Another decisive criterion for the use of PMX was the possibility of operating the device via the integrated web server on all commonly used web browsers. This eliminated the need to install PC software and provided the opportunities for remote maintenance and remote operation via existing network technology. The integrated CODESYS Soft PLC also has web visualization, which has now been adapted precisely to the application. That makes all relevant signals and control elements available to operate the test bench including control for the operator.
Benjamin Buchholz from IWES is coordinating the project as part of the joint "Rain Erosion on Rotor Blades" project:
"The test conditions are variable – rotational speeds and climatic conditions can be adjusted individually according to actual conditions of the relevant rotor blades," explains Buchholz."Recorded weather and operating data provide us with the necessary basis. In this manner we would like to ensure both the quality of the test bench and the validity of the final results. With the integrated PMX measurement and control system from Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik, we were able to implement all the necessary measurement and control tasks efficiently and cost-effectively."