Automotive, medical technology, white goods or consumer goods—in all markets, production requirements have continued to increase in recent years. Economic pressure and the highest quality demands require both a high degree of automation and sophisticated testing technology. Often, a multitude of trades and interfaces need to be coordinated: Automation technology, testing technology, quality data acquisition and evaluation, to name just a few.
Test engineering plays a key role here, as it is largely responsible for quality—and ultimately for customer satisfaction. The increased degree of integration and miniaturization of electronic products requires complex measurement technology, such that test bench projects often consist of a large number of sub-trades:
Mechanics, electronics, software, metrology, statistics, etc. Often, communication on both technical and organizational levels is difficult and prone to errors. Different hardware and software interfaces, programming languages, CAD systems and modules from different measurement technology manufacturers have to be coordinated and navigated.