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ATE- Automated Test Equipment Services

In the dynamic world of automotive engineering, precision and efficiency are paramount to ensuring the safety and reliability of vehicles. As the complexity of automotive components and systems continues to increase, so does the demand for sophisticated testing methodologies. This is where Automated Test Equipment (ATE) steps in, revolutionizing the way automotive testing is conducted.

What is Automated Test Equipment?

Automated Test Equipment, commonly referred to as ATE, is a specialized technology used to perform a wide range of tests on automotive components and systems automatically. It streamlines the testing process by reducing manual intervention, improving accuracy, and increasing throughput. ATE is widely employed in automotive industries for functional testing, reliability testing, performance testing, and safety testing of various components such as electronic control units (ECUs), sensors, actuators, infotainment systems, and more.

 

An automated tester is a used for designing, developing, and implementing test sequences. relying on automated testers, automotive manufacturers can significantly reduce human errors, accelerate testing cycles, and ultimately bring products to market faster. Aerospace and defense lifesaving, mission-critical, electronics used in military aircraft, ships, ground vehicles, weaponry, missile launch, radar etc , the aerospace and defense sectors are major consumers of ATE.

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Power Panel – Panel is provided with incoming protection by MCCB. Panel cooling FAN.
HMI Panel – HMI provided operation as well as display of process parameters.
Network Panel – Set of panels controlling a process including enclosure for Power components, Multiple controllers and Indicators.
PC Panel – Compact design provides interference free operation of the process. The height and layout of the panel is designed considering the ease of operation for the operator.

Accelerating Test Processes: “ATE'S ROLE IN RAPID TEST EXECUTION"

Automated Test Equipment (ATE) as we know is helpful in automating testing on a device under test (DUT) or various versions/models of the DUT which helps in producing time efficient and accurate test results. It has numerous applications in the manufacturing industry mostly in R&D and innovation setups, from evaluating a wide range of equipment for checking efficiency of modules. Major evolving trends such as EV, infotainment, climate control & safety, accelerated the demand for ATEs- Automatic Test Equipment.


Previously used mostly in the military and aerospace, ATEs (Automatic Test Equipment) are now finding applications in automotive and industrial applications as product complexities and evolving regulatory requirements. Hence, the Global ATE market is expected to grow from $6.65 billion in 2022 to $8.40 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 6%.

Role of Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) – in Rapid Test Execution

Depending on the DUT, one can use ATE (Automated Test Equipment) to conduct both simple and complex testing. ATE Equipment systematically tests various components in EV and Automotive like motors, drives, control units, powertrains that streamlines the testing process by reducing manual intervention, improving accuracy and cycle time, leading to higher throughput.


Automatic Test Equipments are widely used in automotive industries for:

 

  1. Functional Testing
  2. Reliability Testing
  3. Performance Testing
  4. Endurance Testing
  5. Safety Testing

The DUTs can be simple or complex equipment such as electronic control units (ECUs), sensors, actuators, infotainment systems, and more.
As the complexity of the DUT increases, the ATEs need to perform multiple tests in quick time leading to high end hardware and higher channel count. ATE Platforms, such as PXI and Compact RIO (cRIO), provide high-performance computing capabilities, signal conditioning, and real-time data processing.
ATE is a key component in the transition towards Industry 4.0 as. It integrates with other smart manufacturing technologies like IoT, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics to create interconnected, data-driven production environments.

Features of TMCS ATE Services

Advantages of Automated Test Systems in Automotive Industry 

Enhanced Accuracy: Automated Test Systems offer a high degree of accuracy and repeatability, ensuring consistent and reliable test results. This is especially critical when testing safety-critical components, where precision can make the difference between life and death.

Increased Throughput: ATE enables the simultaneous testing of multiple units, significantly increasing testing throughput compared to manual testing methods. This leads to faster production cycles and quicker response times to meet market demands.

Cost and Time Efficiency: Despite the initial investment, ATE proves to be cost-effective in the long run. The reduction in labor costs, minimized human error, and accelerated testing cycles translate into substantial savings for automotive manufacturers.

Flexibility and Adaptability: Automated Test Systems can be easily adapted to accommodate changes in testing requirements, making them ideal for agile development environments. Test scripts can be updated and modified swiftly, keeping up with evolving automotive technologies.

National Instruments (NI)  has advanced hardware and software solutions for Automated Test Systems for  various industries, including automotive, Aero space and defense . NI offers a wide range of modular instruments, data acquisition devices, and test management software that seamlessly integrate into ATE setups. Their hardware platforms, such as PXI (PCI e s for Instrumentation) and Compact RIO, provide high-performance computing capabilities, signal conditioning, and real-time data processing.

Additional Benefits of ATE- Automated Test Equipment:

  1. Faster and More Accurate Tests
  2. Reduction or Prevention of Data Input Errors
  3. Efficient Use of Engineering Resources
  4. Cost-efficient
  5. Modular and Scalable offering flexibility

ATE Case studies

  • ATE in Aero-Defence:

The aerospace and defense industries are significant users of Automatic Test Equipment. The demand for ATEs has gone up significantly in this area thanks to thrust on local production (Make in India program), local manufacturing by foreign OEMs, rising share of the private defense sector and increasing demand from maintenance of the old fleet.
ATE helps identify the defects, malfunctions before they are deployed in the field. In aero-defense applications, the equipments are complex and have to meet stringent performance and reliability standards. These comprehensive customized systems are created with respect to the environment and replicating the real world scenarios and conditions.
ATE-Automatic Test Systems in the defense sector play a very important role in reducing maintenance downtime and dependence on the OEMs as well as reducing maintenance costs significantly.
TMCS has placed multiple ATEs in defence installations across India. Our Automatic Test Equipments are EMI/EMC certified as per the requirement and we are happy to contribute our share in making “Make in India ” program successful.

  • ATE Equipment in Automotive:

For the transportation industry, keeping pace with evolving technology, R&D activities and regulatory requirements, translate into better and more complex production, in turn leading to demand for ATE (Automated Test Equipment).
ATEs are used extensively in quality assurance in automotive manufacturing. Automate Tester ensures that components such as sensors, electronic control units (ECUs), airbags, and infotainment systems meet the required specifications and function correctly.
As the automotive components are used at different climatic and environmental conditions, thorough checking of the critical parameters such as temperature variations and high loads, to assess their long-term reliability is important. Automatic Test Equipments help us simulate these extreme conditions and validate the product durability.
ATEs meet and exceed regulatory requirements benefiting both manufacturers and consumers.
TMCS supports auto OEMs and Tier1 suppliers in every aspect of project execution cycle starting from Design, Development, Integration, and Electromechanical set up and Software solutions. We have 60+ ATEs/ EOLs in operations across India.

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TMCS's Expertise in ATE Services

TMCS, as an NI System Integration Partner, has skilled engineers to work on the test system requirements using NI, PLC and embedded solutions thanks to 40 years of experience in this field.

TMCS has excelled and been successful in building customized Automatic Test Systems/Automatic Test Equipment by using their extensive knowledge of communication protocols on multiple hardware platforms, standardised power interfaces, environmental design, testing and approach of getting things First Time Right.

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