Free-To-Attend Technology Demonstration Area

Day 1: Tuesday, October 22


Quality and safety in every measurement

John Sestito
Product manager
Automotive manufacturers need their products to be safe, high quality and appealing to customers. The challenges associated with these goals include finding ways to reduce costs, improve performance and validate new materials in a competitive marketplace. There is a constant quest to reduce production costs without compromising safety. A key to overcoming these challenges is to perform proper testing on materials, components and finished products from raw materials to the showroom floor. With the adoption of advanced non-contacting strain measurement technologies in material and component testing, manufacturers can fundamentally reduce test data variability to increase throughput, first-pass yield and operator safety.

IMC presents revolutionary advances in data acquisition technologies

Andrew Jesudowich
IMC Dataworks LLC
The fiber-optic CAN measurement module IMC CANSAS-FBG-T8 has specially developed fiber Bragg grating sensors (FBG) at eight optical inputs to measure temperatures in HV environments and output the results via CAN. The optical sensor technology ensures precision measurement without electrostatic and electromagnetic interference – a common issue with traditional methods. The IMC CRONOS-XT is the world’s first highly dynamic measurement system that is modularly clickable and waterproof. With a protection class of IP 67, the devices are protected against water and dust. In combination with the high shock resistance and MIL specifications, the systems can be used in the toughest conditions.

Challenges in automotive materials testing

Justin Burmeister
Chemistry manager
Applied Technical Services
The presentation will discuss the challenges in navigating specifications and requirements. This will include considerations when selecting a testing lab, technical considerations when performing the analysis, and how to interpret results.

Gain actionable insights from streamed data analytics with nCode

Kurt Munson
Engineering manager
HBM Prenscia
Bus data is increasingly used for many applications beyond its initial purpose. These applications include usage monitoring, design validation and safety improvements. Connected vehicles, for example, make bus data readily available and offer the promise of transformational information. Benefits include the ability to better design products according to actual customer usage patterns in order to reduce cost and improve reliability. However, bus data raises a number of challenges due to the quality and quantity of data. New from HBM Prenscia, nCodeDS software provides the performance and ease of use required to analyze high volumes of vehicle data.

PD and automotive networking solutions

Quintin Anderson
Co-founder and COO
Granite River Labs
For USB power delivery technology, we will discuss differences in real-world implementations between USB PD 2.0 and USB PD 3.0 PPS charging, best practices for USB Type-C charging products, and how to check signal integrity of USB cables and connector designs on PCBs. For automotive Ethernet, we will discuss automotive Ethernet standardization and implementation of test methods, including compliance test plans as specified in ISO, Interoperability test plans, device-level test plans and component-level test plans.

Utilizing objective methods for BSR (buzz, squeak, rattle) testing

Rich Byczek
Global technical director
BSR (buzz, squeak, rattle) continues to increase in importance as part of the automotive component validation process. As vehicle electrification, lightweighting and other NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) techniques are employed throughout the vehicle, these BSRs become a recurring warranty and consumer claim issue. Additionally, objective measurement methods have replaced subjective vehicle-level 'golden ear' evaluations, allowing for more effective component and subsystem evaluations. In this presentation, we address the common objective and subjective evaluation methods for measuring and assessing BSR. Test equipment, fixturing, and analytical equipment and techniques are addressed.

A road to rig development methodology for whole-vehicle RDE compliance

Dr Phil Roberts
Principal engineer
Horiba MIRA
Steve Whelan
Head of emissions systems global development
Horiba MIRA
To aid OEMs in fulfilling real driving emissions (RDE) regulation criteria across the extended boundary conditions of temperature, altitude and driving style, a road to rig (R2R) whole vehicle development, calibration and verification approach known as RDE Plus (RDE+) has been developed at Horiba MIRA. Encompassing road testing, chassis dynamometer and engine-in-the-loop (EiL) methodologies, OEMs will be able to deploy real-world driving scenarios further upstream of the vehicle and engine program with the aim of reducing development timescales and costs that will inevitably increase due to RDE regulations. Reported in the current paper is a brief introduction to the road tests followed by replication of several real RDE cycles that cover the RDE extended boundary conditions with the vehicle driven by a robot driver on the chassis dynamometer. Altitude and temperature requirements were fulfilled using a Multi-function Efficient Dynamic Altitude Simulation (MEDAS) system with driving style parameterized according to the RDE regulation parameter va_po[95] as a percentage of its limit. For all routes, there was an excellent correlation in vehicle and engine performance as well as gaseous emissions. Following the road to chassis correlation, the engine was removed from the test vehicle and installed on an engine testbed and operated across the same cycles. Again, there was an excellent correlation for road, chassis and EiL testing. Finally, the engine was tested across the extended boundary conditions utilizing the IPG CarMaker virtual toolset. Here, the physical engine, virtual vehicle, test route and driver were tested using a design of experiments (DoE) test methodology across a number of virtual RDE routes. This allowed the identification of 'worst-case' combinations of altitude, temperature and driving style for the given vehicle architecture and test route, the results of which are reported here.

How to upgrade test cells with modern and flexible DAQ solutions

Bernhard Gruber
President and CEO
Gantner Instruments
The highly dynamic and disruptive Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has provided countless industries with the ability to be more efficient, productive and cost-effective. With the advent of many new ways to communicate between devices comes the evolution of data acquisition. A digitized testing model can enable seamless communication between legacy and modern platforms, provide robust edge computing capabilities, and revolutionize the approach automation and big data. Gantner Instruments will demonstrate how easy it is to upgrade a test cell using interconnectivity and open API interfaces. Learn how to overcome the challenge of keeping up with data acquisition technologies.


Automotive Ethernet testing

Martin Gubow
Automotive and energy solution digital planner
Keysight Technologies
Curtis Donahue
Senior manager
University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory
Vehicle manufacturers are looking to automotive Ethernet as a next-generation communication bus. This presentation will introduce the testing requirements for automotive Ethernet, including current standards such as 100BASE-T1 IEEE 802.3bw. It will also discuss emerging standards such as 1000BASE-T1 IEEE 802.3bp and future variants being defined in IEEE 802.3ch and IEEE 802.3cg. Discussions will include transmitter testing, receiver testing and channel characterization.

DIAdem: a proven tool for crash test analysis

Daniel Parrott
Software product marketing manager
National Instruments
Learn why others use DIAdem to quickly analyze and generate standardized reports when evaluating vehicle safety tests. The DIAdem Crash Analysis Toolkit contains a set of proven vehicle safety test analysis functions that can be accessed interactively through DIAdem. These functions comply with various international standards such as ISO, SAE, NHTSA, FMVSS and ECE. Easily combine these functions with all the existing analysis, report generation and automation features of DIAdem to create a completely automated and standardized vehicle safety test analysis system.

Dynamic solutions for powertrain test

James Ellis
Strategic business development
Automotive powertrain testing is no longer only about motion. Join Siemens for a glimpse into the proven capabilities of the SINAMICS drives platform for solving new electrification challenges in validation and test of electric vehicle components including battery, e-transmission and motor. Learn how you can deliver more value with test stands that integrate motion and electrification in a common power and controls architecture. We will discuss challenges with controlling high-speed motor applications and how new technologies tackle these applications. See how Simcenter software combines system simulation, 3D CAE and test to help predict performance across critical attributes throughout the product lifecycle.

Non-intrusive automotive Ethernet PAM3 measurement and protocol decode techniques

Darshan Mehta
Product manager
Automotive Ethernet is full-duplex signaling. New methods for advancing PAM3 testing using signal separation provide improved protocol decode, signal quality testing and PAM3 analysis that make your job much easier. This presentation will cover the effect these new methods have on: visibility of actual data between ECU#1 and ECU#2 without disturbing the cable layout; automotive Ethernet signal integrity (eye-opening, jitter, BER) when operating in full-duplex mode; using eye diagrams for Open Alliance Signal Quality Test rather than relying on SQI values; signal quality during cranking, switching on DC motor and other auto operations.

Advanced measurement techniques for the validation of automotive signal buses

Fernando Gomez
Product marketing manager
Hioki USA Corporation
Engineers are often called upon to measure pulse signals used to output waveforms from automotive CAN/CAN FD sensors using oscilloscopes and data recorders. Examining disturbances at the edges of waveforms is essential in managing such devices. However, connecting voltage probes to high-density connectors and cable ends that are buried deep inside the hardware makes it a tricky proposition to establish reliable electrical contacts. The ability to obtain a voltage waveform from outside the cable would resolve most of these issues. This paper introduces state-of-the-art technology for acquiring AC voltage waveforms in a manner that requires no contact with metal terminals.

Calibration of sensors with digital output – how to?

Michael Mende
Product manager
Spektra GmbH
Based on the author's experiences with the calibration of accelerometers with digital output, the paper will give an overview of the challenges that we will face in a digital sensor world. What will calibration systems for such transducers look like? What do you have to consider if sensors have a ‘firmware’ that can change? How do you calculate a measurement uncertainty if the signal processing inside a sensor is a black box? What impacts will these sensors have on calibration standards like ISO 16063-21 for the calibration of accelerometers?

Day 2: Wednesday, October 23


Pressure mapping: driving automotive design innovation, from hood to trunk

Camilo Aladro
Product manager - pressure mapping division
Tekscan Inc
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, automotive design engineers and researchers must always be on the lookout for that next game-changing technological advantage to give their designs an edge over the competition. Whether it’s streamlining a production process, improving vehicle performance or addressing key safety concerns, there is one thing that all of these competitive categories have in common: interface pressure distribution. This presentation will explain how interface pressure mapping technology can be a key tool to innovate in nearly every component or compartment of vehicle design. It will also share current applications used by the world's top automotive manufacturers.

Combined climatic testing – are your sensors telling you the truth?

Milton Bos
Supervising mechanical engineer
Thermotron Industries Ltd
Thermotron engineers have been studying the behavior of various accelerometers in combined environments, and have used multiple test methods to identify inherent design constraints that can invalidate required tests. We have expanded on the ISA-RP37.2-1982 (R1995) Paragraph 6.8 documented procedure in an effort to determine the relationship between that simple test and the reality of using accelerometers beyond the limits of that test. Our findings indicate that certain combined environment defined tests have considerable jeopardy regarding their veracity. We believe it is our responsibility to make the testing industry aware of our findings.

Real driving emissions using replication test methodology and environmental simulation

Leo Breton
Technology development director
Horiba Instruments Inc
New tools are needed by OEMs and regulatory agencies to design and test vehicles that meet stringent emissions standards and fuel economy requirements, while ensuring comparable performance in the real world. A major advancement in testing solutions is presented that will allow manufacturers to calibrate and modify vehicle powertrains inside a laboratory test cell that replicates or simulates the totality of real-world factors that affect emissions and fuel economy. The same new testing solution will also allow regulators to accurately and precisely measure vehicle emissions in a laboratory environment, while real-world operation over any route and in any weather condition is ensured.

Environmental testing of alternative-fuel vehicles

Kevin Boring
Senior application engineer
Weiss Technik North America
Simulated environmental testing is an important part of product reliability for the automotive industry. With the growth of alternative-fuel resources, the testing of these vehicles creates new challenges. It becomes difficult to navigate the many new hazards that testing can bring. Making sure personnel, equipment and infrastructure are all safely guarded is key to a successful test. Environmental chambers must be equipped with exhaust ports, burst disks, gas monitoring systems and independent fire suppression. Chamber design includes reinforced doors with electrical/mechanical locks. The presentation will discuss important features and processes to consider while testing alternative-fuel vehicles in environmental testing.

Optimize ADAS/AD tests with DIL with sensor fusion test

Ram Mirwani
Director, global business development, ADAS
Konrad Technologies
Brian Cheung
Country manager, North America
As ADAS/AD functionality gain adoption slowly yet surely, the jury is still out on what type of testing and, more importantly, how much testing is required. With governmental efforts continuing, OEMs and Tier 1s continue to develop and test ADAS and AD functionality primarily using drive tests and miles on the road as de facto test methods. In this presentation, VI-grade and Konrad Technologies will discuss how simulators combined with sensor packages for ADAS/AD can be used together in a lab to robustly verify ADAS/AD functionality as a pre-step to ground-truthing with driver in the loop (DIL) with sensor fusion.

Using hybrid simulation tools to accelerate vehicle development

Thomas Stachel
Principal staff engineer
MTS Systems Corporation
Driven by the growing deployment of active systems for ADAS and autonomous vehicles, rapidly increasing vehicle complexity poses significant test and validation challenges for developers. Moreover, to achieve competitiveness, these challenges must be overcome within condensed development cycles, using fewer human resources and physical prototypes. This presentation will explore industry examples of an innovative hybrid simulation approach, proved effective by MTS and its partners, that integrates computational models, physical hardware under test and human occupants into the simulation loop to extend the advantages of lab-based testing into early-stage development, facilitating more efficient, earlier acquisition of meaningful objective and subjective data.

System solutions for Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) charging and battery test automation

Morgan Li
EV business development director
Chroma Systems Solutions Inc
Chroma provides the global automotive industry with high-precision test instrumentation and automated systems with advanced technologies, especially for use on EV/HEV-related testing such as battery, OBC and EVSE. In this presentation, Chroma will demonstrate the Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) Charger developed under SAE J2954 and provide ideas on how to emulate the characteristics of battery cells and battery modules simultaneously in one system.

NVH prototyping, target setting, evaluation and experience using a simulator

Gary Newton
Director of automotive - Americas
Brüel & Kjær
This presentation will share a groundbreaking approach that enables users to evaluate, communicate, modify and design NVH data and design decisions interactively by ‘driving’ through a virtual scenario. This is based on the market demand for a more consistent way of evaluating the NVH performance of a vehicle before you have an actual physical prototype.


Big data management in testing

Felix Mueller
Regional manager east
Ipetronik Inc
Every aspect of testing involves the collection of more data than ever before. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of additional sensors in vehicles and stationary tests. Collecting and saving data is only the beginning. With ADAS systems and ever more complex systems and networks of components, the task of evaluating the data has become the greater challenge. To address this challenge, Ipetronik offers the Measurement Data Management (MDM) system. Data from any source can be imported, processed and used to automatically generate reports to find outliers. Machine learning based on Matlab creates a powerful big data environment.

Streamlining NVH design – boosting the pass-by factory efficiency

Greg Niedermaier
Application engineer
Within the NVH-based development cycle, interior and exterior noise are usually thoroughly investigated. Customer experience requirements tend to influence interior noise considerations, and regulatory requirements direct the exterior noise emissions. It is crucial that the desired sound design and the limitations of the regulations meet. A method for streamlining the NVH aspects of the design cycle is utilizing Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme’s PAK pass-by system. The PAK pass-by system incorporates support for indoor ('simulated') and outdoor ('real') exterior noise evaluations, plus auxiliary acoustic and transfer path analyses that expand the scope of NVH characteristic awareness.

Turning routine maintenance practices into engineering data analytics

Udi Naamani
Product manager, data analytics
You are about to engage in an on-road test, focusing on meeting the test specifications: mile targets, routes and environments. However, don’t lose sight of the desired outcome: finding more issues, earlier. We will discuss how new data science methods enable the use of service data from vehicles under test to find less obvious issues. A mechanic takes a measurement to decide if a fix is needed. What happens when this reading is also collected for engineering expert analysis? We will discuss some examples such as the potential of data from routine oil changes, 'trending' tire thread or derivatives of brake-pad measurements.

Improving performance and reliability in high-humidity testing chambers

Jarkko Ruonala
Head of product management
Vaisala Inc
As test chambers continue to push the limits for high humidity and temperature standards, materials can now be evaluated in less time than ever. Although these materials only see harsh conditions once, the test system will see them repeatedly. Short calibration intervals, hysteresis and short-term drift are traditional problems for standard sensors, which means different technologies must be employed to improve performance and reduce maintenance costs. Vaisala’s advanced heating controls safeguard the sensors used in these critical measurements. A deeper dive into these challenges and technology solutions will be detailed as part of our solutions to help modernize testing chamber operations.

Emerging best practices in leak detection for automotive workshop

Glenn Fricano
Vice president, engineering
Vacuum Instruments Corporation LLC
This workshop will review commonly used leak testing methods in automotive. It will include actual examples of parts requiring leak testing, the specified leak test method, and a discussion of the alternative methods with their impact on cycle time. Leak testing methods used in automotive that will be covered include: pressure decay, pressure differential/vacuum differential, mass flow, tracer gas ambient pressure with sniffer probe, tracer gas accumulation test at ambient pressure with clamshell, tracer gas accumulation test at ambient pressure with chamber, tracer gas with hard vacuum.

NVH assessment and optimization for EVs and HEVs

Corentin Lecoq
Application engineer
Electric and hybrid vehicle development opens a new field of noise and vibration challenges. First, a quieter cabin environment, relieved from the ICE noise, lets new sources emerge. Those sources often generate low sound levels but with unworked sound design, consequently providing a poor sound experience for passengers. On its side, the main propulsion motor plays a major role in the overall sound: its vibroacoustic behavior can be assessed and improved using the appropriate technology. Globally, E-NVH requires a wide scope of dedicated skills and high-end tools, from simulation to testing.

Elevate your measurement with double sensitivity

Jennifer MacDonell
Product director, MEMS
Accelerometers have been used for decades to make important auto safety measurements. Recently, the importance of damping for accurate data in frequency-rich environments has become better understood. Endevco’s multi-mode gas-damped accelerometers have brought the benefits of damping to auto safety applications without the downsides of limited frequency response or temperature-dependent damping. This year, Endevco has added the enhancement of high sensitivity to its existing multi-mode damped line, for double the output and outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, with no sacrifice in range or ruggedness. This paper describes the advantages of 600mV full-scale output and presents supporting evidence.

Using multi-DUT automated accelerometer calibrations to increase throughput and productivity

Craig Aszkler
Director of business development
MB Dynamics Inc
Within crash test and automotive safety test lab environments, where larger volumes of piezoresistive accelerometers are in use, more frequent recalibrations can help to maintain test data integrity while improving metrology center throughput and productivity. Learn how the Win475 MULTI-DUT CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system can provide a 70% time savings over single-DUT methods, by facilitating simultaneous calibrations of up to eight piezoresistive accelerometers of the same model and type, from 10Hz to 4,000Hz, complying with SAEJ211, SAE2570 and other global automotive test standards, as well as automated single-DUT calibrations of piezoelectric, IEPE, voltage and velocity sensors from 5Hz to 15kHz.

Day 3: Thursday, October 24


Efficient temperature cycling for fluid components

Anthony Khoraych
The test procedures for validating the durability of the electrified automotive fluid components originated from the electronics industry. The traditional approach has been the use of thermal chambers to create the desired ambient conditions for temperature/humidity and chillers to condition the fluid (oil/coolant). This results in an inefficient solution, with multiple generic (and expensive) pieces of equipment attempting to meet the demanding requirements and taking up valuable floor space. ATA Horai technology enables an integrated test and temperature conditioning system designed to meet component test standards in a smaller, more efficient solution.

Cloud native test automation makes vehicle electronics testing easier

Pete Staples
Blue Clover Devices
Vehicle electronics testing is increasingly important as the auto industry embraces autonomous, connected, electric and shared models. This presents a challenge because the design engineers are often disconnected from the people on the production line. This leads to a substantial amount of time required to set up testing, diagnose problems and keep accurate test records. Compounding the challenge, test automation has historically been very expensive. But there’s a new, more cost-effective solution that involves leveraging open-source software, cloud-native infrastructure and off-the-shelf hardware to do robust test automation for about one-tenth the cost of competing methods.

FLIR’s infrared solutions for the automotive industry

Taimen Taylor
Science segment engineer
FLIR Systems
More than 600,000 cars on the road carry the FLIR Automotive Development Kit (ADK) for driver warning systems, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance systems. These infrared-based systems rely on heat, allowing them to see four times further without being obstructed by smoke, sun glare or fog. FLIR’s remote sensing technology is also assisting in the development, testing and repair of fuel cells; thermal runaway event studies; laser weld monitoring and quality inspection; and much more. As a solutions provider, FLIR is focused on developing tools and equipment to meet the demanding needs of the automotive industry.

Mahle Nanokernel

Mohan Sethi
Product development
Mahle Service Solutions
Mahle’s Nanokernel is designed to support telematics and IoT diagnostics operations. It has an extremely small footprint and is able to run on non-RTOS devices. Built for memory-resource-constrained solutions, it leverages Mahle’s vehicle diagnostic platform for faster vehicle validation.

How climatic testing and today’s environmental chambers can speed up R&D

Ben Hensler
Senior vice president
The automobile is undergoing tremendous disruption. Sophisticated electronics lie at the heart of innovation behind autonomous vehicles, e-mobility and the connected car. Climatic testing of component parts embedded in today’s vehicles must withstand temperature and humidity extremes. This session will explore new chamber technologies and why the same precision and reliability required in aerospace and defense applications must be applied to the automotive industry. The session will examine concepts like new touchscreen controller capabilities, refrigeration system advances and software/firmware updates that have the power to ensure automotive product safety, speed up product time-to-market, and improve long-term product durability and service life.

Comparing tests – industry-standard vs. real-world data

Jade Vande Kamp
Training and education coordinator
Vibration Research Corporation
Industry-standard vibration tests are used by hundreds of labs to test thousands of products every year. But how closely do they duplicate the real-world operational environment of those products? This presentation will outline a process for establishing a valid, meaningful comparison between real-world data and an industry-standard test specification. Beginning with a recorded time history file, then using power spectral density and fatigue damage spectrum calculations, a test will be developed replicating a product lifetime of damage. The final section compares this generated test with an industry-standard test, drawing interesting conclusions.

Next-generation non-contact strain and displacement sensor technologies

Jonathan Pickworth
Trilion Quality Systems - GOM Certified Partner
3D DIC and point tracking provide the ability to measure non-contact 3D coordinates, displacements and strains of materials and structures. This unique capability allows the equipment to be used for rapid full-field measurements from material characterization to full component testing, providing the equivalent of the results of over 10,000 contiguous strain gauges or displacement sensors. This technique is now recognized and certified as equivalent to standard mechanical testing tools. 3D DIC is used across industries to improve the quality and accuracy of the data collected to best understand the mechanical behaviors of components or validate FEA models.

Electrical transients on power bus mitigation to protect sensitive electronics

Scott Carlson
Senior EMC engineer
National Technical Systems
Ryan Woods
EMC technician
National Technical Systems
The presentation will make a practical comparison of protection methods for sensitive electronics connected to the automotive power bus. This will be a demonstration of the transients specified in ISO 7637-2 and ISO 16750-2 applied to various protection circuits and measuring the amplitude of the transient that escapes past the protection circuits into the sensitive electronics. The protection circuits will be made and designed with components readily available from any electronics supplier.
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change







Future show: Automotive Testing Expo, Novi, Michigan 2020, October 27-29, 2020, Halls A, B & C, Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA (provisional)