TALENT Test Automation System

The TALENT™ Test Automation System is the most comprehensive system for managing a test facility and recording test applications.

TALENT™ is a highly modular, integrated and  scaleable automation platform specifically designed for test facility automation. It can be deployed on one computer, or spread across several computers. In simple data acquisition and supervisory control applications using one computer, such as on-road testing and typical test stands, the systems do not need specific application programming. However, in many wind tunnel applications, custom application programming is required.

The integrated environment encompasses all aspects of the testing process, from test planning (non-real-time), through test execution (real-time), to data upload to corporate data bases.

The TALENT™ V4 platform is designed with an open architecture, which allows facility specific components, e.g. control systems or data systems, to be added at any time by the client as the capabilities of the test facility change. These components are integrated to the TALENT kernel using industry standard Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM). Updates to the TALENT™ V4 automation kernel can be installed without affecting the facility specific control or data systems.

The TALENT™ V4 platform offers:

  • Increased productivity, through end-to-end automation
  • Test data integrity, through documented traceable testing from calibration to procedure execution
  • Scaleability, through distributed component design
  • Maintainability, through use of add-in components and through adherence to versioning
  • Versatility and flexibility. TALENT is the only automation platform in the world that has been used in a full range of wind tunnels, from automotive climatic facilities to high speed M4 facilities, with widely different control and data bandwidth requirements
  • Non-obsolescence, with continuous development and backward compatible upgrades since 1984

TALENT™ is a vertically integrated automation platform, it provides support for:

  • Test engineers to define tests using standard test types
  • Test engineers to define new test types with data configurations, test procedures and reports
  • Operators to execute pre-defined or ad-hoc tests, automatically, semi-automatically, or manually
  • Test engineers to monitor tests, review the time-stamped operation log, generate reports automatically or manually
  • Technicians to diagnose the process systems, using built-in tools
  • Instrumentation technicians to calibrate and review the calibration history, or to import / export calibration data
  • Facility manager to monitor facility usage (e.g. by projects) and equipment usage (e.g. for cost allocation)

The most important discriminator for the TALENT™ system is the vertical integration of all the functions involved in testing, from preparation, through execution, to management.
 

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