Walvoil

iDaq allows Walvoil S.p.A. to automate test on hydraulic devices

 

The goals

Walvoil S.p.A., a leading global manufacturer of hydraulic valves and complete mechatronic systems designed for mobile equipment, needs to automate some fundamentals procedures:

  • To perform durability tests on hydraulic devices
  • To perform specific tests to evaluate functional characteristics of prototypes
  • To gather information about product performance

Walvoil S.p.A. also needs to have a tool that allows specialists to evaluate device functionality and performance in the shortest possible time. It also needs a tool that could be moved from a machinery to another.

Until this moment, many of the necessary procedures are performed manually. Therefore, there is the need of a software that automates these procedures in order to reduce human errors and execution time.

The required solution has to have an intuitive interface that allows operators to work without having to learn all the details about the acquisition system.

 

The solution

To meet all these specific demands, T4SM realized an application based on iDaq, an innovative signal management platform capable to acquire signals coming from thousands of sensors.

iDaq is connected to a CompactRIO, which acquires data from the sensors used for tests. iDaq analyses this data which is saved in many formats in a few minutes through the application Easy Data Logger. Saved data can be opened in spreadsheet applications also during the registration of another test session.

The software automates test procedures that had previously been performed manually, reducing, thus, human errors and execution time.

The solution has an intuitive interface that allows operators to perform their activities without having to learn all the details about the acquisition system.

 

 

 

 

Benefits and results

iDaq is a easy-to-use software that allows Walvoil S.p.A. to save time and costs, thanks to its fast setup and the reduction of human errors.

The data monitoring enables to compare the tests performed on the devices over the time, as the analysed data is stored on disk by iDaq.

The synoptic panels created in iDaq are vey useful, in particular in case of visits by customers interested in the test in progress.

 

T4SM supported us in a continuative way during the customization of the rack based on the CompactRIO, with excellent suggestions and support during the first utilizations.

 During laboratory management, activities of revamping, upgrade and acquisition systems updates are sporadic and not always predictable. At the opportunity, we are likely to resort again to T4SM services.

 

Cesare Dolcin - Ricerca e Sviluppo @Walvoil S.p.A.

 

Challenges

  • To perform durability tests on hydraulic devices
  • To perform specific tests to evaluate functional characteristics of prototypes
  • To gather information about product performance
  • To reduce human errors and procedures execution time
  • Portable solution
  • Intuitive interface

 

Solutions

  • Automation of the procedures to test the valves
  • Monitoring through synoptic panels

 

Resources

  • iDaq 2015
  • Easy Data Logger
  • Windows 7
  • NI CompactRIO

 

 

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