Discrete and Process Automation

Automation simplifies cable/harness testing

16 March 2023

An automation-ready cable and harness test system engineered by CAMI Research Inc. now offers an environmental sensor option incorporating the Dracal PTH200 sensor. Of particular interest to medical and defense applications, this option provides automatic measurement and reporting of environmental test conditions (temperature, relative humidity, pressure) alongside electrical function data for the cable, harness or backplane under test. This capability simplifies test and reporting procedures especially involving testing with environmental chambers.

The CableEye suite of products developed by CAMI, a provider of PC-based cable and wire harness test solutions, are available with auto-detected, plug-in connector boards for fast, convenient set-up and testing of standard cables. When pre-populated and pre-configured boards are used, the software automatically displays a graphic of the connectors in addition to the wiring under test. The tester can be readily programmed to do the same for custom boards and fixtures.

Source: CAMI Research Inc.Source: CAMI Research Inc.

Combining test, fault location, design, documentation, labeling, database storage, and automation in one instrument, the CableEye test and management system is used for research and development, prototyping, production, diagnostics and design. The test station can be set up to perform multiple background tasks, including environmental data acquisition, all triggered automatically with a single click of a button or a barcode scan.

The new add-on option comprises custom software and a Dracal environmental sensor that connects to a USB port on the tester’s computer. CAMI’s accompanying custom software reads the data into variables within the main CableEye software.

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