Already since 2003, FORD has been testing the performance of its cars’ HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) using imc CRONOS systems. Toward this end, up to 300 analog measurement channels, mainly thermocouples, are set up throughout the vehicle. Once equipped with their sensors, the vehicles are sent to the wind tunnel (test rig) or on a test drive. The test vehicles and their sensor equipment are either exposed to winter proving trials where they are cooled down to -40°C or are heated up to 80° for summer proving trials.
Eliminating re-tooling time
FORD enjoys the convenience and time savings provided by the ability to connect the test drive vehicles via Ethernet directly to the test rig instrumentation. All connected measurement channels can be visualized and saved directly at the PC.