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

What do test engineers expect from Big Data?

Car manufacturers and suppliers facing the challenge to handle a growing amount of data coming from various sources such as test stands, test automation systems and field test equipment in an efficient manner. At the same time, they want to link development and test data with information on vehicle use. The goal is clear: Due to the increasing complexity of vehicles, the engineers must get a holistic, cross-domain understanding of the interaction and behavior of individual car components and performance parameters in the context of different environmental situations. In doing so, they want to make use of existing experience and knowledge in the company or even in the industry. Therefore, the companies want to collect, refine and systematically provide the entire development knowledge for different user groups.

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Automation of complex planning tasks in the test field

It is increasingly difficult for test field managers to meet the requirements of customers on a flexible and timely execution of tests and at the same time to achieve a high utilization of cost-intensive test resources. The reason for this is the increasing number of test orders and limited test resources that must be linked together in a complex network of processes and dependencies.

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Backbone system for the global management of test orders

On behalf of a leading automotive supplier, Peak Solution has implemented the first stage of a global backbone system for managing test orders. The company is testing security systems at several sites in Europe, America and Asia. The new software application unifies the processes for the description, commissioning and scheduling of tests across locations and creates transparency about the availability of test resources, such as measuring devices, cameras, dummies, test parts and test staff.

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Test planning for filter and motor development at MAHLE

The internal test department of MAHLE Technologies Holding in Shanghai carries out tests for numerous development departments of the automotive supplier. In addition to a large number of test rigs, test preparation facilities such as climatic chambers or seawater basins are also used. Furthermore, there are a variety of measuring devices for tensile and compressive strength as well as for sealing. Moreover, the work plans of the test engineers as well as the specimen must be managed. External clients often provide the latter. A lack of transparency about the availability of the various resources made the planning in the past cumbersome and error-prone, particularly in the case of extensive design verification plans (DVPs).

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Management of measurement data in motor development at DAF Trucks N.V.

Looking for an efficient solution for the management of measurement data in motor development, DAF Trucks N.V. has decided to count on openMDM®. The decisive factor was, that openMDM® is an open, manufacturer-independent software platform that enables its users to implement domain specific measurement data management solutions economically and in a forward-compatible way. In addition, the software is based on the ODS standard (Open Data Service) of the ASAM (Association for Standardisation of Automation and Measuring Systems, http://www.asam.net). The generic data model of ODS provides DAF Trucks with a reliable and at the same time flexibly expandable basis for the long-term usability and comparability of test data.

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A process example for test planning

The variety and complexity of modern vehicles cause an enormous amount of tests during the development. To cope with this large number of tests, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers operate more and more test resources of all kinds. At the same time, the demand for a more flexible planning is growing. In this situation, it is difficult for test planners to provide the necessary resources at the right time at the right place in the right state. In particular, the lack of transparency repeatedly leads to annoying, time and cost intensive allocation conflicts.

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