National Instruments Teststand

What we offer;

Using teststand, we can create automated tests for electronic/electrical systems that you can modify and build upon. We can interface to almost all test equipment that have integrated LXI/GPIB/Serial ports. For special cases, we can develop a custom interface to your device or system. We can also support equipment from National Instruments including their complete range of PXI  systems. We can recommend systems to allow you complete traceability of your test process, from the billet of metal that a chassis is made from to the electronics inside the chassis to failures in the field. This allows you to build a complete picture of where improvements need to be made in the test process; saving you money.

 

What Is TestStand?

TestStand is industry-standard test management software that helps test and validation engineers build and deploy automated test systems faster. TestStand includes a ready-to-run test sequence engine that supports multiple test code languages, flexible result reporting, and parallel/multithreaded test.
Although TestStand includes many features out of the box, it is designed to be highly extensible. As a result, tens of thousands of users worldwide have chosen TestStand to build and deploy custom automated test systems.

Where is teststand used?

Design Verification and Validation Test
With rapid prototyping, product designs get increasingly complex and older traditional methods of validation testing are no longer efficient. TestStand offers an easy-to-use automation environment to develop reusable tests that can be used across designs while providing an unprecedented level of consistency.

Military, Defense, and Aerospace Test
TestStand is used in a wide variety of complex mil/aero systems composed of hundreds of subsystems that are often built by multiple contractors. The ability to interface with industry-standard technologies like ATML, IVI, PXI, ATLAS, requirements management tools, and others coupled with its legacy support and proven stability allow companies to standardize on TestStand for extremely long product life cycles.

Semiconductor Characterization
Semiconductor chip designs are constantly increasing in complexity, which requires more advanced test systems to characterize performance. To reduce the overall cost of chip test, many leading semiconductor companies have adopted TestStand and a software-defined approach for characterizing chips that range from analog-to-digital-converters to power management ICs.

Automotive Test
Automotive companies rely on TestStand to reduce test development time by providing out-of-the-box functionality and integration with automotive communication standards like CAN for testing powertrain and electronic control units to the consumer electronics components in vehicles.

Medical Devices Test
Providing accelerated test development and consistent testing, TestStand has been used to automate the testing of life critical medical devices all the way from design validation to production testing.

Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Test
Shortening product life cycles and the increasing complexity of today’s and tomorrow’s consumer electronics devices poses an ever-increasing challenge to electronics manufacturers. TestStand provides a ready-to-use solution that allows easy code reuse between products and the ability to interface with the latest technologies. In addition, its advanced parallel testing capabilities allow companies to maximize their manufacturing throughput.

Bespoke test software warning

Often companies offer bespoke test solutions based on their own software toolsets.
This has many disadvantages.

  1. Customisation or upgrade for your system is not always possible or cost effective.
  2. Integrating a bespoke test solution into other bespoke test solutions can cause compatability, cost and other problems.
  3. Compatabilty with different operating systems and platforms may be problematic.
  4. Smaller companies that develop bespoke test solutions can go out of business leaving you with an expensive, aging software suite and no support.

Our Teststand solution

Using an undustry standard software tool, has many advantages, including;

  1. Easy customisation to support virtually any equipment or process.
  2. Seamless compatability with other industry standard tools.
  3. Compatability with a wide range of industry standard operating systems (including mobile platforms) and tools.
  4. Using industry standard software from a large, established company reduces the risk of the software becoming obselete.