Whether an intended ‘product’ is a prototype for R&D purposes, or will be manufactured in any volume, design and test are iterative. A CAN interface or CAN logger can play an important part within an iterative test routine. In the early design phase, a CAN interface or data logger might have a role within a HIL test solution, simulating part of the system under test. For example, a design team developing a new instrument panel for a truck might need to simulate the inputs, in the absence of the rest of the system being readily available. In a later phase, they might be tracking down intermittent hardware and software bugs under different test conditions.
This cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing and refining a product or process places specific demands on any test equipment, particularly hardware that follows a product from the lab to field test. In University research, this is often the case, so when choosing a CAN interface or data logger, it’s important to ensure that it is up to the task by prioritizing quality and reliability.