How to easily perform whole-vehicle current diagnostics
Published on 6th March 2018
In modern vehicles there has been a significant increase in the number of electronic hardware devices connected to the vehicle battery, each of which has the potential to cause supply issues.
One of the key challenges is being able to test and demonstrate there are no low power or quiescent power issues. This is especially true for systems that consume relatively high power when operating, but very low power when in a sleep-mode state.
The problem is that it is often difficult to find instruments that can measure both the highest and lowest current levels with the appropriate resolution and accuracy.
Sens-X can be used to prevent electrical issues such as flat battery by detecting quiescent current, overload or transient power scenarios.
Sens-X systems can be comprised of a small number of fuses or can expand to measure all fuse points across an entire vehicle or breadboard, or even vehicle battery current up to 1000A peak. They can measure ultra-sensitive current signals while still maintaining exceptional signal quality.
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All Sens-X in-vehicle current measurement systems are supplied with a free 30 day trial of the GDSP GUI, which is hosted in our real-time interface creation software VISUALCONNX.
Each SmartFuse in a system can be monitored and configured to stream its data onto CAN, via this software. This data can then be analysed and manipulated in the GDSP GUI.
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