Utilization, productivity and efficiency of test facilities

In recent years, the globalization of automotive manufacturers and suppliers has steadily increased. This also has an effect on the test facilities. Today, they are increasingly used globally and must be supported by appropriate software systems.

The Peak Resource Planner is at the center of a software suite from Peak Solution, with which test processes can be transparently organized and controlled. The solution provides e.g. powerful functions for the

  • Planning of test series
  • Definition of test orders
  • Commissioning of tests (or other work tasks such as maintenance, calibration, prototype construction, etc.)
  • Controlling of approval processes
  • Management of various types of test resources (e.g. test benches, measuring equipment, test specimens, employees, etc.)
  • Assignment of suitable test resources to test orders
  • Optimization of test sequences
  • Provisioning of status information from the test field
  • Generation of notifications on the basis of freely definable events (e.g. test start, test interruption, test end) for different user groups
  • Determination of process characteristics (KPIs)
  • Management of test descriptions and test results
  • Search of tests orders, test resources and test results
  • Definition of role-based access permissions
  • and many more

Depending on the requirements, the software can be used either as a local or global (web-based) solution. You can find an example of a global solution here: Backbone System for the global management of test orders. In both cases, the software leads to the relief of test managers in the day-to-day work as well as to the improvement of the utilization, productivity and efficiency of test facilities.

You can get a first impression of the Peak Resource Planner with our introductory videos on YouTube:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teUtWACRi-U

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noXSESP82Xc

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Mp8GUEqxU&feature=youtu.be

Peak Solution and PSA Group collaborate for Big Data Solution

Peak Solution and PSA Groupe have agreed to collaborate on a ‘Big Data’ project. The aim is to develop a flexible and scalable solution to systematically manage and analyze the huge amount of data that results from car testing. The two partners will also incorporate into the project recommendations and results from the ASAM-BigODS Work Group.

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Enhancement of the openMDM® 5 Web Client

The openMDM® EWG (Eclipse Working Group) published a web-based prototype client for navigating and searching in test data in the middle of 2016. In December 2016, Peak Solution began to expand this client on behalf of BMW. The goal is to prepare openMDM® 5 for productive use at BMW Group.

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How to document tests in a standardized way

In order to be able to find measurement data quickly even after a long time and to interpret and compare it unambiguously for different purposes, it is necessary to precisely document the context in which they were created. With the help of templates, this can be standardized across team and department boundaries.

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Added value by linking up existing data stores

Test systems and CAE applications are very specific in terms of navigation and presentation of results. Equally diverse are the underlying data formats and database structures for storing test results, simulation models, calibration parameters, test parts and measuring equipment. With the help of an intelligent link layer (for example a Data Communication Bus) it is possible to connect these different “worlds” together.

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Making existing knowledge transparent with Big Data search engines

Test and simulation departments of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers generate daily large amounts of data. This data provides valuable knowledge, which contributes significantly to the product quality and thus improve competitiveness. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to manage this knowledge across the enterprise and use it selectively. The reason: test and simulation results are stored in many different applications at various locations all over the world and often can not or only with great effort be found and linked. Manual searches are becoming a kind of “time thief” and usually do not provide a complete overview of the available information. Knowledge that could provide the decisive advantage over competitors can not be used.

However, there are solutions available that make it possible to manage and exploratory browse large amounts of data from the test and simulation environment. In addition to established standards such as ASAM ODS and openMDM® this includes increasingly Big Data technologies.

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