MTS, NI to deliver framework for standardized noise, vibration testing

Austin, TX; Eden Prairie, MN—A href=''>MTS Systems Corp. and National Instruments (NI) have formed a long-term contractual agreement to deliver a low-cost framework for standardized noise and vibration testing.


Austin, TX; Eden Prairie, MN—A href=''>MTS Systems Corp. and National Instruments (NI) have formed a long-term contractual agreement to deliver a low-cost framework for standardized noise and vibration testing. The companies will address the critical, unmet need for more cost-effective test solutions that engineers can use in exploratory testing and in standardizing test procedures across facilities and among system suppliers. With NI’s engineering support, MTS is spearheading the development of this new noise and vibration test framework using its current products and NI’s software and hardware for test automation.

'Testing for noise and vibration is fundamental to product development everywhere. MTS' commitment to continued growth in product development testing makes our investment in a next generation, noise and vibration framework a strategic imperative,' says Sidney Emery Jr., MTS’ chairman and CEO. 'National Instruments is world renowned for its experience and leadership in automating tests based on open and economical computing platforms. By combining its expertise and market reach with our 30 years of noise and vibration application experience in the automotive and aerospace industries, we will offer a new level of affordability, flexibility and productivity to noise and vibration testing.'

MTS plans to use the NI’s LabView software platform as the cornerstone of this new framework, and will provide increasing support in the framework for NI’s current and future software and instrumentation offerings. The new framework will help noise and vibration experts to quickly define and inexpensively deploy standardized tests that engineers and technicians can use in product development and manufacturing, effectively applying the same tools for test development and test automation.

'National Instruments has been looking for the right company to help further our test automation technology in the noise and vibration market,' adds Dr. James Truchard, NI’s president, CEO and co-founder. 'As a world leader in mechanical test solutions, MTS brings substantial, in-depth experience to the development of test and measurement solutions critical in the design flow and across the enterprise. The collective expertise of National Instruments and MTS will bring a new standard in tools, service and support for noise and vibration testing.'

The partners add that their agreement builds on their working relationship, and signifies both companies' long-term commitment to serving the growing noise and vibration market. MTS and National Instruments expect to disclose a detailed product roadmap to select customers later this year.

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Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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