Get a standardized, but at the same time modular and scalable system that can handle all kinds of test executions.
What Is ProFactory?
ProFactory is a hardware and software solution for your production facilities, R&D departments, and laboratories. An enterprise solution that can be implemented on a single computer and scale to embrace a global corporation.
With ProFactory you can build any physical station for computer-based test and measurement, control, and automation. ProFactory stations support manual or semi-automatic operation by human operators and can be fully integrated with automated inline or robotic controlled environments. Anything that involves use of electronic instruments and mechatronic equipment, for any purpose and at any scale, can be implemented with ProFactory.
Save Time by Automating Your Test Management
Saving time is the most important metric to stay competitive with increasingly rapid changes to requirements. ProFactory saves you time in all operations; The test developer gets you ready for test faster, both with new products and with variants of existing ones. The test technician spends less time on planned and unplanned maintenance, leaving your equipment more time for actual production. Your stations are much more flexible which allows for higher equipment utilization, less downtime, and more choices moving functions around in your factory. Your operators are guided and have more execution options at their disposal which leads to fewer errors and more efficient station use.
Save Money by Standardizing while Maintaining Flexibility
Maintaining your own custom equipment is expensive. You alone pay for every feature development and perform all running improvements yourself, you are responsible for custom training, and you often need to stock many different spare parts. The result is often inefficient equipment, wished-for features are never implemented, and you live with problems that aren’t really solved because it’s too time-consuming and expensive to do much more than just the most important. By standardizing your equipment you share these expenses with many other people. And with ProFactory you can standardize without giving up flexibility. That’s the game changer.
Improve Your Product Quality by Testing Correctly
ProFactory governs many aspects of your test stations which have direct impact on your product quality. You are much less likely to run a wrong test or to run with wrong test parameters, ProFactory can reduce negative effects on your products when retesting, you can take full advantage of instruments and tracing even when testing prototypes and running in products, and additional insights are available if you experience batch problems for instance.
Feel Safe with Central Governance
ProFactory documents and traces many important aspects of your test automatically. With guided operation, central configuration management, and synchronization your test quality is ensured, and with remote supervision and central result collection you are certain to not miss anything.
”From a personal point of view, I find that both small and large-scale companies are very interested in ProFactory for the reason that the investment in a smart test system will make its money back quickly. That is for instance the case in relation to product and feature development, but also in terms of cost minimization and having a future-proof system.”
How to Use ProFactory? Application Areas
An Overview of ProFactory Software
What Is Supervizer?
Supervizer is the custodian of your stations. It improves your product quality, increases the value of your equipment, and reduces the risk of disruptions. With Supervizer, you can reduce development effort, protect equipment and data, reduce maintenance effort, and increase equipment utilization.
- Increase code reuse by using same test sequence for all product variants on all test stations
- Collect test results from all stations centrally
- Avoid testing with different code on different stations
- Use stations for many different products and small batches with automatic test selection
- Suspend a long test to make room for a different test or to manage operator shift and resume that test later
What Is Devizer?
Devizer is the intelligent instrument driver that makes it possible to create one test sequence and use that for all product variants with different hardware on different test stations. Devizer offers hardware type and channel abstraction, functional requirements validation, instrument tracing, and parameterization of instrument properties. Devizer drivers are created with LabVIEW and supported by TestStand. With Devizer you create drivers with just the required instrument functions, more functions can be added as they are needed.
- Use whatever instrument you have on the shelf
- Guaranteed to run with the required instrument specifications
- Continue testing during planned and unplanned maintenance
- Greatly reduce your spare parts inventory
- Get ready for test faster and save on software maintenance
What Is Provider?
Provider is the interface between ProFactory and your products. ProFactory defines a UUT (Unit Under Test). A UUT always has a serial number, and that serial number always at least belongs to a product. Optionally it could be a variant of a product, and optionally the product could be part of a category, but the serial number <-> product association is mandatory.
Most configurations you make with ProFactory are associated with one or more UUTs: An execution rule applies to one or more UUTs, a test applies to one or more UUTs and so on. Any UUT you put to the test has to be identified so ProFactory knows what to do with it.
An Overview of ProFactory Hardware
We can offer turn-key stations of any kind from single benchtop instruments to complete stand-alone or inline enclosures. Stations are used for many different operations, typical ones are test stations (electrical, mechanical, component, PCBA, assembly), programming stations, inspection stations (service, quality, defects), configuration stations, machine control equipment, calibration stations, guided operations (packing, service, repair), equipment for machine vision, and equipment for data collection and mobile operations.
GPower can supply any commercial instrument on the market: Measurement devices, signal generators, power supplies, controllers, industrial interfaces, communication devices, programmers, etc. We have the knowhow to help you select the right instrument. We can supply pre-built Devizer drivers for many common instruments or build one if a driver doesn’t already exist.
Fixtures are typical UUT connectivity components and prime candidates for platform design with ProFactory. Some of our key fixture features:
- Fixture identification
- Fixture connectivity and action counters
- Fixture temperature monitoring
- In-fixture UUT identification
- In-fixture instruments and device programming
An Overview of ProFactory Services
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What Our Customers Say
We chose GPower to develop a measurement and data collection system that we should use to validate our calculation models in order to optimize our wind turbines.
One of the requirements was, among other things, that the system should be able to measure blade dynamics at lengths up to 80 meters. In addition, it should also be able to forward measurement results to our data collection system. Requirements that GPower has fulfilled to a great extent. We will definitely recommend GPower to others who need experts for innovative development projects regarding test and measurement.
The number of electronic components in our production, which require quality assurance, has increased. GPower was quick to understand the task. We did professional back-and-forth in terms of how to solve the task, and we defined the framework for a professional cooperation.
GPower has created a robust test system that provides additional value in addition to catching defects. Even the feedback along the way has been educational regarding our components. In certain cases, GPower has brought up its own specialists for a few hours of problem solving, which would have cost us several workdays. We will definitely recommend GPower to others who need to complete projects in a faster way.
We chose GPower on the basis of their expertise in LabVIEW-based programming. They were very quick to understand our specific needs. Furthermore, they had a very flexible approach in terms of meeting our wishes, just as they have been accurate in their communication from day one – both before and during the cooperation.
Besides solving our programming challenges, GPower was also educational in terms of new aspects of LabVIEW-based programming. The cooperation with GPower has been easy, educational, and effective. We highly recommend GPower.
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An Extract of Use Cases
Do you have many test stations with its own test system?
Many manufacturing companies experience that the number of test stations increases concurrently with the number of products – and often with its own test system. This makes the test execution very complex and result in huge challenges in terms of version control. The result is often that developers spend all their time maintaining existing systems and no time when it comes to optimizing the test execution.
With ProFactory, you get a common framework where you easily can manage the test sequences. The test stations are automatically synchronized with a common database.
Use modular tests to reuse your test stations in different contexts
When handling complaints, a test of the alleged error is almost always included. Sometimes, it can be done with a visual inspection, while at other times it requires a more thorough test of the electronics. Most often, you will be able to reuse a test station but if the test station is not flexible, it can become a major challenge.
The solution could be to use modular tests where an operator is able to select parts of the test to be executed. In this way, you save time regarding test execution, reduce test sequence maintenance, and avoid having to develop a new test station.
Is it hard for you to handle test stations distributed in several locations?
In a modern enterprise, the production is often distributed in several locations and often in several countries. Therefore, it can be difficult to ensure optimal cross-border test execution, as the environment can be difficult to replicate, just as it can be difficult to obtain data to document the differences.
With ProFactory, all relevant data is automatically logged to one or more databases that are easily accessible all over the world. This makes it easier to identify parameters that influence the outcome of the test but also to optimize the test execution.