Wineman Technology Introduces INERTIA™ for Real-Time Control Applications

New Add-on to NI VeriStand Helps Engineers Test with Dynamometer and Servo-Hydraulic Systems

Sep 21, 2011, 09:00 ET from Wineman Technology, Inc.

SAGINAW, Mich., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wineman Technology, Inc. today announced INERTIA™, a software add-on for NI VeriStand that provides an integrated control solution for test cell applications. NI VeriStand is a software environment for creating real-time testing applications more efficiently, and by using NI VeriStand with INERTIA, control engineers can easily create and execute real-time control applications including dynamometer and servo-hydraulic test systems.

The NI VeriStand test environment provides real-time model execution, deterministic stimulus generation, data logging, and hardware I/O connectivity in a configuration-based environment. Up until now, to implement multi-axis or multi-mode control systems that are typically required in test cell applications, engineers had to develop and maintain custom features for NI VeriStand. Now with INERTIA, engineers can take advantage of ready-to-use functionality including control display templates, control groupings, and procedure commands designed specifically for physical control systems. INERTIA ultimately helps engineers rapidly configure and deploy control systems by allowing them to get systems up and running quickly without in-depth programming knowledge with a proven system deployed on more than one hundred applications.

"We are constantly developing specialized equipment, sensors, actuators, and electronics for high-technology systems," said Michael Condon of General Atomic. "INERTIA gave us the flexibility and customization we needed to test a very unique actuator with very unique requirements. Our final application exceeded our requirements and was on budget and on time."

INERTIA provides users with an intuitive and powerful environment for creating valid test profiles with specific control functions, and adds additional functionality, including:

  • Ready-to-use, closed-loop PID controllers with multi-axis synchronization and amplitude control
  • Multi-mode control support with bumpless transfer between modes
  • Application-specific test editor tightly integrated with the control loops and safety procedures
  • Integrated PID control loop tuning utility and other run-time tools

INERTIA is well-suited for any multi-mode or multi-axis control application that use dynamometers or hydraulic actuators, including test cells for engines, transmissions, tires, motors, valves, pumps, turbines, gear boxes, and auxiliary power units (APUs) used to execute performance, life cycle durability, and qualification testing. While the combination of INERTIA and NI VeriStand provide a ready-to-use test cell control and monitoring tool, Wineman also provides integration services for test cell applications that range from consultations to full system implementation and ongoing maintenance.

For more information on INERTIA, readers can visit http://www.winemantech.com/products/detail.php?id=8.

About Wineman Technology

Established in 1991, Wineman Technology, Inc. specializes in providing the right technical solution for solving a wide range of test applications, such as dynamometer systems, servo-hydraulics, data acquisition systems, real time controllershardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems and general testing machines. Unlike other companies where test plays a partial role, Wineman Technology's singular focus is the design and development of test equipment for advanced research and development, functional test labs, and manufacturing production. Wineman Technology's focus on test systems with a diverse range of capabilities enables them to deliver superior system reliability, serviceability, and support.

NI VeriStand is a trademark of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

SOURCE Wineman Technology, Inc.



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