Validation testing is often needed when extensive design updates are made to the vehicle system. In these cases, all important vehicle parameters are tested under a wide range of operating conditions. The following example shows how such tests are performed on forklifts that incorporated new engine options.
Vehicle manufacturers are constantly developing their products in order to offer the benefits of the latest innovations to their customers. The forklift manufacturer, Linde Material Handling, integrated new gas and diesel engines into the latest generation of forklifts for load capacities up to 2,000 kg and up to 5,000 kg. The necessary design adjustments for the engine integration and subsequent functional validation were contracted to the engineering service provider EDAG Engineering.
Fot the integration of the new enginges, changes had to be made to the hose routing and the electrical system. The comprehensive functional validation of the overall system is intended to ensure that the requirements for type approval (ECE homologation) are met. Without a successful verification, approval for production of the new generation of forklifts will not be granted.
Measurement of temperature, pressure, flow rate, current and voltage, for type approval after successful engine integration.
In order to validate the performance of the system, numerous tests are carried out under a wide range of conditions, such as in a climatic chamber, at high altitude in the Alps, and also on the EDAG test track. Various performance characteristics were measured:
The EDAG team needed a measurement system that was flexible and scalable in multiple ways. Due to the large number and different types of tests to be performed, the measurement system had to be capable of being rapidly moved and re-used from one test to another. In addition, the measurement technology needed to be robust and compact in order to be installed within the limited space available in a forklift.
The system needed to obtain data from ECUs simultaneously via the CAN bus.
With the Vector-CSM measurement system, functional verification can be carried out quickly and easily after new engine integration. An additional advantage is the simple integration of data from the ECUs.
We particularly liked the compact size and flexibility of the measurement technology products from CSM, which allows for easy scalability. It is also very helpful for us that the modules can be networked via the CAN bus and are easily integrated into the Vector Informatik software that we use.Thomas Schenk - Team Leader GFA - NVH - Measurement Technology, EDAG Engineering GmbH
We would like to thank the EDAG team for the good cooperation in this project.
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