I agree. In addition to using Motion Controllers for manufacturing processes and driving conveyors, I didn't realize they can be used as test stands. You learn something new everyday. Very nice article.
it is true that programmable motion controls are particularly important for durability testing. This will also reduce complexities in testing by offering flexibility in testing. I have developed a similar system for floppy drive test automation in the 90s.
The process of testing any product needs to be rigorous and thorough; this statement is even more true for sensitive products on which people's lives may rely. That said, I agree that some tests end up causing minute damages to the product being tested, damages that may not manifest immediately but end up causing defects in future. As such, the idea of motion controllers in automotive testing is one that should absolutely be embraced with open arms.
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