Engineers' Corner

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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.

Project Spotlight: Electric Brake Motor Dynamometer

Project Spotlight: Electric Brake Motor Dynamometer

Working with Motor Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Signal.X provided controls, data acquisition, signal processing, and commissioning support to MDS as they worked to deliver their new electric brake motor dynamometer to a major OEM. Click here to read the full application spotlight about this exciting new technology. To view our entire publications catalog, click here. Continue Reading

Application Spotlight: Half-Shaft Retention Check

Application Spotlight: Half-Shaft Retention Check

In a development partnership with a major automotive OEM, Signal.X has created a new way to verify the manual task of half-shaft installation at vehicle final assembly, utilizing high-speed DAQ and real-time signal processing. Click here to read the full application spotlight about this half-shaft retention check. To view our full publications catalog, click here. Continue Reading

Automotive Testing Expo 2018 Preview

Automotive Testing Expo 2018 Preview

Come see us at ATE 2018! Visit us in Booth 15026, where we’ll be showcasing our newest version of the Shield platform for NVH and functional test, leveraging National Instruments hardware and software. We’ll show you how we unified Shield with our STAX automation technology to produce a modular and scalable automation platform that is… Continue Reading

Don’t Be So Binary

Don’t Be So Binary

Every so often, a few farsighted people with vision, means, and the will to act perceive a wave approaching and see opportunity where others see only the mist. Today, one of these waves is upon us and it is just beginning to engulf the world of industrial manufacturing. Industry 4.0, Smart Machines, Industrial Internet of… Continue Reading

Project Spotlight: Seat Adjuster Track Tester

Project Spotlight: Seat Adjuster Track Tester

Translating the human perception of sound into a quantifiable understanding has been a challenge over the years in the field of NVH. Signal.X has been continuously improving its tools with unique algorithms to objectify a passenger’s subjective perception of seat adjusters. Traditionally, the quality of seat adjusters in a production environment has been evaluated using… Continue Reading

The Signal.X / University of Cincinnati Co-op Program: The Co-op Perspective, Part 7

The Signal.X / University of Cincinnati Co-op Program: The Co-op Perspective, Part 7

I started working for Signal.X in January 2018 for my first co-op rotation without any real world experience. Since starting, I have had multiple projects that allowed me to apply the knowledge I have gained in class as well as learn and apply even more skills that I have acquired at Signal.X. Specifically, I have… 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

Engineers' Corner

The Signal.X Blog

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.

Project Spotlight: Electric Brake Motor Dynamometer

Project Spotlight: Electric Brake Motor Dynamometer

Working with Motor Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Signal.X provided controls, data acquisition, signal processing, and commissioning support to MDS as they worked to deliver their new electric brake motor dynamometer to a major OEM. Click here to read the full application spotlight about this exciting new technology. To view our entire publications catalog, click here. Continue Reading

Application Spotlight: Half-Shaft Retention Check

Application Spotlight: Half-Shaft Retention Check

In a development partnership with a major automotive OEM, Signal.X has created a new way to verify the manual task of half-shaft installation at vehicle final assembly, utilizing high-speed DAQ and real-time signal processing. Click here to read the full application spotlight about this half-shaft retention check. To view our full publications catalog, click here. Continue Reading

Automotive Testing Expo 2018 Preview

Automotive Testing Expo 2018 Preview

Come see us at ATE 2018! Visit us in Booth 15026, where we’ll be showcasing our newest version of the Shield platform for NVH and functional test, leveraging National Instruments hardware and software. We’ll show you how we unified Shield with our STAX automation technology to produce a modular and scalable automation platform that is… Continue Reading

Don’t Be So Binary

Don’t Be So Binary

Every so often, a few farsighted people with vision, means, and the will to act perceive a wave approaching and see opportunity where others see only the mist. Today, one of these waves is upon us and it is just beginning to engulf the world of industrial manufacturing. Industry 4.0, Smart Machines, Industrial Internet of… Continue Reading

Project Spotlight: Seat Adjuster Track Tester

Project Spotlight: Seat Adjuster Track Tester

Translating the human perception of sound into a quantifiable understanding has been a challenge over the years in the field of NVH. Signal.X has been continuously improving its tools with unique algorithms to objectify a passenger’s subjective perception of seat adjusters. Traditionally, the quality of seat adjusters in a production environment has been evaluated using… Continue Reading

The Signal.X / University of Cincinnati Co-op Program: The Co-op Perspective, Part 7

The Signal.X / University of Cincinnati Co-op Program: The Co-op Perspective, Part 7

I started working for Signal.X in January 2018 for my first co-op rotation without any real world experience. Since starting, I have had multiple projects that allowed me to apply the knowledge I have gained in class as well as learn and apply even more skills that I have acquired at Signal.X. Specifically, I have… 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