Pickering & OPAL-RT partner for New Modular Breakout System for HIL applications

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November 2, 2015 – National Harbor, Maryland -- Pickering Interfaces, a leading supplier of modular signal switching for electronic test and simulation, and OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, a leading developer of real-time digital simulators and Hardware-In-the-Loop testing equipment are pleased to announce their partnership for Pickering’s new Modular Breakout System.

Modular Breakout System for Hardware-in-the-Loop applicationsPickering Interfaces, in partnership with OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, have designed a low-cost Modular Breakout System that combines OPAL-RT’s Breakout Box (BoB) feature set with added flexibility and Pickering’s Fault Insertion Unit (FIU) chassis. By mating the FIU chassis directly to the BoB, cabling is minimized, creating a more compact reliable design and improving signal integrity. All cables to the simulation system and the Unit Under Test (UUT) are located behind the front panel of the Modular Breakout System creating a simpler front panel that is less prone to damage. 

Traditional Hardware-in-the Loop (HIL) simulation testing features signal switching for the purpose of injecting faults into a UUT. To make manual measurements and induce a fault manually prior to writing test code, a BoB needs to be added. The majority of the BoBs and FIU systems available today are not modular and are fixed in configuration, creating a test solution that is not often ideal. Additionally, they have cable configurations that are cumbersome and in many cases expensive. This new Breakout System alleviates many of these problems. 

But the most interesting feature of this product is its powerful integration of Pickering’s wide range of fault insertion modules and programmable resistors into the same test unit. So combining the variable resistance module, fault insertion modules and the like provide the means to have in a single package one of the most complete automated test platforms on the market. This platform once mated with OPAL-RT’s simulation capability provides an integrated solution that helps test engineers implement their test plans faster and more accurately. 

Pickering and OPAL-RT will be showcasing this new product at IEEE AUTOTESTCON (www.autotestcon.com) in Booth 203, November 3 - 5 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, USA. Visit us for a live demonstration. More details on the offer can be found on Pickering’s website at www.pickeringtest.com


OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is the world leader in the development of PC/FPGA Based Real-Time Digital Simulators, Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) testing equipment and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) systems. Our systems are used to design, test and optimize control and protection systems for power grids, power electronics, motor drives, automotive, railway, aircraft and industries, as well as R&D centers and universities. For more information on OPAL-RT’s products or sales contacts please visit www.opal-rt.com 

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 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. For more information on Pickering’s signal switching and conditioning products or sales contacts please visit www.pickeringtest.com

Press Contacts: 

Pickering Interfaces:  
Kimberly Otte - +1 978-455-0376 - [email protected] 

OPAL-RT Technologies:
 Sabrina Benzid - +1 514-935-2323 ext. 236 – [email protected]