Inova test rigs can be used to test a wide variety of steering systems and their components, including I-shafts, electric or electro/ electro-hydraulic power assisted gears and electrically powered column drives. The test rigs can be combined with temperature chambers capable of simulating extreme use conditions, such as a cold start on a freezing winter morning in Scandinavia with temperatures plummeting to -40°C or extended operation in extreme heat over 100°C.
Test rigs communicate with the test specimen via standard car interfaces, including Can, CanFD and Flexray, while interaction with other car systems can be modelled through Restbus simulation.
Inova has rich experience in designing and developing custom and special-purpose systems, including in-production dynamic load performance comparisons against reference standards. (Special test rigs were developed for testing by production. Vibrations of steering body are measured by dynamic loading and compared with “mother” frequency spectra.)