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Dynamometer Automation App Note #017

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Dynamometer Automation — Application:

A major manufacturer of dynamometers has standardized on the


PowerDNA cube as the I/O system used to monitor and control
their large dynos. The dynamometers are sold to customers world-
operating systems. The PowerDNA products used in a typical system
include:

wide and are used in a wide variety of automotive, aircraft and rail- Product Description / Usage
road applications testing both engine performance as well as brake DNA-PPC8 6 slot, PowerDNA Cube
performance.
DNA-AI-207 18-bit analog input boards are used for temperature
and general voltage measurements
Previous systems had been based on shipping a dynamometer to
the customer site in two pieces, the mechanical “machine” and the DNA-AI-201-100 16-bit, 100 ksample/second analog input boards are
used for high speed analog inputs
control racks. Company installation technicians then placed the
DNA-CT-601 8-channel counter timer boards are used as counters
dyno and the control racks in place and went through the tedious to monitor the quadrature encoder input signals.
and time consuming task of connecting the hundreds of control and
DNA-QUAD-604 4-channel quadrature encoder input boards are used
monitoring wires between the control rack and the dynamometer. to monitor various rotational aspects.
DNA-AO-308 16-bit analog output boards are used to control vari-
The PowerDNA’s combination of high density I/O, combined with its ous actuators
environmental ruggedness allows the entire I/O system to be mount- DNA-DIO-403 48-bit digital I/O boards are used to monitor limit
ed directly on the dynamometer. In the new configuration, when the switches and control relays.
units are installed at a customer facility, the dyno is installed and the
host computer is placed in the control room. The field technicians
then need only connect power, and Ethernet to the dynamometer.

The application was developed in C, and run on standard Windows

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Dynamometer Automation — UEI Products Used:

DNA-AI-207: DNA-QUAD-604:
18-bit analog input boards are 4-channel quadrature encoder
used for temperature and general input boards are used to monitor
voltage measurements various rotational aspects.

DNA-AI-201-100: DNA-AO-308:
16-bit, 100 ksample/second 16-bit analog output boards are
analog input boards are used for used to control various actuators
high speed analog inputs

DNA-PPC8

The PowerDNA® (Distributed Networked DNA-CT-601: DNA-DIO-403:


Automation) Cube is a compact, rugged, 8-channel counter timer boards 48-bit digital I/O boards are used
Ethernet based DAQ interface. Its flexibility are used as counters to monitor to monitor limit switches and
allows you to configure one or more cubes to the quadrature encoder input control relays.
match the specific I/O requirements of your
application.

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