Test and measuring equipment
HBM has been one of the suppliers of test and measuring equipment to the Hyster-Yale Group since the nineteen-nineties. Among the items it supplies are strain gauges for measuring the loads on chassis and masts. Hyster also uses various Somat and QuantumX
data acquisition systems from HBM, which are used for acquiring and processing a large quantity of data. HBM nCode software is used to process and analyse the measurement data.
Van den Brink: “HBM measurement amplifiers are compatible with virtually all measuring sensors and measurement equipment from other suppliers. We connect not only strain gauges but also laser sensors, load cells for measuring tensile forces, and angle sensors and displacement sensors for measuring the height and position of the mast. We also monitor fuel consumption, the oil pressure in the hydraulic system, operation and the steering system, and we collect GPS data. With the Somat eDAQlite we can collect, process and report on 95% of all the test data during the practical tests. The eDAQlite
is IP certified, which means it is extremely sturdy, and furthermore it is a small, handy box that is highly suitable for building into test models. It takes the measurement data from the sensors and communicates with the forklift truck’s CAN bus controller for all forklift truck data. We store the data in a data logger or send them via a wireless modem to a notebook at the test site or directly to a PC in Nijmegen. The data link is very reliable, so we can even send the measuring equipment to clients in the USA for carrying out endurance and practical tests there.”