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M-Test 5.0 Motor Testing Software

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Magtrol's M-TEST 5.0 is a state-of-the-art motor testing program for PC (Windows® 2000/XP) based data acquisition. Used with a Magtrol Programmable Dynamometer Controller, M-TEST 5.0 works with any Magtrol Dynamometer or In-Line Torque Transducer to help determine the performance characteristics of a motor under test. Up to 22 parameters are calculated and displayed utilizing M-TEST 5.0's feature-rich testing and graphing capabilities.

National Instruments LabVIEWAn integral component of any Magtrol Motor Test System, M-TEST 5.0 performs ramp, curve, manual and pass/fail tests in a manner best suited to the overall efficiency of the test rig. Written in LabVIEW™, M-TEST 5.0 has the flexibility to test a variety of motors in a multitude of configurations. The data generated from this user-friendly program can be stored, displayed and printed in tabular or graphical formats, and is easily imported into a spreadsheet.

Magtrol can also make custom modifications to the software to meet additional motor testing requirements.

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Current Release Release Date
5.0 / rev 11.5.2 05/02/2011

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Sensor Input Measurement
Temperature measurement—previously an add-on feature that had to be purchased separately—is now included in M-TEST 5.0. Up to 32 thermocouples or analog sensors can be read and monitored during a motor test. Heat rise curves on the bearings, windings and housing of a motor can be performed and air flow/exhaust efficiencies can be measured with an air tool or internal combustion engine. M-TEST 5.0, with its complete dynamometer control, even allows for sensor measurement while performing load simulation for duty cycle and life testing.
 
Applications
M-TEST 5.0—besides being well-suited for simulating loads, cycling the unit under test and motor ramping—is also ideal for production line and inspection applications, due to its pass/fail test function. Another time-saving feature that engineering labs will benefit from, is the ability to duplicate tests and run them automatically. This versatile program is extremely valuable to anyone involved in motor testing.
 
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New Features with 5.0
  • New Graphical User Interface: Tabbed pages for quick navigation.
  • Temperature/Sensor Measurement: Temperature testing capabilities are now included in standard program.
  • Multiple Language Support: Switch to/from English, French, German or Spanish at any point during the program. Additional language dictionaries can be created/edited by the user.
  • More Graphing Options: Display up to three different 1-axis graphs (one for each tested parameter) in the same window.
  • Compare Test Data: Overlay data from two separate tests on the same graph.
  • Rapid Graph Plotting: Change both the X- and Y-axis to display additional test curves, without having to exit the graph.
  • Cursor Tools: Obtain the X and Y coordinates of any point on a curve. Magnify any section of the graph.
  • Simplified PID Scaling: New slider controls set both coarse and fine gain adjustment simultaneously.
  • Single or Multi-User Login: Enable password protection and assign user access rights for specific program functions.
  • Loads Most Recently Saved Setup File Upon Startup: Provides valuable time savings for users who repeatedly run only one type of test.
  • Automatic GPIB Device/Address Detection: Displayed within program to easily check communication parameters.
 
Other Features
  • Multiple Testing Options:
    Ramp: Select from average ramp down/up or ramp down with inertia correction factor. Also allows extrapolation of free-run and locked-rotor data, plus interpolation of specific speed or torque data points.
    Curve: Test speed, torque, amps, watts input, watts output and open loop parameters. Capable of adjusting sampling rate and using step or ramp from one load point to the next.
    Manual: Runs test from front panel of the Dynamometer Controller while computer acquires data. Allows adjustment of sampling rate.
    Pass/Fail: Checks amps, input watts (with optional Power Analyzer), speed, torque and output watts against user-defined values.
  • Displays 22 Tested & Calculated Parameters: Torque, speed and auxiliary input are displayed from the DSP6000/6001, 5240 or 4629B Controller; amps, volts and watts from an (optional) power analyzer. Calculated values including horsepower, efficiency, power factor, output watts and time can also be displayed.
  • Three-Phase Power Analyzer Data Acquisition: Obtain data on each individual phase and/or the sum used in the chosen parameters (amps, volts, input watts and power factor).
  • Motor Shaft Direction Indicator: Indicates if the motor is turning clockwise or counterclockwise.
  • IEEE-488 and RS-232 Interface: Computer interface with National InstrumentsT PCI-GPIB. RS-232 available with DSP6000/6001 only.
  • Automatic Load Defaults Option: Downloads testing instrument parameters based on model number.
  • Dynamic PID Scaling: Provides consistent control loop results throughout motor speed range during ramp test (for DSP6001 only).
  • PID Adjustment Routines: Helps adjust the system for ramp and step functions.
  • Graphing Capabilities: Display up to 5 test curves in a single graph or view as (up to 3) separate 1-axis graphs; easy-to-read colored and labeled plots with several graph formatting options; manual or auto scaling.
  • Curve Fitting: A curve fitting routine can be applied to most motor test curves. Raw data and curve fit data can also be displayed simultaneously.
  • Customized Reports: Allows user to produce a one-page motor test summary, which can include the motor's serial number; maximum torque, speed, power and current values; operator name; time and date of test; motor direction; 32 data points; and an X-Y plot.
  • Save/Load Setup Function: Test procedure configurations may be stored and recalled using standard Windows® file structure.
 
System Requirements
  • Personal computer with Intel® Pentium® III or Celeron® 600 MHz processor (or equivalent)
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
  • 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • 1 GB of available hard drive space
  • VGA color monitor with minimum screen resolution of 1024 × 768
  • National Instruments™ PCI-GPIB card (available from Magtrol)
  • RS-232 serial interface can be used, instead of GPIB card, for interfacing with Magtrol DSP6000 or DSP6001 Controllers
  • National Instruments™ FieldPoint™ or USB-9211 hardware: Required only if temperature testing/sensor input function will be used
 
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M-Test 5.0 Quick Tour

For a quick tour of M-TEST 5.0, move your mouse over the thumbnails below to view an enlarged version of the window. For a full-screen (PDF) view, click on the thumbnail.

 
Start
Start
M-Test Security
Security
Configure Hardware
Configure
Hardware
Reports
Reports
Display
Display
Compare
Compare
Configure Test
Configure Test
Adjust PID
Adjust PID
Test
Test
View data
View Data
5 axis graph
5-Axis Graph
1 axis graph
1-Axis Graph
 
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