Small test modules fit anywhere on vehicle -- even outside. Industrial Measurement Electronics Product Manager For decades, field-testing cars, trucks, and off-highway vehicles has been hampered by the bulk and relative delicacy of onboard test equipment. Companies building test equipment are always struggling with how to package and place the instruments so they are protected from rain, muck, grit, heat, and cold. They also have to ensure their equipment delivers accurate measurements and data densities without raising costs or lengthening the development process. For off-road equipment, the usual solution is to squeeze the equipment inside an expensive custom-built box that fits in the cab or on the operator's pad. And a maze of cabling -- one per transducer -- runs from the box. Naturally, the more complex the test program, the bigger and heavier that central box must be. In cars and light trucks, the size of the centralized test instrumentation often leads to fit and weight-distribution problems. At the extremes, the weight of the instrumentation itself affects data accuracy, especially in sports cars and race cars. A new breed of distributed, IP65-hardened onboard data-acquisition (DAQ) systems that are immune to heat, cold, liquids, and grit let test engineers place the equipment anywhere they want, inside or outside. Users report higher testing throughput, simplified wiring and cabling, faster instrumentation setup and knockdown, and lower testing costs. And problems associated with the size of centralized onboard instrumentation have disappeared altogether. Early users also report better, more complete data because it uses 20-bit resolution and 19.2-kHz electronics. The new MGCsplit module puts MGCplus electronics in a small (4 X 6 X 8-in.), 5-lb, IP65 weatherproof enclosure, giving test engineers flexibility in designing and outfitting field tests. (MGCplus is the testing standard for aircraft and vehicles in Europe and is gaining favor in the
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