EV test specialist Intertek relies on Yokogawa power analyzer to provide in depth analysis of power train performance

Amersfoort, the Netherlands                  Yokogawa Europe

May, 2nd 2023




EV test specialist Intertek relies on Yokogawa power analyzer to provide in depth analysis of power train performance


The manufacturers of electric vehicles (EVs) are constantly pushing the boundaries of performance. Whether in racing cars or the everyday vehicles that consumers rely on, EV technology needs to demonstrate high efficiency, maximum range between charges, reliability and high dynamic performance. By showing that EVs can offer the same advantages and specification to drivers that conventional vehicles can, manufacturers can secure the future of a technology that is a major building block of a more sustainable society. To instil confidence in consumers, manufacturers need the assistance of specialist companies who can  help them test and refine the designs of electric motors, drivetrains, batteries and control systems.

Such a company is Intertek. At its EV Testing Centre of Excellence in Milton Keynes, UK, Intertek plays a crucial role in the industry’s efforts to develop new generations of technology, for road going vehicles and for Formula E racing cars. Its work can include tests of electric racing vehicles which can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 2.8s and reach a top speed of 280km/h.


To meet the demands of its testing regime, Intertek needs measurement solutions that can achieve three requirements. The solution needs to be able to measure motors rotating at very high speeds; be easy to use and so ensure maximum productivity for testing staff; and allow rapid integration with Intertek’s LabVIEW test platform.

The solution chosen by Intertek is the Yokogawa WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer. Its high resolution, 10.1” display enables split screen viewing of up to eighteen waveforms and can display up to 12 pages of various measurement parameters, making it ideal for efficiency tests of inverter-driven motors and electric vehicles.

Intertek uses its WT5000 to achieve traceable measurement of high-speed power signals. Particular needs include the measurement of high-speed motors rotating at up to 27,000rpm, enabled by the unit’s maximum sampling rate of 10 MS/s. Intertek’s WT5000 units also perform high-frequency harmonic analysis up to the 500th order, providing side-by-side comparison of harmonics from two different input sources. Full traceability of these measurements is ensured by calibration of the WT5000s conducted at Yokogawa’s ISO/IEC17025-accredited (RvA K164) European Standards Laboratory in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

The WT5000 provides ease of use and high productivity, notably the ability of the instrument to perform complex efficiency calculations. Intertek test engineer Raju Rajaneethan says: ‘The efficiency map calculations in the WT5000 save us a lot of time. We now go directly from the torque transducer straight to the Yokogawa unit, and both speed and torque measurements are read directly from the WT5000. Previously we would have done these calculations for efficiency manually. This is a huge boost to the team’s productivity.’

The WT5000 also brings easy integration into test cells, which are continually reconfigured for new customer applications. A WT5000 plug-in for Intertek’s LabVIEW platform allows easy integration into the data acquisition and control system. Key benefits of the WT5000 include its high reliability. With a guaranteed accuracy of ±0.03%, harmonic comparisons up to the 500th order, and custom computations, the WT5000 produces multi-channel measurements which the user can trust.

The WT5000 is also extremely versatile, featuring seven slots for user-swappable input elements, diverse mainframe options, and simultaneous evaluation of up to four motors. This enables the user to expand or reconfigure the instrument as applications and needs change, while raw data can also be streamed to a PC for detailed analysis.

With a full touchscreen, supported by hardware hotkeys and powerful software for remote measurements, the WT5000 makes connecting, configuring, and measuring power easier than ever.

The features and performance of the WT5000 are also backed up by outstanding customer service from Yokogawa representatives based in the UK. Ben Mitchell, Senior EV Test Engineer at Intertek, says: ‘The customer service from Yokogawa has been really good. The Yokogawa people are always available – we can call or text them, and they will respond straight away. Even if our direct contact does not know the answer to our question, they are really good at finding the right person who can give us a helpful answer.’

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About Yokogawa Test&Measurement

Yokogawa has been developing measurement solutions for 100 years, consistently finding new ways to give R&D teams the tools they need to gain the best insights from their measurement strategies. The company has pioneered accurate power measurement throughout its history and is the market leader in digital power analyzers.

Yokogawa instruments are renowned for maintaining high levels of precision and for continuing to deliver value for far longer than the typical shelf-life of such equipment. Yokogawa believes that precise and effective measurement lies at the heart of successful innovation - and has focused its own R&D on providing the tools that researchers and engineers need to address challenges great and small.

Yokogawa takes pride in its reputation for quality, both in the products it delivers - often adding new features in response to specific client requests - and the level of service and advice provided to clients, helping to devise measurement strategies for even the most challenging environments.

The guaranteed accuracy and precision of Yokogawa's instruments results from the fact that Yokogawa has its own European standards laboratory at its European headquarters in The Netherlands. This facility is the only industrial (i.e. non-government or national) organisation in the world to offer accredited power calibration, at frequencies up to 100 kHz. ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates the international competence of the laboratory.


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About Yokogawa

Yokogawa provides advanced solutions in the areas of measurement, control, and information to customers across a broad range of industries, including energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and food. Yokogawa addresses customer issues regarding the optimization of production, assets, and the supply chain with the effective application of digital technologies, enabling the transition to autonomous operations.

Founded in Tokyo in 1915, Yokogawa continues to work toward a sustainable society through its 17,500 employees in a global network of 119 companies spanning 61 countries.

For more information, please visit www.yokogawa.com.

For further information please contact:


Kelvin Hagebeuk

Marketing Manager - Test & Measurement

Yokogawa Europe BV

Euroweg 2

3825 HD Amersfoort

The Netherlands


Tel: +31 (0) 88 464 1803

Email:  kelvin.hagebeuk@nl.yokogawa.com




Dawn White

Napier Group

Tel : +44 (0) 1799 542858

Email : dawn@napierb2b.com




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