The HMI graphical user interface provides numerous display and control elements. These can be used to display a vast number of strain gauge measurements, e.g. for a structural test, active control surfaces and landing gear activation on an iron bird, calculated results on a drop test, and/or control alarms on a fatigue or endurance test. The integration and synchronization of video is optionally available, as is the addition of up to three extra monitoring graphical user interfaces.
Another interesting option is imc STUDIO Monitor – it allows multiple users to simultaneously view live data at multiple computer workstations. Data can also be enhanced by meta information (e.g., online commenting) and additionally stored bythese distributed clients.
imc systems meet the industry requirements by being both rugged and compact. Furthermore, they can operate autonomously and independently of a PC. The recording and capturing of data can be synchronized to an IRIG time code and can include the display and recording of GPS, ARINC-429, Ethernet, IENA, J1587, CAN-bus, as well as other data types. The data sample rates can range from 1 Hz to 100 kHz per channel.
The use of an integrated HiL processor (Hardware in the Loop) onboard the data acquisition device with SimuLink (TM), adds real time simulation capabilities. This transforms the imc CRONOScompact platform into a powerful data acquisition and control system, capable of communicating with the avionics system controllers.
The extension of the testing of aircraft components and systems can also include wind tunnel aerodynamics, environmental chamber testing and HALT/HASS testing, with any of the three systems.
The testing of airframes, wings, rotor blades, control surfaces, landing gear, avionics, engines or propulsion units, etc., can now be performed with the same hardware and software platform, and produce the test data in the same format.
This results in a significant reduction of time and expense for setup, commissioning and calibration prior to testing. The majority of the hardware can be transferred within a facility between stations for static testing, endurance testing, and fatigue testing. In particular, the universal strain gauge amplifiers can be used for measurement of ¼, ½ & full bridge strain, pressure, force, torque, linear displacement, rotary angle, acceleration, etc. production ATP’s can also use the same hardware platform.
Further improvement of data reduction, analysis and reporting can be achieved through sharing of the calculations, data processing and graphical reports among the various departments. Repetitive data processing and reporting can be integrated seamlessly between the testing HMI (imc STUDIO) and the data analysis/report generating software (imc FAMOS), achieving a complete, automated test sequence. The raw data can be viewed by any user by means of the imc FAMOS Reader software provided for free.