Automotive

Yokogawa understands the unique demands of automotive and transportation. As vehicle technology continues to advance in the areas of safety, environmental friendliness, and comfort, Yokogawa test & measurement instruments continue to evolve and advance to support the increasingly complex electronic vehicle components, systems, and innovations. Yokogawa diligently provides up-to-the-minute technologies in Body Control, Safety Systems (ABS, Airbags, Rollover Prevention), Drivetrain performance, development, ECU (Electronic Control Unit), In-Vehicle Entertainment and various others. With foresight, Yokogawa also offers measuring instruments that will lead you into the future in five key areas: Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), Fuel Cells, In-vehicle LAN, Vehicle components and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) equipment. Yokogawa also offers compliance test solutions such as CAN, the de-facto standard, and Advanced Power Analyzers, such as the SB5000 Serial Bus Analyzer with advanced functions for Flex-Ray technology, the protocol for incoming standards. These are just a few of the ways Yokogawa diligently strives to meet your evolving needs.

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Between 16 to 18% of the total charge of an electric car is consumed as electric drive system losses. Electric and hybrid car manufacturers therefore need to accurately evaluate motor and inverter control in order to achieve higher precision and greater efficiency. Additionally, the accurate analysis of inverter waveforms without interference from switching noise is a key part of evaluating the motor drive circuit.

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Using the OR trigger and Dual Capture, it is easy to trap and record failure conditions on electrical harnessses (wiring interconnects) over a long duration test.

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From R&D to manufacturing and compliance testing, measurement of powertrain efficiency, harmonic content, battery charge/discharge process and ECU communication buses not only require progressively greater accuracies but also consistency in measurement over the specified ranges and conditions.

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Range anxiety – the worry that that the battery will run out before a destination or charging point is reached – is among the major barriers for mainstream adoption of electric vehicles. As charging infrastructures still need to be improved, battery efficiency in charging and regenerative braking systems are important.

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With the increased demand in electric-hybrid vehicles, the electromechanical designs of in-vehicle systems are becoming more sophisticated and there has been shift to high efficiency brushless direct current (BLDC) motors that offer better speed vs torque characteristics, dynamic response and lifespan.

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How can I capture data from motion sensors synchronized with other analog data? The Yokogawa ScopeCorder series of instruments feature input modules and functions to make this possible. 

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How to use built-in calculations to analyze motor rotor position and find the relative angle between the rotor and sensors such as encoders or resolvers.

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The DL850 can take engineers to a new level of efficiency in the development of everything from green devices to complex advanced systems.

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Government agencies that define the standardization of energy efficiency metrics continue to be a driving force behind the development of the next generation electric vehicle powertrains. These metrics require manufacturers to have high confidence in their measurements and motivate the optimization of efficiency.

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The request for lower uncertainties in power measurements are increasing,especially in the transformer industries. Their role is to ensure that the electricity is distributed in an efficient and reliable way. 

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The Yokogawa DL850E is a waveform measuring and recording instrument with eight slots for signal conditioning and data acquisition modules. In addition to high-speed signal inputs up to 100 MHz sampling rate, the DL850E has features for real-time signal processing that provide advantages to scientists and engineers trying to observe complex systems.

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Automotive Manufacturing – Measuring for efficiency

Two key criteria for successful development and mainstream adoption of (hybrid) electric vehicles are - reliability and driving range. The lower the loss in electric systems, the longer their lifetime and the more efficient the drivetrain, the longer the driving range. But as powertrains, charging systems, infotainment and safety systems grow more sophisticated in the ear of the connected car, hybrid and electric vehicle development requires mechatronic analyses of unprecedented certainty and flexibility.

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Are you achieving the levels of accuracy you need? 

This article outlines the top reasons for inaccuracies in power measurements and how to tackle them.

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  • Validity of instrument specifications
  • External sensors and temperature effects
  • Calibrating a measurement set up

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Energy efficiency directives from bodies like International Electro technical Commission (IEC), European commission, California Energy Commission (CEC) and others govern standards across various classes of electrical, electronic and mechatronic equipment.

This infographic provides a snapshot guide for making reliable power measurements across your product development lifecycle with particular emphasis on the high accuracy needs of compliance testing. 

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More than a test tool 

Typically, a portable scope or test tool is used by an engineer to diagnose faults on a production line in real-time, or to carry out tests in a workshop. But how can faults be detected and diagnosed when they are intermittent and the engineer needs to be somewhere else? On the other hand, a portable data logger can capture lots of data, including the faults over a period of time, but requires the data to be searched and analysed later to make sense of it.

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The WTViewerE is a powerful software that supports remote analysis and control of multichannel measurements from the WT series of Yokogawa power analyzers. In addition to real-time control of remote measurements in multiple formats and customizable layouts, the latest version of the software allows any 4 Yokogawa power analyzers regardless of configuration to be synchronized for multi-unit measurements.  This allows for sophisticated computations for larger applications that may need more than one power analyzer.

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As a one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers, Triumph confirms every bike is precision-engineered to deliver a complete riding experience. To ensure higher performance and efficiency of the motorcycle powertrain, Triumph test their engines under rigorous conditions, measuring and analyzing a vast array of parameters under varying conditions, from sensors configured and positioned all around a bike. 

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In this customer case story, Reiner Schultheiss; electrical engineer at Michelin tire manufacturing, reflects on his time with the company and explains how the portable Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder was welcomed to Michelin and how it ensures quality at the tire manufacturing process. In this customer case story, Reiner Schultheiss; electrical engineer at Michelin tire manufacturing, reflects on his time with the company and explains how the portable Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder was welcomed to Michelin and how it ensures quality at the tire manufacturing process. 

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