New NI Data-Logging Software addresses Key Automotive Challenges

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NIWeek, the provider of a software-defined platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems, announced FlexLogger configuration-based data-logging software for validation test. With intuitive workflows and integrated data management, FlexLogger helps automotive test departments quickly capture accurate, well documented data to verify system functionality in real-world conditions and comply with strict government regulations.

Technology innovations in areas like active-safety, electrification and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication are disrupting how the automotive industry designs, tests and produces vehicles. Rapidly evolving components and systems including sensor fusion, high-capacity batteries and deep learning demand a higher volume of testing with accurate, traceable results to exceed safety-critical expectations for quality and reliability. These trends are pulling automotive test departments in different directions, intensifying challenges to build increasingly complex, mixed-measurement test systems under compressed timelines, while managing the explosive growth of collected data.

Engineers can use FlexLogger to help simplify test configurations and extract key insights with sensor-specific workflows to acquire and log synchronized, mixed measurements, no programming required. They can quickly integrate analog sensors, digital pulse frequencies, CAN signals, and calculated channels that are logged to the universal Technical Data Management Streaming (TDMS) file format, so data can be correlated and analyzed to accurately characterize an entire system. These capabilities also address similar challenges faced by test departments in other industries including heavy equipment, aerospace, appliances and academic research.

“Characterizing a combine harvester drivetrain requires a mix of different measurements including pressure, temperature, current, CAN and shaft speed,” said Andy Tarman, lab test engineer at CNH Industrial. “FlexLogger makes it easier to troubleshoot and verify that the raw data from different sensors are correct before I start my test development by saving time typically wasted on redoing configurations.”

To meet demands like testing higher complexity DUTs and shorter timeframes engineers need tools tailored to their needs that they can efficiently use through their workflow, helping them to meet their exact application requirements. FlexLogger is the latest addition To NI’s software-centric platform that features products tailored to needs within distinct stages of their workflow, products that have been adopted in whole or in part by more than 300,000 active users.

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