OPAL-RT & Pickering Interfaces, Global Partners for all HIL Testing Needs

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OPAL-RT is working with expert partners in order to deliver world-class solutions to its customers. By forging strong relationships with key technology leaders, OPAL-RT is able to speed up innovation, ensuring that our solutions are on the leading edge. The company’s unique technological approach integrates parallel, distributed computing with commercial-off-the-shelf technologies. Therefore, OPAL-RT's products and solutions support several third-party I/O modules. 

Pickering Interfaces is one of OPAL-RT’s trusted hardware partners. Pickering Interfaces offer signal switching and conditioning for a broad range of applications and architectures, with the largest range of switching cards in the industry for PXI, LXI, PCI, VXI and GPIB applications. OPAL-RT offers a selection of Pickering cards in its range of automotive and aerospace products. These cards are particularly relevant to systems integrating Fault Insertion Units (FIUs), relay cards and Resistive Sensor Modules (RSMs). Pickering also offers high-precision cell emulators for Battery Management Systems (BMSs).

Pickering-OPAL-RT - Break Out Box for improving HIL fault insertion testingThe two companies are teaming together to improve how Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) Fault Insertion testing works. “We are working together to make this portion of the OPAL-RT test system more flexible and more cost effective. Pickering Interfaces’ concept will combine a Break Out Box (BOB) and Fault Insertion Unit into one unit. This will simplify cabling and potentially save rack space. Pickering will also add many more options in terms of channel count, current capability, and number of fault busses. In addition, programmable resistance will also be an option.” says Bob Stasonis, Americas and Asia Sales & Marketing Director, from Pickering Interfaces. 

By integrating commercial-off-the-shelf technologies to its systems, OPAL-RT is able to reduce the cost of ownership”, says Alexandre Leboeuf, Integration team leader at OPAL-RT. “Another strength of OPAL-RT’s systems is their scalability. Each system can contain several FIU modules. OPAL-RT plays a transverse role as both designer and integrator, creating endless combinations.” 

Pickering is a proud sponsor of RT14 conference on real-time simulation technologies. During Pickering Interfaces’ presentation at RT14, the attendees will learn about Pickering Interfaces’ history as well as their current signal switching and instrumentation offerings in the Test & Measurement industry.  They will then discuss their present design direction of the BOB/FIU unit and look at the planned benefits of this new design. 

Bob Stasonis will present on “HIL System and ECU Testing with Fault-insertion Unit” at RT14 on Wednesday June 11, 2014

Register now: http://www.opal-rt.com/realtime2014/ 

About Pickering Interfaces
Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation. We offer the largest range of switching cards in the industry for PXI, LXI, PCI and GPIB applications as well as a full range of supporting cables and connectors. Pickering’s products are specified in test systems installed throughout the world and have a reputation for providing excellent reliability and value. Pickering Interfaces operates globally with direct operations in the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, and engineering support in China, together with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. We currently serve the automotive, aerospace & defense, power generation, energy and commercial electronics industries.


Founded in 1997 with the goal of “democratizing real-time simulation", OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is the leading developer of open Real-Time Digital Simulators and Hardware-in-the-Loop testing equipment for electrical, electro-mechanical and power electronic systems. OPAL-RT simulators are used by engineers and researchers at leading manufacturers, utilities, universities and research centres around the world. OPAL-RT 's unique technological approach integrates parallel, distributed computing with commercial-off-the-shelf technologies. The company's core software, RT-LAB, enables users to rapidly develop models suitable for Real-Time Simulation, while minimizing initial investment and their cost of ownership.