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 to add new models, facilitate troubleshooting of components, and provide the correct level of insight into the machine performance and health.
At Signal.X, our team of engineers and developers can create the systems necessary for successful machine controls design and execution.
Control Panel Design and Build
Building control panels requires a combination of experience, attention to detail, and adherence to customer specifications. Signal.X can design and build complex control panels for our test systems, and follow through with execution that ensures success.
Control System Development
Production test systems require a level of reliability that is uncompromising and never-ending. PLCs have traditionally been the primary solution to meeting this requirement, and are still the right choice for many machines. Signal.X can provide PLC-based control systems or work with a customer’s control engineers to retrofit existing systems to add functionality.
As these test systems become more complex, Signal.X has found that PLCs don’t always satisfy the needs for high-speed data acquisition, signal processing, database interaction, and more. In lieu of simply placing a PC next to a PLC on the production line, Signal.X created the STAX manufacturing test platform, built on the National Instrument CompactRIO hardware – Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs).
See an example of how we have applied this technology to high-volume production test here.