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The abrasion of cutters on CNC machine tools will directly affect the quality of workpieces as wear pro-gresses. This application note discusses how to use the “imc real-time vibration monitoring system” for real-time inspection and analysis of cutter dynamic performance, and make evaluations and predictions to improve and optimize the cutter.

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This application note discusses the solution used for the detection of acoustic emissions of surface and underwater vessels by means of the “Autonomous Acoustic Measurement System” (Sistema Autonomo per Rilievi Acustici, SARA). Activities were carried out by the Italian Navy at the Naval Experimentation and Support Centre (Centro di Supporto e Sperimentazione Navale, CSSN) of La Spezia.

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The world's first IEC 61400 certificate for a vertical wind turbine has recently been given by TÜV Rheinland to Directtech GmbH. As part of the certification of the Windtracker turbine, all relevant safety requirements and loads on the wind turbine were tested. The verification and data analysis of the field measurements were carried out by the accredited company Windtest Grevenbroich. For performing the measurement tasks within the scope of small-scale wind turbine certification, Windtest used measurement sys-tems from imc.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion relies on imc measurement solutions

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Testing and certification of high-speed trains

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Read more about the application of the imc data acquisition system used during the flight test sessions of the ultra-light helicopter manufactured by CURTI Costruzioni Meccaniche Spa.

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Refrigerator units used in supermarkets, delis and shops are designed to keep perishable products at safe temperatures. To ensure that their refrigerators are performing within the scope of the ISO standards, the Dutch company Smeva enlisted the expertise from imc Benelux to come up with an optimal testing solution using imc products.

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“Fleets Go Green” is a project designed to analyze and evaluate the efficiency of electric vehicles in everyday use with a factory fleet as the test subjects. imc Test & Measurement GmbH is participating in this research project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The research results will form the basis for the decision to convert regular vehicle fleets to electric cars in the future.

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For the commissioning tests of the new sky train, PROSE AG focused on the diversity of the measurement solutions offered by imc Test & Measurement GmbH.

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The test department from Evektor has chosen imc measurement systems for durability testing on the new aircraft design of the twin engine turboprop “EV-55 Outback".

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Test stand for Electronic Control Units (ECU)

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Testing with imc systems on fast patrol boats and government vessels

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For the winglet component test stands FACC and CoLT have chosen test and measurement solutions from imc Test & Measurement GmbH.

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Sports tires get tested with imc measurement systems.

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When it comes to equipping their buses with test and measurement systems for road testing, VDL relies on imc. Mobile data acquisition on the VDL city buses is performed using the imc BUSDAQ-2-ET as well as imc CANSAS-INC and -SCI systems.

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The inspection body of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is specialized in the area of brake system testing on railway vehicles. For carrying out their tests on a steep-grade track section with critical adhesion conditions, the inspectors chose the LUXACT speed sensor to obtain slip-free distance and speed signals.

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Acoustic testing on ship gearboxes - read the application note

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As a world leader in the field of machine tools and industrial laser systems, optimization through continuous testing processes plays a crucial role at the TRUMPF Group. The constant development of machinery, improving power consumption and achieving higher speeds with absolute precision requires testing with the most advanced tools available. Since 2004, TRUMPF has relied on integrated solutions from imc Test & Measurement GmbH.

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Ensuring safety on bridges with imc measurement systems.

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The Czech aircraft manufacturer LET ‐ Aircraft Industries (formerly LET Kunovice) specializes in small passenger aircraft and gliders. For each new market adjustment, that is, after refitting or retrofitting the aircraft, the manufacturer must perform recertification.

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Optimized powertrain topology and design are essential for achieving progressive development of electric vehicles. On behalf of the Fraunhofer Institute (IFAM Bremen), imc Test & Measurement GmbH has developed a test station with two testing tracks and an integrated simulation solution, enabling the development and testing of new components for and models of electric motor powertrains.

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The SBB has developed stationary wheel-load checkpoints that can automatically acquire key data from a passing train in real time. With the help from imc, these checkpoints are equipped with high-precision strain gauge bridge amplifiers, as well as an industrial PC according to customer specifications.The system is designed to acquire safety-relevant load data, such as axle overloading and cargo shifting. It also recognizes flat spots on the wheels.

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“Formula Student Germany” is a design and engineering competition that brings together scientific and academic theory of technical colleges and universities with practical experience on a real race track.During a year’s time, the students design and build their own race car that has to comply with a set of competition rules.The German team from the Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten was supported by imc Test & Measurement GmbH with one of their imc CANSAS-L-DCB8 modules. This measurement module was used to determine and investigate forces and strain that the car's suspension system was subjected to under real race conditions.

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Stability tests of ships, harbors & oil platforms in waves

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In the area of in-field testing of agricultural equipment, imc has developed a stand-alone measurement solution with automatic remote monitoring. This significantly reduces the time required for development and product approval, provides higher quality data and reduces travel and personnel expenses.

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For the firm Ingenieurgruppe Bauen, headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, we have integrated two standard elements - an imc measurement device and the evaluation software imc FAMOS - into an overall solution to achieve the goal of automated vibration analysis in buildings and structures.

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Service and maintenance departments in power plants all over the world are faced with difficult tasks in relation to their measurement systems. Above all, solutions must be implemented for mobile use and as many different signals as possible must be acquired and measured with one measurement device.imc Test & Measurement GmbH has developed its innovative and compact imc measurement system case especially for this area of application.

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For quite some time now, interior noise in cars has been getting quieter. The once dominant sound of the internal combustion engine is now in the background, and other noise sources have moved to the forefront. Due to their high RPM, alternators contribute up to 40% of this total noise inside the vehicle. In order that this noise doesn't become to dominantor disturbing, imc automated the entire test sequence. The system consists of a modular imc measurementsystem and customized software based on the imc STUDIO software platform.

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In the modern development of hand-held power tools, the measurement of frequencies and vibrations that can be harmful to humans, as well as determining resonances in rotating tools, plays an increasingly important role.On the one hand, it is a matter of fulfilling the EU Standard “Noise and Vibration Regulations” (standard measurement procedure according to EN ISO 5349-1/2). On the other hand, it is of great importance to identify weak points in the tool at an early stage by means of order tracking and thus eliminate them easily.

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How can a continuous evaluation and analysis of the functionality and safety of an energy supply network be achieved with a standard software and intelligent measurement devices from imc?

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The Solar Team Twente, a team of students of the Saxion Poly Technical College and of the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) took part in this event. Together they constructed the 'Twente One' as they called their solar vehicle. With new regulations for the 2007 event, they went for a completely new and innovative design. Not only mechanically, but also electrically and electronically the Solar Team Twente uses the newest technology. The heart of the electronics featured an imc C-SERIES intelligent data logger.

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Together with the company Grimme, imc has developed a solution for automated, wireless measurement data acquisition on harvesting machines in field trials. Measurement and status information is transmitted via a private mobile radio network and made available to the test engineers via an Internet platform in real time.

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Stationary and mobile testing go hand in hand in the development of modern automotive technology. Up to now, the conversion of the test vehicle was a significant obstacle when changing between mobile and stationary testing.The aim was to implement a modern data logger system that combines the requirements of mobile and stationary testing.

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As engines become quieter, certain vehicle components are becoming perceivable which were previously drowned out by engine noise. For this reason, acoustic measurement now faces new challenges.

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For testing in the early development phase, measurement systems are united with real-time simulation and functions or components that are not available or are substituted by simulation models. This demands a comprehensive solution to measurement, control, regulation and simulation.

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For too long, many manufacturers of measurement instruments have been trying to persuade the users that measurement is something complicated and that before performing one’s measurement tasks, it was necessary to be retrained to program with graphical programming languages.

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Finding efficient solutions for the specific requirements of railway technologies is of decisive importance for the manufacturers of railway vehicles. Safety issues play as much of a role as passenger comfort, speed and economic factors.

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Wind energy installations need to operate reliably over many years in order to be productive and redeem costs. Along with the expert knowledge of developers and engineers, test measurements are crucial for disturbance-free operation of an installation in the long run.

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