Application: To develop a test bed to study the
hysteresis in engine thermostats and to produce a batch production
quality control system to check that the thermostats manufactured
always open and close at the required temperature.
Brief: We were approached by a major thermostat
manufacturer to develop a system to measure the movement in a car
thermostat over a wide temperature range, and to develop a special
host PC software program to control and interpret the results.
Grant's skill and technology: Our knowledge of
wide-range temperature control from -50 to 450ºC, coupled with our
data acquisition experience and host PC software and sensor
technology, all integrated into a single system.
The outcome: We have designed, developed and
tested both hardware and a unique software program. The units have
gone into limited production for manufacturing plants in both the
UK and India.