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Invitation to AGRITECHNICA 2017 – The preparations are underway

“Control tests – automatic, reproducible, smart.” With this motto HYDRIVE Engineering invites on its booth E53 (hall 27) at Agritechnica between 12th and 18th Nov 2017.

Testing Without a Prototype – the HiL Test Rig

In collaboration with ESI ITI and Palfinger Platforms HYDRIVE Engineering works on new methods to develop machines while reducing the number of necessary prototypes. The key to optimisation is called efficient software testing at HiL test rigs.

Flexible control system for a wafer handling robot

Hydrive Engineering has developed an innovative control system for automation specialist Adenso's wafer handling robot. The software adapts to different variations of the robot.

1,000 forage harvester tests in one night

Hydrive has set up a Hardware-in-the-Loop test bench for a forage harvester by Claas Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH. Over 1,000 tests have been programmed so far and can now be performed automatically on each piece of new software.

Software-in-the-loop simulation speeds up machine control tests

For clients who find the hardware and software costs of “hardware-in-the-loop” technologies too high, Hydrive Engineering now offers “software-in-the-loop” testing procedures. This technique allows machine software to be tested without having to integrate electronic control unit hardware.

Control system for a valveless wheel loader

Implementing energy-efficient drive technology in mobile machines reduces fuel consumption, cutting costs for users. To ensure acceptance, these new drive technologies must maintain the same standards of operability and machine performance that users are used to. This represents a huge challenge in terms of developing the control system, as in-depth understanding of machine behaviour and drive technology is required.

Snow plough equipped with additional software functions

Machine control system software must be adapted in order for new functions to be added to existing machines. The challenge lies in integrating the new functions into the existing control system and implementing them within very short periods of time.

Hydrive at the VIP Conference 2013

Hydrive Engineering GmbH attended the 18th technology and user conference Virtual Instruments in Practice – VIP 2013.

3D visualisation supports software development

As part of the joint project Developing Technologies for Energy-Efficient Drives in Mobile Machines Hydrive Engineering GmbH has added a 3D visualisation feature to a software test rig for the first time. The system’s particular advantage is that it is able to directly import data from the real-time simulation models of machines already available, eliminating an additional step in the modelling process.

New joint research and development project: proFAST

Up to now, most electronic control units and software were not tested until they had been installed in the real machine or prototype, which meant that testing took place rather late in the development process. For small and medium-sized manufacturers of mobile machines, this procedure is not just costly and requires a lot of resources, but is also fraught with risks.

Hydrive Engineering offers comprehensive testing possibilities for electronic control units

Control units, or ECUs, are very diverse. They are often distinguished by their varied functions and types, as well as their number of electrical inputs and outputs. However, they all have one thing in common: they have to undergo testing.

5th Technical Conference for Construction Equipment in Dresden

Hydrive Engineering presented itself for the first time at the Technical Conference for Construction Equipment (Fachtagung Baumaschinen), which was held in Dresden in September 2012, as a competent partner for the development of fluid power drive components and systems.

Dual use saves money

New users of HiL technology often do not use their testbeds around the clock. Thanks to the technology’s modular structure, however, expensive measurement hardware for other testbeds can be used during these times.

Swivel drive for a hydraulic excavator

An automated software testbed for the simulation of electrical faults in the cable loom and their recognition by the control software was developed and built during the software development for a hydraulic excavator. This considerably reduced expenditure on tests for proving safety functions in the event of a fault.

Hydrive Engineering at 8th IFK

The 8th International Fluid Power Conference (IFK) will take place in Dresden from 26-28 March 2012. There, Hydrive Engineering GmbH will present itself as a competent development partner for fluid power drives. At our trade stand we will be happy to answer any questions concerning the development of power drive components and systems.

Software test rigs – NI VeriStand 2011 & ECU-TEST 5.1 updates

Newsflash for HiL users: a big improvement has been made to workspace performance in the latest version of NI VeriStand.

Hydrive at 14th ITI Symposium in Dresden

The 14th ITI Symposium took place in Dresden from 30 November to 1 December 2011. There, Hydrive Engineering and QTronic reported on new, innovative software tests in their presentation “Extensive Testing of Heavy Machinery ECU on a NI VeriStand HiL using TestWeaver”.

Additional traction drive for a construction machine

A hydrostatic additional traction drive which has to run synchronously with the traction drive of the machine under all operating conditions was developed from scratch for a grader.