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Product Quality Testing (PLATO)

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High-fidelity results for accurate pass/fail and pinpoint diagnostics

Leading-edge NVH product testing technology with a worldwide reputation for delivering meaningful results day-in, day-out.

AB Dynamics has over 30-years of experience designing, deploying and supporting production testing systems where noise/vibration measurements (or signatures) are used as primary indicators of product quality.

Our supply model is based on:

  • Advice – on test machine design, sensor choice and location, data capture and analysis options
  • Product – feature-rich and robust application software
  • Services – software set-up, test proving, training
  • Support – ongoing assistance for new test set-up, result interpretation, fault-finding etc.
Nvh In Vehicle Testing
Result correlation (in-­vehicle-­to-­EOL) promotes meaningful factory based testing

Testing environments

We are best known for providing highly responsive end-of-line (EOL) test systems, but our systems also meet requirements in the following areas:

  • In-process test
  • Audit test
  • In-vehicle test
  • Exterior (pass-by) noise diagnostics
  • Durability (endurance) monitoring
  • R&D/Product development
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Add objectivity to your powertrain, power-steering and auxiliary products.

Products tested

  • Axles (front/rear, independently-suspended, beam, with/without tubes, with/without drive-shafts)
  • Transmissions (manual, automatic, automated manual, dual-clutch, CVT)
  • Transfer cases (4x4, SUV, commercial vehicle)
  • PTUs (power take-off units)
  • Differential units (4x4 front-rear)
  • Engines ('cold' & 'hot')
  • Power-steering (hydraulic, electro-hydraulic, electric)
  • Rolling-element bearings
  • Motors
  • Alternators
  • Pumps & compressor
1 3 1 Global Cooperation
Easy integration with machines from suppliers worldwide

Global Cooperation

For machine-based testing, we work with test machine providers worldwide to integrate our systems into fully-automated test facilities. Please contact us if you’re searching for a test machine supplier.

Plato Project Example
Highly interactive environment for set-up, result viewing & processing

PLATO – core NVH Measurement & Analysis Software

PLATO software forms the highly-configurable core platform for all our NVH test solutions. It:

  • structures your resources
  • defines test profiles/sequences
  • configures data capture and analysis
  • orchestrates results storage
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Intuitive 'see-what-you-hear' real-time analyses

Real-time analysis in production test mode

Swap PLATO into production test mode and it waits to receive information on the product to be tested before automatically sequencing through a test schedule defined specifically for the product model being tested.

Integrated data capture and real-time parallel processing ensures that results are available as the test progresses.

OPC (software) handshaking with test machine controllers (PLCs, PCs etc.) is a standard feature.

Nvh Hardware
Support for a wide range of dynamic sensors and National Instruments data acquisition hardware


We can recommend and supply the measurement and analysis hardware, but many customers, including machine builders, opt to source this hardware themselves to reduce costs.

  • Sensors, cables, powering/conditioning
  • Data acquisition ('DAQ') hardware (all our systems use National Instruments™ (NI) DAQ-hardware, readily available worldwide. Click here to view a list of supported NI DAQ-hardware)
  • Computers (for test stations and servers for data storage)
1 3 1 Core Plato Features

Core PLATO features:

  • Multi-channel hardware/software system solution
  • Automation with test machine controllers
  • Intuitive graphical set-up
  • Precision order-locked analysis, using a product shaft speed reference signal to synchronise data acquisition to exact shaft speed
  • Automated data capture and processing environment in addition to in-depth interactive graphing/reporting
  • Expected order and unexpected ('ghost') order grading/comparison metrics
  • Pass/fail and pinpoint diagnostics
  • High-accuracy correlations (machine based testing to in-vehicle assessments)

Add-on sub products

Extend the capabilities of your PLATO system by selecting one or more of the available add-on sub products.

Condition Monitoring of Fixed Assets


1 3 1 S1 B Duramon
  • Condition monitoring of test machines and/or products on durability test
  • Early warning system for asset health degradation
  • Popular add-on for automated test machines
  • Signal adverse trend warnings/alarms to test machine controller

Fault Analysis & Root-Cause Classification


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  • Fault analysis and classification based on 3D spectral mapping
  • Automatic fault-library building
  • Pareto view of faults detected allows resources to be focussed on real issues
  • No downtime if root cause information is not immediately available

Transmission Error & Dynamic Backlash


1 3 1 S4 Metkit
  • Transmission error, dynamic backlash and pitch-line runout measurement and analysis
  • 2-axis and 3-axis TE
  • Dynamic backlash from reverse rotations or torque flips
  • PLRO and torsional analyses from low pulse-rate encoders

Result trending & Statistical Analysis


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  • Summary result trending/statistical analysis/'BOB' and 'WOW' ID at the test station
  • Automatic update at the end of each test cycle
  • Applicable to expected order and expected event (RevKit) results
  • Trends, classical SPC and outlier (best-of-the-best and worst-of-the-worst)
  • Warnings/alarms signalled to test machine controller

Analysis Licences


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  • Run PLATO (and add-ons) on your desktop/laptop
  • Full functionality (minus ability to capture data)
  • Retrieve, review, analyse and report results
  • Free of charge when supporting a data-capture enabled system

PLATO Server & Analysis Clients


1 3 1 S30 Plato Server
  • Common storage of results from multiple PLATO-based test stations
  • Automatic result marshalling and transfer from unlimited number of test stations
  • SQL-database for summary results
  • Compressed data 'hive' for raw and processed data
  • Unlimited number of Analysis Clients for result retrieval, analysis, display and reporting
  • Software free of charge (networking and server hardware by customer)

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