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(11)EP 2 592 409 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 12007567.6

(22)Date of filing:  07.11.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G01M 15/10(2006.01)
G01M 17/007(2006.01)

(54)

Test system

Prüfsystem

Système de test


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 10.11.2011 JP 2011246282
23.05.2012 JP 2012118095

(43)Date of publication of application:
15.05.2013 Bulletin 2013/20

(73)Proprietor: HORIBA, LTD.
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 601-8510 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • Watanabe, Koji
    Kyoto, 601-8510 (JP)
  • Nakamura, Hiroshi
    Kyoto, 601-8510 (JP)
  • Okada, Kaoru
    Kyoto, 601-8510 (JP)
  • Hayata, Masayuki
    Kyoto, 601-8510 (JP)
  • Yamazaki, Toru
    Kyoto, 601-8510 (JP)

(74)Representative: Müller Hoffmann & Partner 
Patentanwälte mbB St.-Martin-Strasse 58
81541 München
81541 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
DE-A1- 19 752 965
US-A1- 2009 013 758
US-A- 4 532 013
  
      
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    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a test system for mobile bodies such as vehicles, vessels, and planes, and also for testing components of the mobile bodies, for example, an internal-combustion engine.

    Background Art



    [0002] A known conventional automobile test system is configured such that a plurality of measuring apparatuses (measuring devices) are connected to one measurement managing device, and the managing device manages the measuring apparatuses together (Refer to, for example, Patent Literature 1).

    [0003] DE 197 52 965 A1 discloses a method of monitoring an exhaust emissions cleaning system of an external-ignition type internal combustion (IC) engine equipped with a lambda-regulated catalytic converter (catalyst), a lambda-probe arranged upstream of the catalyst, and a lambda-probe arranged downstream of the catalyst, in which the fuel supply system of the IC engine is controlled by a pilot control of the downstream lambda-probe so that the signal of the upstream lambda-probe oscillates about the value Lambda = 1. A first time period is measured in which the signal of the lambda-probe is less than a given threshold value. A second time period is measured in which the signal of the lambda-probe exceeds a given threshold value. With regard to the exceeding of a permissable noxious exhaust-gas emission, depending on engine speed and load, the time periods are weighted to two reference time periods, which are added to a summated reference time period, and an error of the upstream lambda-probe is diagnosed if the summated reference time period exceeds a given fraction of the total operating time period.

    [0004] US 4 532 013 A discloses to permit calibrating and testing a current-limiting sensor in situ. To this end, the sensor is exposed, from time to time, to ambient air forming a standard gas, and the output thereof compared with a standard, for example by connecting a resistor of standard value in circuit therewith or for recalling from a memory in a microcomputer standard conditions; upon determination of a deviation between output from the sensor when exposed to the standard gas-typically air-and the theoretical value as stored, the theoretical or reference value is reset if the deviation is within a predetermined limit or, otherwise, an alarm output is provided. The tolerance limits can be set in such a way that a first alarm output is provided in a narrow tolerance, thus indicating drift of the sensor toward eventual malfunction, and permitting utilization of the sensor for long lifetime, while providing advance warning of imminent failure. Change of applied voltage to the sensor and test for current therethrough can then derive an actual operating curve which can be compared with stored test curves in the memory from which, upon extrapolation, a tendency to failure can be predicted and recognized.

    [0005] US 2009/013758 A1 discloses a procedure for operating a particle sensor that is arranged downstream after a particle filter, at which an ash contamination can occur, and a device for implementing the procedure. A remaining operating time determination determines the remaining operating time of the particle sensor related to an ash contamination. Alternatively or additionally the remaining operating time determination provides a correction signal, with which the sensitivity loss of the particle sensor caused by the ash contamination can be considered.

    Citation List


    Patent Literature



    [0006] [Patent Literature 1] Unexamined Patent Publication No. 2005-49353

    Summary of Invention


    Technical Problem



    [0007] The measuring device operates in various operational modes including an elapsed mode in which an embedded PC is in a conducting state, a stand-by mode in which measurement can be immediately started, a measurement mode, a calibration mode, a purge mode, and a measurement + purge mode. The measuring device includes various components such as a valve, a pump, a sensor, and a heater. For this reason, depending on the operational mode of the measuring device, some components actually operate, while other components do not actually operate. Accordingly, even in the operational mode in which some components do not actually operate, when operating periods of the components are uniformly accumulated, the operating periods of the components cannot be accurately accumulated. Further, it has been demanded to manage the timing of operational check such as leak check and purge processing of an exhaust gas flow line constituting a test system such as an exhaust-gas analyzing system.

    [0008] The present invention is made in consideration of such problem, and its main object is to acquire operating history of instruments constituting the test system or operational check history of the test system as well as to accumulate the operating period of each component much more accurately than the conventional system.

    Solution to Problem



    [0009] The above problem is solved by the subject-matter of the independent claim.

    [0010] For example, a test system is a test system that tests a mobile body such as a vehicle, a vessel or a plane, or instruments used in the mobile body as objects, and is operable by switching among different operational modes, the test system including a history-information acquiring unit for acquiring operating history information indicating operating history including operating time of a component or operational check history information indicating operational check history of operational check, wherein, in accumulating the operating time of the component, the history-information acquiring unit accumulates the operating time of the component only in the predetermined operational mode set for each component.

    [0011] With such configuration, by accumulating the operating time of each component only in the predetermined operational mode set for each component, the accumulation of the operating period of each component can be performed much more accurately than conventional system.

    [0012] As a specific implementation, preferably, one or more testing devices used for testing, and a device-managing device communicably connected to the testing devices, the device-managing device managing the testing devices, are further included, an accumulated operating-time calculating unit accumulates the operating time of components of the testing devices, and the device-managing device includes an accepting unit for accepting designation of the component and designation of the predetermined operational mode of the designated component.

    [0013] Even when the testing device is connected to any device-managing device, for the device-managing device to accurately accumulate the operating time of the testing device, it is preferred that the device-managing device is provided with an accumulated operating-time calculating unit, and the testing device is provided with an accumulated operating-time storing unit for storing accumulated operating time calculated by the accumulated operating-time calculating unit.

    [0014] To generate warnings in two stages and improve usability, it is preferred that the device-managing device further includes a warning generating unit for generating a real warning when the accumulated operating time reaches lifetime of the component, and a preliminary warning when the accumulated operating time reaches a predetermined time prior to the lifetime.

    [0015] To set the lifetime and/or the predetermined time, it is preferred to provide an accepting unit for accepting designation of the lifetime and/or the predetermined time.

    [0016] As a specific implementation, it is desired that the testing devices are measuring devices for measuring a state amount of the object, and more specifically, the measuring device is provided in an exhaust path of the internal-combustion engine to measure the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust path.

    [0017] In the above-mentioned test system, the operating history of the instrument or the operational check history of the test system can be acquired, and furthermore, the user can arbitrarily set the instrument or the operational check, the history of which is to be acquired, to simplify management of the test system. The managing device used in the test system according to the present invention includes a display control unit displaying a setting screen for setting an instrument with operating history to be managed among the instruments constituting the test system such as the exhaust-gas analyzing system or setting operational check of the test system with operational check history to be managed, and a history-information acquiring unit for acquiring operating history information indicating the operating history of the instrument set on the setting screen, or operational check history information indicating the operational check history of the operational check set on the setting screen.

    [0018]  With such configuration, since the history-information acquiring unit acquires the operating history information of the instrument set on the setting screen or the operational check history information of the operational check set on the setting screen, the operating history information of the instruments constituting the test system such as the exhaust-gas analyzing system or the operational check history information of the operational check can be managed, and further, the user can arbitrarily set the instrument or operational check to be managed. Therefore, according to the present invention, the user can arbitrarily select the instrument or operational check to be managed and therefore, management of the exhaust-gas analyzing system can be simplified.

    [0019] It is desired that the operating history information includes the accumulated operating time of the instrument, and the operational check history information includes elapsed time from completion of the last operational check. Since the operating history information includes the accumulated operating time, the state of the instruments constituting the test system can be easily recognized, and for example, the usable life and maintenance timing of the instruments can be easily managed. Further, since the operational check history information includes the elapsed time from completion of the last operational check, the timing of next operational check can be estimated.

    [0020] Desirably, the setting screen has an upper limit value input column for setting an upper limit value of the accumulated operating time of the set instrument or the elapsed time of the set operational check, and the test system further includes a time comparing unit for comparing the upper limit value set by the upper limit value input column with the accumulated operating time or elapsed time acquired by the history-information acquiring unit, and an informing unit for informing that the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time exceeds the upper limit value. Thus, since the user merely inputs the upper limit value in the upper limit value input column on the setting screen, thereby having the device automatically compare the upper limit value with the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time, the user does not need to confirm the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time each time, which improves usability.

    [0021] It is desired that the display control unit displays the operating history information or the operational check history information, which is acquired by the history-information acquiring unit, on the setting screen. Thus, in setting the instrument or operational check to be managed on the setting screen, since setting can be changed with reference to the history, the usability in setting can be improved. Further, the numerical value inputted to the upper limit value input column can be visually compared with the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time.

    [0022] A test system managing program according to the present invention allows a computer to perform functions of a display control unit for displaying a setting screen for setting an instrument with operating history to be managed among the instruments constituting the test system such as the exhaust-gas analyzing system or for setting operational check of the test system with operational check history to be managed, and a history-information acquiring unit for acquiring operating history information of the instrument set on the setting screen, or operational check history information of the operational check set on the setting screen.

    Advantageous Effects of Invention



    [0023] According to the present invention thus configured, by accumulating the operating time of each component only in the predetermined operational mode set for each component, the accumulation of the operating period of each component can be performed much more accurately than conventional system.

    Brief Description of Drawings



    [0024] 

    Fig. 1 is a schematic configuration diagram showing vehicle performance test system in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 2 is a functional block diagram of a measuring device and a device-managing device in the first embodiment.

    Fig. 3 is a screen configuration view showing an example of a warning screen in the first embodiment.

    Fig. 4 is a screen configuration view showing an example of a setting screen in the first embodiment.

    Fig. 5 is a schematic diagram showing a configuration of an exhaust-gas analyzing system in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 6 is an instrument configuration diagram showing a managing device in the second embodiment.

    Fig. 7 is a functional configuration diagram showing the managing device in the second embodiment.

    Fig. 8 is a diagram showing a setting screen in the second embodiment.

    Fig. 9 is a diagram showing the setting screen in the second embodiment.

    Fig. 10 is a diagram showing the setting screen in the second embodiment.


    Description of Embodiments


    1. First Embodiment



    [0025] A first embodiment of the present invention will be described below with reference to drawings.

    [0026] Fig. 1 schematically shows the whole of a vehicle performance test system 1 in accordance with the first embodiment. As shown in this diagram, the vehicle performance test system 1 includes a chassis dynamometer (not shown), an automatic driving device (not shown), a test automatic managing device 6, a plurality of exhaust-gas measuring devices 4, a device-managing device 7 and so on, and can test vehicle performances by putting a vehicle VH into a simulated driving state on the chassis dynamometer and measuring fuel consumption, exhaust-gas ingredients and so on of the vehicle VH. An engine as a single item can be tested. Each part will be described below.

    [0027] Although not described in detail, the test automatic managing device 6 has a basic function of setting schedule of a driving test. When the operator performs such schedule setting, the test automatic managing device 6 transmits a command following its regulation to the chassis dynamometer, the automatic driving device, the device-managing device 7 and so on, and controls these components such that a test as regulated is automatically performed.

    [0028] Although one device-managing device 7 is connected to one test automatic managing device 6 in Fig. 1, a plurality of the device-managing devices 7 may be connected. The test automatic managing device 6 can perform scheduling for each of the device-managing devices 7.

    [0029] The exhaust-gas measuring device 4 (hereinafter, may be also referred to as measuring device 4) includes an exhaust-gas ingredient measuring device configured of a set of one or more gas analyzing units as unit instruments and also, for example, a device that performs pre-processing of measuring exhaust-gas ingredients, for example, a constant-volume sampling device.

    [0030] In this embodiment, plural types of measuring devices 4 are used. Examples include a first measuring device 4 that includes a plurality of gas analyzing units having different measurement principles, a second measuring device 4 as a constant-volume sampling device, a third measuring device 4 as an EGR rate measuring device, and a fourth measuring device 4 as an ultrasonic flow meter. Examples of the gas analyzing unit include FID that measures THC, and CLD that measures NOx, and an NDIR that measures CO2.

    [0031] The measuring device 4 measures the amount of ingredients such as HC, NOx, CO, CO2 of gas sampled from, for example, a predetermined place in an intake and exhaust path of an internal-combustion engine, and can also calculate performance values such as fuel consumption and EGR rate of the instruments constituting the vehicle VH such as engine and catalyst from the measured value.

    [0032] For this reason, each measuring device 4, as shown in Fig. 2, includes a local computer.

    [0033] The local computer physically includes a CPU, a memory, an A/D converter, a communication interface and so on. In the local computer, the CPU and peripheral instruments work together according to a program stored in the memory and correct/calibrate an output value from a sensor 4a for detecting predetermined ingredients of exhaust gas, thereby calculating a measured value indicating the concentration of each of the ingredients. The local computer includes a calculating unit 41 that calculates a performance value of the instrument from the measured value and a communicating unit 42 that transmits the measured value and the instrument performance value, which are calculated by the calculating unit 41, to the device-managing device 7 according to a predetermined protocol.

    [0034] The local computer further includes a control unit 43 that receives a command signal from the device-managing device 7 to control a valve V, a temperature regulating mechanism 4b, and a pump 4c, and controls the various operational modes (elapsed mode, stand-by mode, measurement mode, calibration mode, purge mode) of the exhaust-gas measuring device 4, a calibrating unit 44 that calibrates the sensor 4a, a local accumulating unit (accumulated operating-time storing unit) 45 that is provided in a predetermined area of the memory and successively acquires and accumulates device state information of the measuring device 4 up to now, an accumulated operating-time calculating unit 46 as a history-information acquiring unit, and a warning generating unit 47.

    [0035] The device-managing device 7 is configured, for example, by installing a predetermined program in a general-purpose computer, and physically includes a CPU, a memory, a display, an input means (keyboard, mouse and the like), and a communication interface. The CPU and peripheral instruments work together according to the program stored in the memory, resulting in that the device-managing device 7, as shown in Fig. 2, performs functions of a display unit 72, an accepting unit 73, a managing unit body 74, and a communicating unit 75. The device-managing device 7 is provided with a communications port, and the measuring device 4 is intercommunicated with the device-managing device 7 by wired or wireless connection.

    [0036] Next, each unit of the device-managing device 7 and their operations will be described.

    [0037] First, the operator performs various operations (for example, piping) related to the measuring device 4 and then, physically connects the measuring device 4 to the device-managing device 7 with a connector cable.

    [0038] In this state, the operator can properly display a warning screen 8 in a window as shown in Fig. 3.

    [0039] A list of names of the components of the measuring device 4 is displayed on the warning screen 8. For each component, the list includes a name column as well as a life column "Life Time", an accumulated operating time column "Working Time" indicating the accumulated operating time up to now, and a remaining time column "Status" indicating remaining time to the end of life.

    [0040] The remaining time column also indicates below-mentioned warning. Specifically, when the accumulated operating time reaches lifetime of the component, the warning generating unit 47 generates a red real warning. When the accumulated operating time reaches a predetermined preliminary warning period prior to the lifetime, an orange preliminary warning is displayed. In this manner, in this embodiment, two-staged warning display is carried out.

    [0041] On the warning screen, a "Reset" button 82 is operated, for example, after completion of maintenance of each component to reset the accumulated operating time.

    [0042] The list on the warning screen 8 is also provided with a "Detail" button 83 as a detail setting button in each row (that is, each component). When the Detail button 83 is clicked, a setting screen 9 for setting the life, the accumulated operating time and so on of each component is displayed in the window.

    [0043] Specifically, as shown in Fig. 4, the setting screen 9 includes an operational mode designating area 91 and a warning period designating area 92.

    [0044] The operational mode designating area 91 includes various columns for designating whether or not the operating time of each component is accumulated when the measuring device 4 is put into each operating mode. Specifically, the columns are a mode designating column 99 for designating the operational mode, a finalizing button 100 for finalizing the designation, and a release button 101 for releasing the designation.

    [0045] For example, in the case where the component operates only in the stand-by mode and the measurement mode, the operator may click the finalizing button 100 in the state where the stand-by mode is selected and displayed in the mode designating column 99, click the finalizing button 100 in the state where the measurement mode is selected and displayed in the mode designating column 99, and click the release button 101 each time each of the other modes is displayed in the mode designating column 99. By clicking the finalizing button 100, operating condition information, that is, information that time is accumulated only in the stand-by mode and the measurement mode is associated with a component ID and stored in the local accumulating unit 45 of the measuring device 4.

    [0046] The accumulated operating-time calculating unit 46 acquires the operating condition information from the local accumulating unit 45, and keeps time by use of a timer not shown only in the operational mode indicated by the operating condition information to accumulate the operating time of the component. The accumulated operating time is successively written into the local accumulating unit 45. Hour Meter as the timer may be attached to the measuring device 4, and the accumulated operating-time calculating unit 46 may operate the Hour Meter only in the operational mode, and calculate the accumulated operating time from an output from the Hour Meter.

    [0047] Examples of the component include a pump, an ozone generator used to measure NOx by use of a CLD meter, and a filter as consumable supplies.

    [0048] The warning period designating area 92 includes a display column 102 for displaying the preliminary warning period, buttons 103, 104 for validating/invalidating warning display, and a default button 105 for setting the preliminary warning period to a default value, and the setting can be changed by operator's inputting. When being finalized, these values are associated with the component ID and stored in the local accumulating unit 45.

    [0049] In this embodiment thus configured, by accumulating the operating time of each component of the measuring device 4 only in the predetermined operational mode set for each component, the accumulation of the operating period of the component can be performed much more accurately than conventional system.

    [0050] Further, by storing the accumulated operating time calculated by the accumulated operating-time calculating unit 46 in the local accumulating unit 45, even when the measuring device 4 is connected to any device-managing device, the device-managing device can accurately accumulate the operating time of the measuring device 4.

    [0051] Furthermore, the warning generating unit 47 allows the two-staged warning display on the warning screen 8, thereby improving usability.

    [0052] Further, since the device-managing device 7 includes the accepting unit 73 that accepts designation of the lifetime and/or the predetermined time, the operator can flexibly set the lifetime or the predetermined time.

    [0053] The present invention is not necessarily applied to only the first embodiment. For example, the present invention can be applied to testing of the engine as a single item, as well as planes, vessels and instruments thereof.

    [0054] In the above-mentioned embodiment, the test automatic managing device 6 transmits the command following the regulation to the chassis dynamometer, the automatic driving device, and the device-managing device 7 to control these components such that the test can be automatically performed as scheduled. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the device-managing device 7 may transmit the command following the regulation to each measuring device 4, and for example, the local computer built in the measuring device 4 may transmit the command following the regulation to another measuring device 4.

    [0055] Although the setting screen 9 is displayed on a display 7a of the device-managing device 7 in the above-mentioned embodiment, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the setting screen 9 may be displayed on a display of the test automatic managing device 6.

    [0056] Although the warning screen 8 is displayed on the display 7a of the device-managing device 7 in the above-mentioned embodiment, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the warning screen 8 may be displayed on the display of the test automatic managing device 6, or each measuring device 4 may be provided with a blinking lamp, and blinking of the lamp may be a warning that can be recognized by the operator.

    [0057] Although the accumulated operating-time storing unit is provided in the measuring device 4 in the above-mentioned embodiment, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the accumulated operating-time storing unit may be provided in the device-managing device 7. However, in this case, it is needed to associate the accumulated operating time with the identification ID of the measuring device 4 such that the measuring device 4 can be identified in the device-managing device 7, and to store them in the accumulated operating-time storing unit.

    2. Second Embodiment



    [0058] An exhaust-gas analyzing system (test system) in accordance with a second embodiment of the present invention will be described below with reference to drawings.

    [0059] An exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 in the second embodiment serves to measure exhaust gas of a vehicle V in a housing called a test cell, and as shown in Fig. 5 illustrating its entire configuration, includes a chassis dynamo device X1 on which the vehicle V is placed as a sample, a first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 and a second analyzing device X3 that analyze various ingredients contained in the exhaust gas from an engine of the vehicle V, an exhaust-gas flow line L that leads the exhaust gas from the engine to the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 and the second analyzing device X3, and a central information processor X4 that receives/transmits data between a dynamo controller (not shown) for controlling the chassis dynamo device X1 and each of the exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3. The exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 further includes an automatic driving mechanism that is installed in a driver's seat of the vehicle V and has a driving arm for mechanically driving an accelerator, a brake, a shift lever, a steering wheel and so on, and an automatic driving mechanism controller that controls the automatic driving mechanism (both are not shown), and operates the driving arm according to an external control signal, thereby having the vehicle V automatically travel on the chassis dynamo device X1.

    [0060] The exhaust-gas flow line L includes a first exhaust-gas flow line L1 that leads the exhaust gas from the engine to the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 without diluting the exhaust gas, and a second exhaust-gas flow line L2 that dilutes the exhaust gas from the engine, which passes a catalyst (CAT) and is discharged from an exhaust pipe (tail pipe), through a diluting tunnel L21 and leads the diluted gas to the second exhaust-gas analyzing device X3.

    [0061] The first exhaust-gas flow line L1 has an introduction port PI that introduces the exhaust gas from the engine, one end of which is provided in the exhaust pipe, and the other end of which is connected to a connection port (not shown) of the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2. The line is a direct sampling line that directly samples the engine exhaust gas.

    [0062] The second exhaust-gas flow line L2 includes the diluting tunnel L21 that is connected to the exhaust pipe of the vehicle V and dilutes the engine exhaust gas with air, and a diluting sampling line L22 having an introduction port P2 that introduces diluted exhaust gas, one end of which is provided in the diluting tunnel L21 and the other end of which is connected to a connection port (not shown) of the second exhaust-gas analyzing device X3.

    [0063] The first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 is a measuring instrument that includes a plurality of gas analyzers having different measurement principles and can continuously measure each of ingredients such as CO, CO2, O2, HC, THC, CH4, NO, NOx contained in the engine exhaust gas. For example, the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 has an infrared-ray gas analyzer using a nondispersive infrared method (NDIR) of measuring the concentration of CO, CO2, HC, and NO, an NOX meter using chemical luminescence method (CLD) of measuring the concentration of NOX, an O2 meter using a pressure magnetic method (PMD) of measuring the concentration of O2, a THC meter using a heated hydrogen flame ionization detecting method (HFID) of measuring the concentration of THC, and a CH4 meter using a gas chromatograph/hydrogen ionization detector (GC-FID) of measuring the concentration of CH4.

    [0064] The first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 includes a computer system configured of a CPU, a memory and so on, and performs a function of communicating a control signal, data and so on with the outside.

    [0065] The second exhaust-gas analyzing device X3 is a measuring instrument that includes a plurality of gas analyzers having different measurement principles and can continuously measure each of ingredients such as THC, CH4, NO contained in the diluted exhaust gas. For example, the second exhaust-gas analyzing device X3 has an infrared-ray gas analyzer using the nondispersive infrared method (NDIR) of measuring the concentration of NO, a THC meter using the heated hydrogen flame ionization detecting method (HFID) of measuring the concentration of THC, and a CH4 meter using the gas chromatograph/hydrogen ionization detector (GC-FID) of measuring the concentration of CH4.

    [0066] The second exhaust-gas analyzing device X3 includes a computer system configured of a CPU, a memory and so on, and performs a function of communicating a control signal, data and so on with the outside.

    [0067] The central information processor X4 is, for example, computer system provided with a CPU, a memory, a communication interface, a display, input means and so on, and has a server function. The central information processor X4 is configured to receive/transmit data from/to each controller and the first and second exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 via a network NT such as LAN to perform overall control of each controller and the first and second exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3, and data management.

    [0068] For example, by providing necessary parameters such as vehicle information and a driving mode to the central information processor X4, the chassis dynamo device X1 and the automatic driving mechanism are controlled together via their controllers, the vehicle V (automobile) travels in a desired manner, and the first and second exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 operate to automatically measure exhaust gas data. Further, the exhaust gas data and driving data are managed by the central information processor X4 in an integrated fashion.

    [0069] The central information processor X4, each controller and the first and second exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 need not to be physically separated and dispersed, and as a matter of course, may be integrated partially or wholly.

    [0070] With such configuration, in the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 in this embodiment, the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2 includes an exhaust gas analysis managing device X5 for managing history information of the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100.

    [0071] The managing device X5 is, as shown in Fig. 6, a general-purpose or dedicated computer including a CPU (X501), a memory X502, an input/output interface X503, an AD converter X504, and input means X505, and the CPU (X501) and the peripheral instruments work together according to a predetermined program stored in a predetermined area of the memory X502, thereby having a display control unit X51, a screen data storing unit X52, input accepting unit X53, history-information acquiring unit X54, a history data storing unit X55, a time comparing unit X56 perform their function as shown in Fig. 7. The managing device X5 uses a display X21 of the first exhaust-gas analyzing device X2, but may have a dedicated display other than the display X21.

    [0072] The operation of the managing device X5 in conjunction with the function of each of the units X51 to X56 of the managing device X5 will be described with reference to Fig. 7 to Fig. 10.

    [0073] When the operator selects a history management setting mode by use of the input means X505, the input accepting unit X53 acquires a mode selecting signal and transmits the signal to the display control unit X51. When acquiring the mode selecting signal, the display control unit X51 acquires setting screen data indicating a processing setting screen W1 shown in Fig. 8 to Fig. 10 from the screen data storing unit X52, and displays the setting screen W1 on the display X21. Fig. 8 to Fig. 10 shows the same setting screen W1, but show different display areas varied by use of a scroll bar W11 displayed on a side in the screen.

    [0074] The setting screen W1 is a screen for setting the instrument and the operational check, which are to be managed, among the plurality of instruments constituting the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 and a plurality of items of operational check. Specifically, the setting screen W1 has item input columns ("Item Name") S1 for inputting the instrument items indicating the instruments constituting the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 or operational check items indicating the operational check of the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100.

    [0075] Examples of the instrument items include the CPU and a tubing pump of the exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 constituting the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100, and as long as operational data that indicates instrument operation/stop can be acquired from the instrument or the controller controlling the instrument, any instrument item can be set. Examples of the operational check items include basic performance check, linearization check, response check, analyzer check, CO meter interference check, CO2 meter interference check, THC meter CH4 meter relative response/O2 interference check, non-methane cutter efficiency check, NOX converter efficiency check, leak check, sample line HC hang-up check, NOX meter quenching check, HC relative response, and as long as operational check data indicating the presence/absence of implementation of the operational check can be acquired, any operational check can be set. In addition, items corresponding to the regulation prescribed in the U.S. EPA (40 CFR Part 1065) can be set in the above-mentioned set item on the setting screen W1 in this embodiment.

    [0076] The setting screen W1 further includes a setup button ("Item Setup") B1 for setting the instrument item or the operational check item inputted to the item input columns S1, history information display columns (time display columns, "Elapsed") S2 for displaying the operating history (accumulated operating time in this embodiment) of the instruments inputted to the item input columns S1 or the operational check history (elapsed time from completion of the last operational check in this embodiment) of the operational check inputted to the item input columns S1, upper limit value input columns ("Period") S3 for inputting upper limit values (warning set values) of the operating time of the instruments inputted to the item input columns S1 or upper limit values (warning set values) of the elapsed time of the operational check items inputted to the item input columns S1, warning selecting buttons ("Warning") B2 for selecting whether or not a warning is issued when the operating time or the elapsed time exceeds the upper limit value inputted to the upper limit value input column S3, unit selecting buttons ("Unit") B3 for selecting time unit of the upper limit value input columns S3, mode selecting buttons ("Count mode") B4 for selecting various modes that manage the instruments or the operational check inputted to the item input columns S1 (stand-by mode, exhaust gas measurement mode, purge mode, or combination thereof,) and reset buttons ("Reset") B5 for resetting the accumulated operating time or the accumulated interval time displayed in the time display columns S2.

    [0077] The setting screen W1 further includes a line switching button ("Line") B6 for switching display such that the setting can be made for each exhaust gas flow line (for example, the direct sampling line L1, the diluting sampling line L22, or both ("Common")). The setting screen W1 further includes a finalizing button ("OK") B7 for finalizing the setting inputted to the setting screen W1, and a closing button ("CANCEL") B8 for stopping setting input and closing the setting screen W1.

    [0078] In this embodiment, as shown in Fig. 8 and Fig. 9, as initial set items, linearization check ("Linearization"), CO2 meter interference check ("CO2 Interference"), NOx converter efficiency check ("NOx Efficiency"), leak check ("Leak Check"), sample line HC hang-up check ("HC Hangup Check"), NOx meter quenching check ("CLA Quenching Check"), HC relative response ("HC Relative Response"), CO2 meter interference check ("CO2 Interference [CFR]"), NOx converter efficiency check ("NOx Efficiency [CFR]"), leak check ("Leak Check [CFR]"), sample line HC hang-up check ("HC Hangup Check [CFR]"), NOX meter quenching check ("CLA Quenching Check [CFR]"), HC relative response ("HC Relative Response [CFR]"), and O2 meter interference check ("O2 Interference Check [CFR]") each according to regulation (CFR) of U.S. EPA, tubing pump of the exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 ("T.P."), and CPU of the exhaust-gas analyzing devices X2, X3 ("MPU") are previously displayed in the item input columns S1.

    [0079] As shown in Fig. 9 and Fig. 10, the setting screen W1 includes the plurality of item input columns S1 for inputting a plurality of user-set items other than the initial set items, and the user selects the setup button B1, thereby arbitrarily inputting an item in the item input column S1. Prior to inputting items by the user, "User Definition" is displayed in these item input columns S1.

    [0080] In the state where the setting screen W1 is displayed, the user inputs a numerical value in the upper limit value input columns S3 by use of the input means X505 such as a keyboard or a mouse to set the upper limit value. In the initial setting state, "Hours" is displayed in the unit selecting buttons B3, and "Hours" can be changed to "Days" by clicking the unit selecting buttons B3. At this time, "Days" is displayed in the unit selecting buttons B3.

    [0081] Further, the user can switch the mode of acquiring the history information among the stand-by mode ("Stand-by") prior to measurement of the exhaust gas, the exhaust gas measurement mode ("Measure"), the exhaust gas measurement and purge mode ("Measure & Purge") and all mode ("Always") by clicking the mode selecting buttons B4 by use of the input means X505 such as the keyboard or the mouse. By allowing the history information to be acquired in the stand-by mode, in the gas analyzer in which gas flows during stand-by (for example, in an FID meter, N2 gas flows), the timing of maintenance can be determined in consideration of the stand-by state.

    [0082] When various setting is completed using the setting screen W1, the operator clicks the finalizing button B7 by use of the input means X505 such as the mouse. Accordingly, the various pieces of setting data are accepted by the input accepting unit X53. Then, the various pieces of setting data are transmitted to the history-information acquiring unit X54 and the time comparing unit X56.

    [0083] When acquiring the setting data, according to the instrument items or the operational check items that correspond to the setting data, the history-information acquiring unit X54 acquires the operating history information of the instruments or the operational check history information of the operational check. Specifically, history-information acquiring unit X54 acquires the operational data indicating the instrument operational information from the instruments or controller for the instruments, management of which is set, and accumulates the operating time of each instrument from the operational data. The history-information acquiring unit X54 acquires the operational check data indicating presence/absence of implementation of the operational check, management of which is set, from the instruments to be checked or the controllers for the instruments, and measures the elapsed time from the last operational check on the basis of the operational check data.

    [0084] Then, the history-information acquiring unit X54 stores the history data of the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time thus calculated in the history data storing unit X55, and outputs the history data to the time comparing unit X56 and the display control unit X51.

    [0085] Then, the display control unit X51 displays the accumulated operating time data or the elapsed time data (history data) obtained from the history information acquiring unit X54 in the history information display columns (time display columns) S2 on the setting screen W1.

    [0086] The time comparing unit X56 compares each upper limit value obtained from the input accepting unit X53 with the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time, and when the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time exceeds the respective upper limit values, outputs comparison data indicating the fact to the display control unit X51. When acquiring the comparison data, the display control unit X51 presents indication that the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time exceeds the respective upper limit values on the setting screen W1 to the user (for example, superimposes the warning screen onto the setting screen W1, or displaying the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time exceeding the upper limit value in a red color).

    [0087] The managing device X5 is configured to reset the accumulated operating time of the instruments or the elapsed time of the operational check after the maintenance or operational check of the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 or the instruments constituting the system is performed as described above. Alternatively, the user can reset the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time by clicking the reset buttons B5 displayed on the setting screen W1 by use of the input means X505 such as the mouse.

    [0088] The exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 in this embodiment thus configured, since the history-information acquiring unit X55 acquires the operating history of the instruments set on the setting screen W1 or the operational check history of the operational check set on the setting screen W1, the operating history of the instruments constituting the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 or the operational check history of the operational check can be managed, and the instrument or operational check to be managed can be arbitrarily set by the user. Therefore, the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100 enables the user to arbitrarily select the instruments or operational check to be managed, thereby simplifying management of the exhaust-gas analyzing system X100. Since the operating history information includes the accumulated operating time, the amount of gas used in the gas analyzer can be calculated from the accumulated operating time and therefore, running costs can be also managed.

    [0089] The present invention is not limited to the second embodiment. For example, although the first exhaust-gas analyzing device has the managing device in the second embodiment, the second exhaust-gas analyzing device may have the managing device. Alternatively, since each analyzing device is connected to the central information processor via the network, the central information processor may function as the managing device.

    [0090] Although the display control unit X51 functions as an informing unit in the second embodiment, an audio output may be separately provided.

    [0091] Although the history-information acquiring unit X54 calculates the accumulated operating time as the operating history and the elapsed time as the operational check history in the second embodiment, the date and time when the operation is performed or the operational check is made may be acquired.

    [0092] On the setting screen, the input columns into which the user can make inputs by use of the input means such as the keyboard may be buttons for switching the input items by clicking with the input means such as the mouse, or the buttons for switching the input items by clicking with the input means such as the mouse may be input columns inputted with the input means such as the keyboard.

    [0093] As a matter of course, the present invention is not limited to the embodiments, and may be variously modified so as not to deviate from the subject matter. The scope of the invention is defined by the claims.

    Reference Signs List



    [0094] 

    1: Vehicle performance test system (test system)

    4: Measuring device (testing devices)

    7: Device-managing device

    45: Local accumulating unit (accumulated operating-time storing unit)

    46: Accumulated operating-time calculating unit

    73: Accepting unit

    74: Warning generating unit

    VH: Vehicle (mobile body)




    Claims

    1. A test system (1, X100) for measuring gas ingredients in sampled intake and/or exhaust gas of an internal-combustion engine, the test system (1, X100) comprising:

    a plurality of testing devices (4) used for the measuring, wherein each of the testing devices (4) comprising a plurality of components, wherein

    each of the plurality of testing devices (4) is configured to be operable in and switched among at least first and second operational modes in which at least one of the components of the testing device (4) is set to operate in the first operational mode of the testing device (4), and set to not operate while other of the components of the testing device (4) operate in the second operational mode of the testing device (4), and wherein

    each of the plurality of testing devices (4) includes a local computer that calculates a measured value indicating a concentration of each ingredient in the sampled gas;

    a device-managing device (7) communicably connected to the plurality of testing devices (4) and configured to manage the plurality of testing devices (4),

    a history-information acquiring unit (46, X54) for acquiring, for each of the plurality of testing devices (4), operating history information indicating operating history including accumulating operating time of each the plurality of components, wherein

    in accumulating the operating time of each of the plurality of components, the history-information acquiring unit (46, X54) accumulates the operating time of the component only in the operational modes for which the component is set to operate and not in the operational modes for which the component is set to not operate; and

    an accepting unit (73) for accepting setting data to set, for each of the plurality of testing devices (4), predetermined operational modes, wherein the setting data indicates whether each of the plurality of components of the testing device (4) should operate.


     
    2. The test system (1) according to claim 1, wherein the testing devices (4) are provided with the history-information acquiring unit (46) and an accumulated operating-time storing unit (45) for storing accumulated operating time calculated by the history-information acquiring unit (46).
     
    3. The test system (1) according to claim 1, wherein the device-managing device (6) further includes a warning generating unit (74) for generating a real warning when one of the accumulated operating times reaches lifetime of the respective component, and a preliminary warning when the accumulated operating time reaches a predetermined time prior to the lifetime.
     
    4. The test system (X100) according to claim 3,
    wherein the accepting unit (73) is configured to accept setting of the lifetime and/or the predetermined time.
     
    5. The test system (X100) according to claim 1, wherein the history-information acquiring unit (X54) is configured to acquire for each of the components operational check history information indicating an elapsed time from completion of a last operational check of the respective component.
     
    6. The test system (X100) according to claim 5, further comprising
    a display control unit (X51) displaying a setting screen for setting a component with operating history to be managed among the components constituting the test system (X100) or for setting an operational check of the test system with operational check history to be managed, wherein
    the history-information acquiring unit (X54) acquires operating history information indicating the operating history of the component set on the setting screen, or operational check history information indicating the operational check history of the operational check set on the setting screen.
     
    7. The test system (X100) according to claim 6, wherein:

    the setting screen has an upper limit value input column for setting an upper limit value of the accumulated operating time of the set component or the elapsed time of the set operational check; and

    the test system (X100) further comprising:

    a time comparing unit (X56) for comparing the upper limit value set by the upper limit value input column with the accumulated operating time or elapsed time acquired by the history-information acquiring unit (X54); and

    an informing unit for informing that the accumulated operating time or the elapsed time exceeds the upper limit value.


     
    8. The test system (X100) according to claim 6, wherein the display control unit (X51) is configured to display the operating history information or operational check history information acquired by the history-information acquiring unit (X54) on the setting screen.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Prüfsystem (1, X100) zum Messen von Gasbestandteilen in einem entnommenen Ansaug-und/oder Abgas eines Verbrennungsmotors, wobei das Prüfsystem (1, X100) aufweist:

    eine Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4), die für die Messung genutzt werden, wobei jede der Prüfvorrichtungen (4) eine Vielzahl von Komponenten aufweist, wobei

    jede der Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) dafür konfiguriert ist, in zumindest ersten und zweiten Betriebsmodi betreibbar zu sein und zwischen diesen umgeschaltet zu werden, worin zumindest eine der Komponenten der Prüfvorrichtung (4) darauf eingestellt ist, in dem ersten Betriebsmodus der Prüfvorrichtung (4) zu arbeiten, und darauf eingestellt ist, nicht zu arbeiten, während andere der Komponenten der Prüfvorrichtung (4) im zweiten Betriebsmodus der Prüfvorrichtung (4) arbeiten, und wobei

    jede der Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) einen lokalen Computer enthält, der einen gemessenen Wert berechnet, der eine Konzentration jedes Bestandteils im entnommenen Gas angibt;

    eine Vorrichtungen verwaltende Vorrichtung (7), die mit der Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) kommunizierbar verbunden und dafür konfiguriert ist, die Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) zu verwalten,

    eine eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (46, X54), um für jede der Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) eine Information zur Betriebshistorie zu erfassen, die eine Betriebshistorie einschließlich einer akkumulierenden Betriebszeit von jeder der Vielzahl von Komponenten angibt, wobei

    beim Akkumulieren der Betriebszeit von jeder der Vielzahl von Komponenten die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (46, X54) die Betriebszeit der Komponente nur in den Betriebsmodi, für die die Komponente eingestellt ist, um zu arbeiten, und nicht in den Betriebsmodi, für die die Komponente eingestellt ist, um nicht zu arbeiten, akkumuliert; und

    eine akzeptierende Einheit (73), um Einstellungsdaten zu akzeptieren, um für jede der Vielzahl von Prüfvorrichtungen (4) vorbestimmte Betriebsmodi einzustellen, wobei die Einstellungsdaten angeben, ob jede der Vielzahl von Komponenten der Prüfvorrichtung (4) arbeiten soll.


     
    2. Prüfsystem (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Prüfvorrichtungen (4) mit der eine Historieninformation erfassenden Einheit (46) und einer akkumulierte Betriebszeiten speichernden Einheit (45) zum Speichern einer akkumulierten Betriebszeit, die durch die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (46) berechnet wird, versehen ist.
     
    3. Prüfsystem (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Vorrichtungen verwaltende Vorrichtung (6) ferner eine eine Warnung erzeugende Einheit (74) zum Erzeugen einer echten Warnung, wenn eine der akkumulierten Betriebszeiten die Lebensdauer der jeweiligen Komponente erreicht, und einer vorläufigen Warnung, wenn die akkumulierte Betriebszeit eine vorbestimmte Zeit vor der Lebensdauer erreicht, enthält.
     
    4. Prüfsystem (X100) nach Anspruch 3,
    wobei die akzeptierende Einheit (73) dafür konfiguriert ist, eine Einstellung der Lebensdauer und/oder der vorbestimmten Zeit zu akzeptieren.
     
    5. Prüfsystem (X100) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (X54) dafür konfiguriert ist, für jede der Komponenten eine Information zur Betriebsprüfungshistorie zu erfassen, die eine verstrichene Zeit seit Abschluss einer letzten Betriebsprüfung der jeweiligen Komponente angibt.
     
    6. Prüfsystem (X100) nach Anspruch 5, ferner aufweisend
    eine Anzeigesteuerungseinheit (X51), die einen Einstellungsschirm zum Einstellen einer Komponente mit einer Betriebshistorie, die verwaltet werden soll, unter den das Prüfsystem (X100) bildenden Komponenten oder zum Einstellen einer Betriebsprüfung des Prüfsystems mit einer Betriebsprüfungshistorie, die verwaltet werden soll, anzeigt, wobei
    die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (X54) eine Information zur Betriebshistorie, die die Betriebshistorie der Komponente angibt, die auf dem Einstellungsschirm eingestellt ist, oder eine Information zur Betriebsprüfungshistorie erfasst, die die Betriebsprüfungshistorie der Betriebsprüfung angibt, die auf dem Einstellungsschirm eingestellt ist.
     
    7. Prüfsystem (X100) nach Anspruch 6, wobei:

    der Einstellungsschirm eine Eingabespalte für obere Grenzwerte aufweist, um einen oberen Grenzwert der akkumulierten Betriebszeit der eingestellten Komponente oder der verstrichenen Zeit der eingestellten Betriebsprüfung einzustellen; und

    das Prüfsystem (X100) ferner aufweist:

    eine Zeiten vergleichende Einheit (X56), um den oberen Grenzwert, der durch die Eingabespalte für obere Grenzwerte eingestellt wurde, mit der akkumulierten Betriebszeit oder verstrichenen Zeit zu vergleichen, die durch die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (X54) erfasst wird; und

    eine Mitteilungseinheit, um mitzuteilen, dass die akkumulierte Betriebszeit oder die verstrichene Zeit den oberen Grenzwert überschreitet.


     
    8. Prüfsystem (X100) nach Anspruch 6, wobei die Anzeigesteuerungseinheit (X51) dafür konfiguriert ist, die Information zur Betriebshistorie oder Information zur Betriebsprüfungshistorie, die durch die eine Historieninformation erfassende Einheit (X54) erfasst werden, auf dem Einstellungsschirm anzuzeigen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Système de test (1, X100) pour mesurer des ingrédients gazeux dans un échantillon de gaz d'admission et/ou d'échappement d'un moteur à combustion interne, le système de test (1, X100) comprenant :

    une pluralité de dispositifs de test (4) utilisés pour la mesure, dans lequel chacun des dispositifs de test (4) comprenant une pluralité de composants, dans lequel

    chacun de la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4) est configuré pour être utilisable dans et commuté entre au moins un premier et un second mode de fonctionnement dans lesquels au moins un des composants du dispositif de test (4) est réglé pour fonctionner dans le premier mode de fonctionnement du dispositif de test (4), et réglé pour ne pas fonctionner pendant que l'autre des composants du dispositif de test (4) fonctionne dans le second mode de fonctionnement du dispositif de test (4), et dans lequel

    chacun de la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4) inclut un ordinateur local qui calcule une valeur mesurée indiquant une concentration de chaque ingrédient dans l'échantillon de gaz ;

    un dispositif de gestion de dispositif (7) connecté de manière communicante à la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4) et configuré pour gérer la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4),

    une unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (46, X54) pour acquérir, pour chacun de la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4), des informations d'historique de fonctionnement indiquant l'historique de fonctionnement incluant le temps de fonctionnement cumulé de chacun de la pluralité de composants, dans lequel

    en cumulant le temps de fonctionnement de chacun de la pluralité de composants, l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (46, X54) cumule le temps de fonctionnement du composant uniquement dans les modes de fonctionnement pour lesquels le composant est réglé pour fonctionner et non dans les modes de fonctionnement pour lesquels le composant est réglé pour ne pas fonctionner ; et

    une unité d'acceptation (73) pour accepter des données de réglage pour régler, pour chacun de la pluralité de dispositifs de test (4), des modes de fonctionnement prédéterminés, dans lequel les données de réglage indiquent si chacun de la pluralité de composants du dispositif de test (4) devrait fonctionner.


     
    2. Système de test (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel les dispositifs de test (4) sont dotés de l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (46) et d'une unité de stockage de temps de fonctionnement cumulé (45) pour stocker les temps de fonctionnement cumulés calculés par l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (46).
     
    3. Système de test (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le dispositif de gestion de dispositif (6) inclut en outre une unité de génération d'avertissement (74) pour générer un avertissement réel lorsque l'un des temps de fonctionnement cumulé atteint la durée de vie du composant respectif, et un avertissement préliminaire lorsque le temps de fonctionnement cumulé atteint un temps prédéterminé avant la durée de vie.
     
    4. Système de test (X100) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel l'unité d'acceptation (73) est configurée pour accepter le réglage de la durée de vie et/ou du temps prédéterminé.
     
    5. Système de test (X100) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (X54) est configurée pour acquérir pour chacun des composants des informations d'historique de vérification de fonctionnement indiquant un temps écoulé depuis la réalisation d'une dernière vérification de fonctionnement du composant respectif.
     
    6. Système de test (X100) selon la revendication 5, comprenant en outre
    une unité de commande d'affichage (X51) affichant un écran de réglage pour régler un composant avec l'historique de fonctionnement à gérer parmi les composants constituant le système de test (X100) ou pour régler une vérification de fonctionnement du système de test avec l'historique de vérification de fonctionnement à gérer, dans lequel
    l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (X54) acquiert des informations d'historique de fonctionnement indiquant l'historique de fonctionnement du composant réglé sur l'écran de réglage, ou des informations d'historique de vérification de fonctionnement indiquant l'historique de vérification de fonctionnement de la vérification de fonctionnement réglée sur l'écran de réglage.
     
    7. Système de test (X100) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel :

    l'écran de réglage a une colonne de saisie de valeur limite supérieure pour régler une valeur limite supérieure du temps de fonctionnement cumulé du composant réglé ou du temps écoulé de la vérification de fonctionnement réglée ; et

    le système de test (X100) comprenant en outre :

    une unité de comparaison de temps (X56) pour comparer la valeur limite supérieure réglée par la colonne de saisie de valeur limite supérieure avec le temps de fonctionnement cumulé ou le temps écoulé acquis par l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (X54) ; et

    une unité d'information pour informer que le temps de fonctionnement cumulé ou le temps écoulé dépasse la valeur limite supérieure.


     
    8. Système de test (X100) selon la revendication 6, dans lequel l'unité de commande d'affichage (X51) est configurée pour afficher les informations d'historique de fonctionnement ou les informations d'historique de vérification de fonctionnement acquises par l'unité d'acquisition d'informations d'historique (X54) sur l'écran de réglage.
     




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