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Simulating the Real World – Using Programmable Resistors for Sensor Simulation in Test

Available On Demand Until August 22, 2019

Virtually all electronic control units (ECUs) used in transportation – this could be for engine control, Active Safety, or even climate control – employ various types of sensors to assess the environment they are working in, so they can make informed decisions on what functions to perform. These sensors monitor parameters such as temperature, humidity, altitude, or deceleration in the unfortunate case of a crash. The integrity of these sensors assures a safe journey, low emissions and a comfortable cabin.

When testing the individual control units, it is necessary to simulate the sensors that make the particular measurements required. Fortunately, most of these sensors are resistive in nature, and there are choices available to automate this portion of your test program. Automated sensor simulation using programmable resistors improves repeatability, reduce test times, and ultimately lower the cost of test.


This webinar will review the types of programmable resistor modules that are commercially available. We will review the basic construction, how to select the correct modules, and look at some applications where sensor simulation is an integral part of the adopted test strategies.


Test Engineers who are working on applications requiring simulation of an ECU’s operating environment will benefit from attending this webinar.



Speaker:


Paul Bovingdon, Simulation Product Manager for Pickering Interfaces

Paul has held design engineering and product management roles at Pickering Interfaces since 2006. He is based at the company’s headquarters in the UK. Paul holds a BSc in Physics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Paul is also a member of the IOP (Institute of Physics) and the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).


Bob Stasonis, Director of Sales & Marketing, Pickering Interfaces

Bob Stasonis is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Pickering Interfaces, a market innovator in signal switching and conditioning for a broad range of applications and industries.  He has contributed to and written numerous papers and articles on the subject of Electronic Test. 
Over the last 35+ years, Bob has held Technical, Sales & Marketing positions with Teradyne, GenRad, and Schlumberger. Bob is a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the PXI Systems Alliance as well as a Board Member of the LXI Consortium, as well as past VP of Marketing for the American Society of Test Engineers.


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