The electrification transformation is a societal force that will change the way we transport both goods and people. Naturally, this mandates a parallel evolution in design and manufacturing technology as well.

Signal.X has had the unique opportunity to be on the leading edge of this automotive transformation, and we have helped to push (and been pushed by) this industry to modernize, embrace new technologies, and drive these technologies into production testing.

We recognize that electrification means intelligent control is embedded in otherwise common automotive components, and that the role this plays in safety, autonomous driving, and diagnostics is now a part of the next generation of manufacturing test. Production test machines will require new communication and security protocols, new signal processing techniques, and designs that are adaptable, accurate, and fast. As a result, we have been very busy over the last year working to support this transformation with a host of new capabilities on our platforms for end-of-line testing: Shield and STAX

This was recently recognized in National Instruments Automotive Journal, and we have recently published new project spotlights highlighting some of these new initiatives, including full system integration for electric power steering components, and utilizing our STAX platform for integrating ECU control and acquisition. We are also in the process of adding more support videos for our products, and have released the first of those videos for STAX. Read, watch, and enjoy! 

Pushing the Limits of the CompactRIO – Almost 10 years later

Pushing the Limits of the CompactRIO – Almost 10 years later

Back in 2011, I gave a presentation at NIWeek in Austin, Texas titled “Pushing the Limits of NI CompactRIO.” It remains the best attended presentation that I have ever given at NIWeek, and it focused on the experience of implementing a production test system using a 9024 cRIO controller that combined acquisition, control, and automation… Continue Reading

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

Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

Author Archives: Robert Hoffman

Manufacturing Electrification

Manufacturing Electrification

There is a transformative evolution underway that is reaching to every part of the transportation industry. The electrification transformation is a societal force that will change the way we transport both goods and people. Naturally, this mandates a parallel evolution in design and manufacturing technology as well.

Signal.X has had the unique opportunity to be on the leading edge of this automotive transformation, and we have helped to push (and been pushed by) this industry to modernize, embrace new technologies, and drive these technologies into production testing.

We recognize that electrification means intelligent control is embedded in otherwise common automotive components, and that the role this plays in safety, autonomous driving, and diagnostics is now a part of the next generation of manufacturing test. Production test machines will require new communication and security protocols, new signal processing techniques, and designs that are adaptable, accurate, and fast. As a result, we have been very busy over the last year working to support this transformation with a host of new capabilities on our platforms for end-of-line testing: Shield and STAX

This was recently recognized in National Instruments Automotive Journal, and we have recently published new project spotlights highlighting some of these new initiatives, including full system integration for electric power steering components, and utilizing our STAX platform for integrating ECU control and acquisition. We are also in the process of adding more support videos for our products, and have released the first of those videos for STAX. Read, watch, and enjoy! 

Pushing the Limits of the CompactRIO – Almost 10 years later

Pushing the Limits of the CompactRIO – Almost 10 years later

Back in 2011, I gave a presentation at NIWeek in Austin, Texas titled “Pushing the Limits of NI CompactRIO.” It remains the best attended presentation that I have ever given at NIWeek, and it focused on the experience of implementing a production test system using a 9024 cRIO controller that combined acquisition, control, and automation… Continue Reading

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