Learn about fastATE with an example
The Pneumatic subsystem: YAV90PNE
In most ATE's, the engineer will face the need to fixture the UUT, or just push a button of the UUT as part of a test step. Typically, pneumatic actuation will be preferred, which will mean designing a pneumatic cabinet. Each engineer will typically design this cabinet in a different way, and using different bare materials (some air tubing, air filter and manual valves, a bank of electrovalves, cable ducts,...). In addition, the location of the cabinet will vary on each ATE.
To control the valves, spare I/O in the PLC or ATE controller will be needed, and code will have to be implemented!. This is a lot of work, and this is repeatable work, meaning that for every ATE designed, the same kind of solution must be thought.
The above is non-recurrent engineering, or an engineering task that is repeated on almost every project, and is typically solved in a different way every time.
To stop wasting time, a 6TL module that fits in the fastATE technology is designed, in a form of a product, so that from that moment on, every time pneumatics are needed, we will use the same product!. We turned non-recurrent engineering into recurrent engineering, that will be used for every project.
• 10 three-way pneumatic valves to directly control 10 simple or 5 double-effect cylinders
• 12 inputs for position sensors to cover typical pneumatic I/O needs
• Pressure sensor to control the air inlet pressure level
• NI LabVIEW drivers and API for all modules
• Available NI TestStand custom step types
• Test system resources monitoring with Phi6 software.