Moog upgrades test rig control software for strength, fatigue and NVH tests

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Developer of high-performance motion control products, Moog, has launched a new version of its Integrated Test Suite software (v.3.24) for the Moog Test Controller. The technology enables test operators to easily tune their test rigs and, once tuned, extract deeper insights about strength, fatigue or NVH analyses.

“With new features like our oscilloscope plot types, lab personnel can more easily tune their rigs, find specimen resonances or pinpoint the frequency content of signals. The setup screens make it very easy to learn of any problems with an ongoing test so lab technicians can take corrective measures quickly,“ says Moog’s automotive test consultant, Erwin Frederiksen, who is based in Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands.

As an example, testers can tap into the updated Test Suite software to directly connect to a specific test station or open a specific project they’re working on. The software’s user experience includes quickly creating desktop icons and automatically connecting to the desired station, so operators avoid mistakes and save time. Other newly integrated features include the following items:

  • Kinematics – With drag and drop, users can easily link hardware inputs and outputs to a model for setting up hexapod or biaxial test rigs
  • Oscilloscope plot types – Operators can monitor the frequency of signals by amplitude and spectral density and adjust resolution for clarity
  • Statistics widget – Lab workers can organize a large number of signals to simultaneously monitor during testing

The Moog Test Controller and new software release are said to be exceptionally reliable for running long, complex tests lasting months, or for simple checks on the production line, such as an end-of-line damper test. The new package also helps test engineers achieve a stable and flexible software platform, properly tuned to run cycle tests to one with drive files.

The way in which Moog’s controller and software v.3.24 integrate with existing test systems also indirectly lowers operational costs for lab managers, enables higher productivity and provides a greater degree of insight into how assessments are progressing. Moog’s controller and software are said to ensure precision, partly by delivering high internal sampling rates and a 64-bit signal resolution for controlling and recording data.

Image: Example amplitude spectrum plot – one of two new oscilloscope plot types added for frequency monitoring of signals

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