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SMT - The Softing Measurement Technology

SMT is the optimal solution for the individual requirements of test benches.

SMT combines sophisticated measurement technology with signal generation, communication, computing power and memory depth. The module family provides a whole range of physical IOs and communication interfaces in one modular system.

Areas of Application

  • Mobile measurement technology for road tests
  • Measurement data acquisition in test bench applications
  • Process monitoring
  • Application of control and regulation systems
  • Automation of component test benches
  • Test system for manufacturing tests

Advantages

  • High degree of coverage of different applications
  • Compact, rugged and 100 % suitable for use in vehicles
  • Flexibly adaptable to the relevant application
  • Uniform measurement technology and peripherals in both mobile and stationary use
  • Future-proof thanks to open and generic interfaces
  • Support of standalone use
  • Comprehensive fail-safe and onboard diagnostic functions
  • System assembly and module exchange possible at the flick of a wrist and without tools
  • Simple parameterization using transducer memory
  • All ports accessible from the front
  • Visual display of channel and module state
     

Overview
SMT - Product Family | Softing Measurement Technology –the Universal Measurement and Automation System for Mobile and Stationary Applications

System Design

The unique module concept of Softing Measurement Technology (SMT) enables optimal adaptation to the individual demands of the automotive, railway, commercial vehicle and manufacturing industries. Accuracy, sturdiness and a high level of system stability provide reliable support in all phases of test execution.

Softing Measurement Technology can be scaled to virtually any degree. Its modularity is in no way limited to measurement and communication channels. Fundamental system characteristics such as energy supply, cooling and computing power can be flexibly adapted to suit the individual use scenario. And thanks to intelligent networking possibilities, even decentral test equipment is easy to set up over large spatial distances.

At the same time, Softing Measurement Technology is geared to the best possible integration. Due to the sophisticated housing mechanism means the systems only ever grow to the minimum size required for a particular function scope.

System Modules

V12-120.4/V12-240.1 – Supply Modules (120W & 240W)

Based on a nominal 12 V input voltage, the modules provide a power for SMT systems with a maximum power consumption of 120 W (V12-120.4) or 240 W (V12-240.1).

VAC-240.1 - Supply Module (Mains Operation)

The module supplies SMT systems with a maximum power consumption of 240 W on the basis of mains operation between 110 V and 230 V. An additional feature is the integrated fan which ensures needs-oriented cooling of all components.

B12-033.1 - Buffer Modul (12V/33Wh)

The module is used to be able to continue measuring during any interruption to the on-board supply system. Furthermore, it enables measurement tests if the on-board supply system is not to be further burdened by the measurement technology.

XLL.2/XLR.2 – Fan Modules (Left & Right)

The fan modules are on the side of every SMT system. They actively cool the individual components and thus enable reliable operation over a wide environmental temperature range.

RGC-PC.2 - Controller Module for PEA Software

The Realtime Gateway Controller consists of a full-function PC as well as its connection to the internal SMT system bus. Together with the system software PEA, the RGC-PC.2 is responsible for configuring and controlling all integrated SMT modules.

LBITSTER.3 - Link Module for SMT Components

The LBITSTER.3 connects two SMT module blocks resulting in a single measurement system. This enables the spatial distribution of measurement amplifiers and communication modules without negatively impacting important system characteristics, such as the synchronicity of the measurement channels or the maximum sum sampling rate.

ICANSYS.3 - Interface for Field Bus Components

The ICANSYS.3 is a one-channel interface module for linking CAN-based measurement technology into SMT systems. In addition to the integrated CAN node, it powers the external components.

Communication Modules

ICAN.2 - Communication Module for CAN

The ICAN.2 is a 2-channel interface module for acquiring and stimulating CAN signals. It is used both for recording bus communication and for residual bus simulations.

IFLEXRAY.1 – Communication Module for FlexRay

The IFLEXRAY.1 is an interface module for recording FlexRay cluster bus communication. Both complete bus traces and the targeted acquisition of selected signals are supported.

IGPS.1 - Communication Module for GPS

The IGPS.1 is used to acquire typical GPS information such as the geographical position, current speed, acceleration and direction of movement. The receiver data is read in and processed simultaneously with other SMT signals.

ILIN.1 - Communication Module for LIN

The ILIN.1 is a 4-channel interface module for acquiring and stimulating LIN signals. Each individual node can be used as LIN master, LIN slave and for bus monitoring.

Physical IOs

AS08.1 - Output Module for Analog Voltages

The AS08.1 adds electric outputs to the measurement data acquisition system. Analog voltages and currents as well as frequency and PWM signals can be output.

MA08.2/MS08.2 – Amplifier for Analog Voltages

The MS08.2 is used to acquire up to eight electrical voltages, currents or IEPE sensors. The MA08.2 provides an additional flexible voltage supply per measurement channel and thus supports a large number of standard transducers.

MB08.1 – Amplifier for Bridges

Using the bridge amplifier MB08.1, up to eight ohmic and piezoresistive full and half bridges can be acquired. Every channel can be adapted individually and flexibly to the specific measuring bridge.

MD04.1 – Amplifier for Frequency Signals

To be able to cover as many applications as possible, each channel has flexibly configurable signal conditioning with up to three tracks. This supports the acquisition of frequency and PWM signals as well as counter applications.

MD32.1 - I/O Module for Digital Signals

The MD32.1 has 32 digital channels which can be configured either as inputs or outputs. Furthermore, a range of different supply voltages is available which can be used, for example, to supply connected transducers.

MT20.2 – Amplifier for Thermocouples

The acquisition module MT20.2 is used to measure temperature with thermocouples (type K or other). Due to its high channel density and the galvanic isolation of the individual channels, it is particularly suitable for multi-channel applications.

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