Top 8 Ways to Deal with Noise in Data Acquisition and Test Systems

Measuring analog signals within a data acquisition (DAQ) system is not always as simple as wiring the signal source leads to the measurement...

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Using TaaS to Streamline Path-to-Market Product Development Testing

Products undergo many development phases to accommodate evolving research and requirements, and the necessary tests to ensure functional safety...

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How to Expedite the Development (and Improve the Quality) of Your Medical Device with Simulation

50 years ago, insulin pumps were contained in large backpacks—today, they can fit in your pocket. 40 years ago, robot-assisted surgery didn’t...

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Integrate Your Aerospace Eletromechanical Actuator Physical Testing and HIL Simulation

In a move toward more electric aircraft (MEA) for a variety of reasons beyond reducing the carbon footprint of air travel, aircraft manufacturers are...

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Virgin Hyperloop and NI Work Alongside Genuen to Transform the Transportation Industry

The superfast, inter-region travel imagined by science fiction writers for decades is finally becoming closer to reality, thanks to hyperloop...

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How Do You Know When You Have Enough Tests? (Or Too Many?)

Let’s face it—design engineers are never really “done” improving their designs. But at some point, the product’s design must be declared complete,...

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ATE 2021 Recap: Three Trends for the Automotive Industry

After not being able to attend the Automotive Testing Expo (ATE) in 2020 amid the global pandemic, the Genuen team was excited to return to Novi, MI...

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How to Reduce the Chances of Project Failure through Modeling

The average rate of project failure is 70%, with technical projects having a still greater failure rate. As technology continues to advance at an...

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Visit Genuen at ATE 2021: Moving Toward ISO 26262 Compliance

We will be in booth #7020 at the Automotive Testing Expo in Novi, MI from October 26-28, helping organizations prepare with testing across the...

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Test as a Service Brings Test Data Without the Overhead

Today, we announced Test as a Service (TaaS) for proof & burst testing and impulse testing. This service makes lifecycle and endurance testing fast...

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Building a Scalable Software Architecture

There are several different ways to approach software architecture development for component and system testing. A modular approach to software...

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What is Advanced Air Mobility? And, How is it Regulated?

For decades, the dominant form of commercial air transportation to travel from city-to-city, region-to-region, or country-to-country has been the...

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We’re Expanding Our Capabilities with Versatech

Today we announced that we have acquired Versatech, an engineering firm that designs and integrates specialized robotic and production automation...

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How to Select the Best Testing Model for Your Application

Nearly all of today’s products require testing of one form or another. Testing needs range from development testing, functional testing, life...

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It Failed, But Why? What You Can Do with More Data

A common failure scenario while burst testing a tube assembly is that there is a failure at or near the tube to fitting junction. What was the...

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Hyperloop and The Challenge of Complying with Standards that Don’t Exist Yet

Hyperloop is a developing form of mass transit for both passengers and cargo proposed by inventor Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper called "Hyperloop...

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Why HIL is Becoming Critical for Medical Device Testing

In the past, medical devices were relatively simple and device certification was a straightforward process with few variables to worry about. The...

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Three Tips to Comply with Key Aspects of ISO 26262

The automotive industry is quickly accelerating toward new ways of driving cars. Several automakers have announced a shift in focus from traditional...

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CertTech, WTI, and Butterfield Engineering Unite as Genuen

Provider of End-to-End Test Solutions for Mission-Critical Applications Genuen provides Fortune 500 companies, Prime contractors, and Tier 1...

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CertTech Acquires Butterfield Engineering Further Expanding Test and Integration Capabilities

CertTech announced today that the company has acquired Butterfield Engineering, a specialized test engineering firm focused on modular test systems...

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How Experience with DO-178 Translates to Other Industries

Providing end-to-end service and serving our customers throughout the entire product design process are two of the greatest benefits of the recent...

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Success Story: Hydraulic Test and Simulation of Field-Installed Systems

Recently, a large industrial firm presented several hydraulic test system manufacturers with a challenge: develop a system to simulate a field...

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MRO Test Stand Automation in Today’s Business Environment

It seems that several external influences are changing the way we think about Automated MRO Testing in today’s business models.  The wave of...

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Meeting Medtech’s Quality Assurance Demands Through Effective Test Strategies

When the word “quality” comes up in highly regulated industries like aerospace, automotive, or medical device manufacturing, a lot comes with it into...

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CertTech and WTI Share the 'Why' Behind Their Joined Vision and the Future of Test and Measurement

Contributed By Morgan Norris, Sr. Brand Strategist, TREW Marketing Recently, CertTech, an expert in test solutions for mission-critical and safety...

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WTI Joins CertTech to Extend Strategic Test Capabilities for Clients Worldwide

Today, WTI (formerly Wineman Technology, Inc.) announced the company has been acquired by CertTech, an expert in mission-critical and safety...

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Proof and Burst Pressure Test Stands

A few of our engineers feel that the most satisfying test stand that Genuen builds is a Proof and Burst Pressure Test Stand. After all, who doesn’t...

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Expanding Pressure Pulsation Testing to Include Controllable Water Hammer Effects

Perhaps the best place to start this conversation is to revisit the difference between an Impulse Test System and a Pressure Pulsation Test System....

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Defining and Selection of Bubble-Point Test Stands

The purpose this post to highlight some of the insights into the selection and capabilities of Bubble-Point Test Systems and is not intended to go...

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Linear Actuators: Electric vs. Hydraulic

A quick Google search of this post’s title will result in plenty of information to digest and a wide range of comparisons (and opinions) based on who...

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Measure Twice and Cut Once: The Importance of Creating Detailed Requirements Documents

“I Need a Solution Yesterday” When working with a systems integrator to provide a custom solution to fit your specific needs, the project process...

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Automating your LabVIEW Builds with Jenkins Continuous Integration

This is a multi-part blog post. In this post I will be talking about the basics of LabVIEW and Continuous Integration using Jenkins, with future...

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How to Combine HIL with Mechanical Systems Rigs to Create Electromechanical Test Rigs

Guest post by Nate Holmes, Solutions Manager, Physical Test and Powertrain Systems at National Instruments Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and physical...

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Closing the Loop: The HIL Preparedness Checklist

Guest post by Jeff Philips, Head of Automotive Marketing at National Instruments You’re ready to take advantage of the benefits of Hardware in the...

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Baseball and Life

I have been managing my son’s baseball teams since he was 3 years old. He is 17 now, and this will be our last season together. When I see him on the...

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Automotive HIL Reference Design with Cummins, NI Draws Recognition

The system, presented at NI Week 2018 by Cummins Inc. and Genuen in a keynote session, was featured in a show recap article by Electronic Design. NI,...

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Custom Step Types in NI TestStand

In the last blog post, we covered why and how to create UI Messages. Now that we have a way to use TestStand to run a VI In the LabVIEW operator...

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UI Messages in NI TestStand

National Instruments TestStand is software for running test sequences that automates many of the functions that are common to a piece of test...

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Introducing TestScript: Free Python/LabVIEW Connector

Test engineers typically add manual-control screens to LabVIEW applications. While it would be helpful to repetitively execute varying parts of those...

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Lessons Learned from the 2018 First Robotics Season

The First Robotics season is over for 2018, but it’s not too late to write my annual blog about what I learned from building a robot over the span of...

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5 HIL Trends for Chassis and Body Electronics Test

According to FMI’s Automotive Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Market Assessment, the global market for ECUs – including engine, brake, suspension, and...

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What is Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Testing?

The ProblemVehicles are being controlled by progressively more advanced computers called ECUs (Electronic Control Units). Testing the designs for new...

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Case Study: Electric Parking Brake HIL and Durability Testing Using CANalytics Software

Akebono Brake Corporation is a global supplier of foundation brakes and brake friction materials for automotive OEM customers such as Audi, Chrysler,...

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Leveraging the Power of Python in LabVIEW

This post is going to focus on a few of the tools currently available for integrating Python and LabVIEW together in your application.  In a...

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Providing Insight through Electromechanical Test

When someone asks what we do at Wineman Technology (WTI) it is often hard to explain.  The simplest answer is we build test equipment; although this...

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Rapid II: The Fastest Way to Deploy Control and Data Acquisition in One Tester

What happens when a physical system or component needs to be tested for performance or durability? The developer sits down and figures out the...

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How to Effectively Use Hierarchical Variant Lookup Tables Using LabVIEW

A lookup table is a table of values that may need to be indiscriminately retrieved programmatically, often even determined subjectively by a user’s...

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Would you mind if we ask a few questions?

In a previous post , I wrote about how data science can be an important part of systems integration.  In this post, I would like to outline a few...

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Data Science and Systems Integration

  Data Science. Systems Integration. For many systems integrators, the two seem to lie at an ideal hand-off point with nothing in common. The...

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Genuen Recognized for CANalytics Platform and Overall Technical Leadership

Geneun (formerly WTI), a leading test solutions company, today announced that its CANalytics software was named the NI LabVIEW Tools Network...

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Top Two Lessons Learned from FIRST Robotics 2017 Season

  I’ve been trying to find time to write a blog about my experiences with FIRST Robotics Competition since I wrote the first one last year. This is...

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Visit Us at NIWeek 2017

Wineman Technology will be in Austin, Texas at NIWeek 2017, May 22 - 25.  Come see us at booth #827 on the Expo Floor. We'll be debuting our brand...

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The Numerical Analysis of Finding the Height of a Circular Segment

 For best results in viewing this page, right-click an equation on this page, select Math Settings -> Math Renderer -> HTML-CSS. Finding the height...

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WTI Adds New Sales Leadership

We are happy to announce that we have two new sales executives. Todd VanGilder has assumed the role of Vice President of Sales. For  the last 10...

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Quaternions for Rotations in Native LabVIEW

Suppose you find yourself needing to rotate a point in three-dimensional space about an arbitrary axis. This problem comes up frequently in robotic...

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Genuen CANalytics Platform Now on the LabVIEW Tools Network

We are happy to announce that Genuen CANalytics software is now available on the NI LabVIEW Tools Network. The CANalytics platform provides an...

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Video: TestTracker Software Demo and Overview

Our TestTracker Data Management Software is a test lab management tool for managers, product engineers and test engineers who rely on efficient and...

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Multifunction Aircraft Flight Surface Electronic Control Unit Test System: A Better Avionics Verification Tool

Modern avionics exemplify safety and mission-critical, dependable systems. These systems continue to become more complex, and they often operate in...

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Wineman Technology Celebrates 25 Years of Growth in Michigan

   We're happy to announce that we recently celebrated our 25th anniversary, bringing  the best of test systems and test cell applications to...

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The Hough Circle Transform in Native LabVIEW

 The Hough Circle Transform has been known for some time.[1] The Hough Circle Transform takes in data and a known radius, and outputs the center of...

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Saving Results in an INERTIA Test

Results in INERTIA store the result of some comparison at some time within your test. Each result can contain a single record or an array of records...

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Wineman Technology, Test Solutions Provider, Celebrates 25 Years of Growth and Success in Michigan

SAGINAW, Mich. -- September 21, 2016 – Wineman Technology, Inc., a leading test solutions company, today announced its 25th anniversary. For the last...

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Running Post-Processing After a Test Completes

 INERTIA supports launching a user-developed LabVIEW VI upon test completion. This option is set through the Test Executor Options that are accessed...

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Setting the Default Data Logging Path in INERTIA

By default, INERTIA logs data to a timestamped folder within the Logs directory within your project’s folder, e.g., NI VeriStand...

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Creating a Background Task in VeriStand

You can create a periodic background task to perform various tasks on the real-time controller by creating a low priority alarm with a delay and it...

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Acceptance Testing Procedures for Aerospace Hydraulic Components

The proper testing of each component during development is especially crucial for in-flight critical applications because a failure of even the...

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Does Your Pressure Impulse System Measure Up?

One of the greatest growth areas for Wineman Technology are our lines of pressure impulse and pressure pulsation test systems. During the quoting...

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Impulse Testing Vs. Pressure Pulsation Testing

Each month we receive multiple requests for “pressure cycling test stands”. The first question we ask of our customers is: “Are you looking for an ...

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The UI Thread, Root Loop, and LabVIEW: What You Need to Know

You may have never heard of the UI thread or the root loop, but as a revision to the old adage goes, what you don’t know can hurt you.

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Validating Aircraft Hydraulics with a Full-Scale Test Cell

If you’re designing hydraulic systems, especially in the commercial and military aircraft industries, you’re under a lot of pressure to keep pace...

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Ensuring System Success: Tips for Writing Your Best Mechanical Requirements Specifications

If your product is often used as a component in a larger custom mechanical system, you may or may not have spent much time considering how your...

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Categories of Hydraulic Test Stands, Part 1

This article is the first in a three-part series outlining Basic Testing Processes, several common Testing Categories, and the basic Types of Test...

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Coping with Specialty Fluids for Hydraulic Testing #5: Cold Fluid Temperature Testing

This is the fifth in a series of articles outlining the system requirements and considerations when using specialty fluids for product test stands....

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Coping with Specialty Fluids for Hydraulic Testing #4: Hot Fluid Temperature Testing

This is the fourth in a series of articles outlining the system requirements and considerations when using specialty fluids for product test stands....

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Coping with Specialty Fluids for Hydraulic Testing #3: Contamination Test Fluids

This is the third in a series of articles outlining the system requirements and considerations when using specialty fluids for product test stands.

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Servo Hydraulic Test Lab Audits

  The test labs that the Genuen Sales Engineers encounter on a daily basis vary as much as the number of products being tested in today's...

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Coping with Specialty Fluids for Hydraulic Testing #2: Automatic Transmission Fluids

This is the second in a series of articles outlining the system requirements and considerations when using specialty fluids for product test stands.

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Impulse Test Stand Retrofits

One of the fastest growing product testing requirements today is strength and fatigue testing of fluid based control components. This can vary across...

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Coping with Specialty Fluids for Hydraulic Testing #1: Phosphate Ester

This is the first in a series of articles outlining the system requirements and considerations when using specialty fluids for product test stands.

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Fluid Monitoring Solutions for Hydraulic Test Stands

One major aspect of hydraulic/servo-based test systems that is routinely overlooked is the test fluid’s status. Many of us know to monitor...

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Green Energy Solutions for Hydraulic Test Stands

Many of our customers are now requiring their new servo-hydraulic test benches to be not only energy efficient, but to be designed to include the...

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Build a Custom Test Cell in Weeks not Months, with INERTIA Test Cell Software

When building your own test bed, it can be hard to tell which commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) test software will best meet your needs. On one hand,...

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Hydraulic Test Stand Upgrades: Is Your Stand Ready For A Makeover?

We all have them: the ones that have been around so long that we have named them “Old Blue,” “The Gray Ghost,” “Legacy-One,” or even “That Old Piece...

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Top 3 Considerations for Building a Variable Valve Test Stand

Variable valve timing (VVT) has become a hot phrase for the automotive industry (as seen in the latest 2014 GMC Sierra commercial). In order to bring...

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3 Reasons to Reuse Not Replace Your Legacy Test System

In a competitive economic climate, device and component manufacturers face must occasionally update their test systems to keep up with the latest...

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When You Come to a Fork in the Road to Success…Sooner or Later You Must Merge

Teamwork is very important when you are working on large-scale or rapid turnaround projects. Using a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) such...

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Time in a Bottle…Do Not Break in Case of Emergency

Since 1986 National Instruments (NI) has released over 20 editions of LabVIEW not including the separate toolkits and LabVIEW Real-Time. This...

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Avoiding Race Conditions with LabVIEW Programming

Race Conditions A race condition is an event that can occur in electronics or software where the outcome depends on the order that two or more events...

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Time and Materials: Get the Custom Software You Really Want

When procuring custom software, your project scope is typically not going to be defined such that feature requests won't pop up mid-stream. First,...

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Key Considerations for Modernizing Existing Test Cell Controls and Data Acquisition Systems

In today’s world of computer-based data acquisition and controls systems, mechanical components often outlive the electronics in the system. When...

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Fuel Measurement and Conditioning Systems for Engine, Powertrain Components, and Alternative Fuel Testing

If fuel measurement and conditioning is important to your testing requirements, then it is critical that your system is designed with these...

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Aerospace Solutions - Iron Bird Testing

Today’s commercial and military aircrafts are increasing complex and call for high-performance test solutions. Proving out systems, sub-systems, and...

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Get Started with INERTIA Test Automation Software Video Tutorials

Genuen has posted four INERTIA™ getting started videos to our website. The video tutorials are designed to help a new user of the INERTIA test...

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In-House vs. Outsourcing Test Equipment and Controls Work

  Over my years as a test facilities manager, I’ve seen multiple companies debate the topic of building an in-house program or machine versus...

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Ford Deploys Fuel Cell Test System Using INERTIA Software

  “NI VeriStand and the INERTIA™ add-on provided us with an easy-to-use tool for developing and deploying our HIL tests, and the NI VeriStand plugin...

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Designing Energy-Efficient Testers for Agricultural Vehicles

The Challenge Creating an energy-efficient test solution for the next generation of hydro-mechanical transmissions used in farming equipment.

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What is the Best Software Development Method?

There are many software development methodologies; which one is the best? I believe there is only one answer to this question; the method that best...

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