1997-05-20

A New Approach for the On-Road Data Acquisition and Analysis System 972000

A portable in-vehicle NVH data acquisition and analysis system is required to support the product development timing necessary to be competitive in today's automotive market. The components of such a system should include rugged hardware and software to support NVH data acquisition and analysis for frequently performed tests. The system should be easy for the vehicle development engineers to operate while producing results with a high confidence level. Once the data has been measured and analyzed, the system should support automated reporting and databasing of the results. The availability of such a system would make it easy for the vehicle development engineers to perform standardized tests with standardized analysis and reporting.
Such a system has been successfully developed at Ford Motor Company. It enables Ford Product Development activities to merge the role of the development and test engineer to meet the higher customer demands and the ever tighter scheduling requirements for vehicle programs. The system will be fully implemented in the near future. NVH target setting, target evaluation and development tasks at Ford will become most effective and efficient.

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