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Consumer Product Turnkey Appliance Test System with Power Measurements using LabVIEW

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Consumer Goods, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC developed a complete turnkey appliance test lab for a major manufacturer. The lab consisted of several custom-designed test-stands for conducting a variety of tests on ovens, cooktops, microwaves, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Several transducers were attached to the appliances and data was collected using custom software written by DMC. Both the hardware and software were designed to the customer’s specifications in order to facilitate comparisons to other...

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Automotive Smart Sensor Testing in LabVIEW

Posted in Automotive, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC was approached by a large automotive corporation to aid in development of their NOx sensor test stand. The client’s staff developed the initial instrument drivers internally, but DMC was able to build a more formal architecture design and component integration. DMC worked closely alongside the client staff to produce a complete Real-Time and PC based test application.

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LabVIEW Consulting and Training for Internal Development Team

Posted in Automotive, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC often provides consulting and training services to clients with internal development teams looking to enhance their design architecture. In this particular case, DMC was approached by an internal software team at a large automotive corporation to aid in the development of their smart CAN sensor test stand. The client’s staff developed the initial instrument drivers and brought in DMC for architecture design and component integration. DMC worked closely alongside the client staff to produce...

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High-Speed Motion Control for Aerospace with LabVIEW FPGA

Posted in Aerospace, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Test and Measurement

DMC has worked closely with an Aerospace machine manufacturer to develop a high-speed control application for a highly coordinated process. Due to the nature of the process, an extremely complex and high-speed control strategy is required to ensure final product quality. The client recognized a proficiency gap in the processing technologies best suited to manage the controls application and reached out to DMC in order to supplement their development and design teams. DMC applied technology-specific...

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Pediatric Hospital Test Chamber with LabVIEW FPGA

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC was approached by the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to develop the world’s only Thermoregulatory Chamber designed and built from the ground up specifically for children. DMC worked with the hospital clinicians, researchers, architects, and construction crews to deliver this one-of-a-kind solution.

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High Speed Pharmaceutical Vision Inspection

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC developed an eight-camera vision system to integrate with a pharmaceutical pill manufacturing system. The vision system used National Instruments’ Embedded Vision System and Basler Ace cameras to inspect each pill in order to verify that the pill was not cracked or damaged, preventing the delivery of an incorrect dosage to a patient through a cracked pill. 

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High Speed Pharmaceutical Vision Inspection with NI Vision

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC developed a vision system to inspect a proprietary pharmaceutical product and the text printed on its packaging.  Due to the sensitive nature of distributing pharmaceuticals, DMC's client needed to ensure that 100% of their products were the proper size, had enough marking to identify the product, and that the product was accurately located in its package.  The client also needed to ensure that the text on the packaging was legible and accurate. DMC's solution needed to ensure...

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PLC-LabVIEW Industrial Communication

Posted in Allen Bradley PLC Programming, Consumer Goods, Data Analysis, Data Mining, and Reporting, Food and Beverage, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, LabVIEW Vision Application Development, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, PLC Programming, Siemens S7 PLC Programming, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation, Vision Inspection

DMC has extensive experience connecting PLCs to LabVIEW on Windows and Real-Time targets. PLC-controlled assembly lines often require testing for quality. Many applications have the need to incorporate high-speed DAQ and complicated processing into end-of-line (EOL) testers. Because PLCs are ill-equipped to handle large arrays of data or run complex algorithms, it is common to augment a PLC-controlled operation with a more powerful and intelligent DAQ controller. This is also a great opportunity...

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Motor Endurance Test

Posted in LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Motion Control Engineering and Servo Systems, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC programmed a multi-station motor endurance test system. The system utilized National Instruments hardware and software to control motors, monitor performance, and collect data throughout 500 hour endurance tests. Magtrol dynamometers apply a load to each motor and a PID control loop maintains the appropriate motor current, as specified by the test sequence. An autotuning algorithm allows the user to easily configure the system for any size motor and brake.

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Battery Stack Simulator for Hardware in the Loop (HiL) Testing of Electric Vehicles

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Automotive, Battery Pack and BMS Test Systems, Energy and Utilities, Green Technology, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

 A battery stack simulator for hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) test systems is being produced by DMC to augment the capabilites of battery management systems (BMS) HiL test systems.  This system leverages DMC's vast hardware and software experience in Electric Vehicle (EV, HEV, PHEV) Battery Pack and BMS Testing.

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Vacuum Leak Detector for Helium Cooling System

Posted in Building Technology, Civil Infrastructure, Embedded Systems, Energy and Utilities, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

The client maintains and operates a large piece of machinery that requires a coolant system that utilizes liquid helium. In order to fix and maintain the system, technology needed to be developed to discover and locate leaks. Leaks needed to be fixed as quickly as possible in order to avoid machine downtime. The system consisted of interfacing several mobile leak detection carts into a single operator interface. This allowed for controlled testing of leaks and the ability to determine leak location...

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Batteries and Fuel Cells: Large-Scale Distributed Testing

Posted in Automotive, Battery Pack and BMS Test Systems, Embedded Systems, Energy and Utilities, Internet of Things (IoT), LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

A client in the research field came to us with a challenging large-scale project: building a large-scale automated system for testing energy storage devices, including batteries and fuel cells. The system had to be scalable to enable hundreds of parallel asynchronous tests on various devices, including smart HEV/PHEV/EV battery packs, single Lithium-ion and lead acid battery cells, multi-cell lithium-ion battery packs, “smart” CAN-enabled fuel cells, and bare fuel cell stacks. The...

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Appliance Test System with Power Measurements

Posted in Automated Test Stand Design, Consumer Goods, Embedded Systems, Energy and Utilities, Food and Beverage, Green Technology, LabVIEW Programming, LabVIEW Programming for Real-Time and FPGA, Product Development, Test and Measurement, Test and Measurement Automation

DMC worked with a developer and manufacturer of consumer appliances to upgrade a test chamber with controls and data acquisition for testing of home refrigerators. The client replaced an aging black-box PLC-based solution with an open solution based on National Instruments LabVIEW for Real-Time.

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