TALENT Hardware Architecture

TALENT™ V4 Physical Architecture

TALENT™ is a scaleable system, it can be installed on one or more Commercial-Off-The-Shelf PCs.

The number of PCs chosen is usually dependent on the application and on the client preference, e.g. separation of control and data systems, the computing power required for certain functions, e.g. direct digital control of test conditions, and son afety philosophy, e.g. separate PLC based safety system etc.

Test stands and in-vehicle (road test) applications are usually based on a single PC implementation.

Wind tunnels and other more complex facilities are usually based on multi-PC implementation. A typical multi-PC integrated automation system has the following components:

  • Windows Domain Controller (for security only, usually provided by the client's IT department)
  • Automation and control system(s)
  • Independent PLC safety system
  • General purpose and special purpose data acquisition and recording system(s)
  • Automated report generation system
  • Operator's Graphical User Interface Workstations with up to 7 interconnected monitors
  • Test Engineer's run-time experiment monitoring Graphical User Interface

Example of a large multi-computers, high speed system.

Example of a small single-computer, low speed system. (See Air Flow Test Stand Marketing.pdf)

Examples of special I/O system modifications

TALENT™ currently supports a variety of popular data acquisition systems. These systems may be used in direct digital control or for data acquisition applications:

  • HBM MGCplus
  • IMC
  • Ipetronik
  • Kinetic Systems (VXI)
  • National Instruments (SCXI, PXI, PXIe)
  • NEFF 470, 471, 620
  • PSI 8400
  • RTP
  • Scanivalve DSA, DSM
  • Validyne VDAS

TALENT™ supports a variety of PLC hardware (used for hard-coded safety, or simple, non-context-sensitive control functions):

  • Allan Bradley
  • Automax
  • GE Fanuc
  • Schneider / Modicon
  • Siemens S7

TALENT™ supports J2534 compliant OBDII data acquisition equipment:

  • Standard Mode 1 PID data
  • Manufacturer / vehicle specific Mode 22, Mode 23 PID and DMR data
  • Supports multiple protocols, including ISO14229, ISO15765, ISO14320 / KWP2000, CAN, J1850PWM, J1850 VPW


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