The Plant Link S.L. Engine Module Testers are designed to program and
test Electronic Engine Control modules (ECUs). The equipment can erase
and reprogram the ECU calibrations (control software held in Flash memory).
This new generation of Engine Module Testers are able to perform an extensive
number of tests on the module, mirroring most of the tests used in ECU
manufacture. The latest equipment designed for Ford was set up to automatically
detect, test and reprogram more than 1000 variations of ECU modules and
calibrations. In fact there is no limit to the number of variations they
- Comprehensive test sequence reproduces 70% of all tests used in
the original ECU manufacturing line
- Option to recalibrate ECU (reprograms internal Flash memory contained
in ECU module)
- New ECU revisions downloaded via Internet
- Pre-programmed with more than 1000 versions of ECU modules & engine
- Totally automatic - bar code reader recognises ECU, selects correct
test program & initiates test
- Employ Smart Card security
Engine Module Testers - Performance & Characteristics
The units come with customised hardware and software that is intuitive
and simple to use. It can be easily updated to test new calibrations,
new modules and new module families. The Plant Link S.L. Proprietary Test
Programming Language makes it a very simple task to create new tests or
modify existing ones.
- 100% Correlation: A comparison of the 2001
test results from the Plant Link S.L. Engine Module Tester located at
Ford in Genk and the tests carried out on the same modules returned
to the original plant of manufacture (The Visteon Plant in Cadiz) show
a 100% correlation.
- Ease of Use: Ease of use is a major design
feature. Great attention has been given to the presentation of screen
information to make it simple, intuitive and obvious to understand.
New operators can be fully trained in less than 5 minutes.
- Bar Code Reader: A single pass of the hand
held bar code reader collects the serial number and initiates testing.
No manual data entry is required. However, manual data entry is retained
as an option.
- Module Test: The equipment automatically determines
the module type from the serial number and selects the appropriate test
program for that particular ECU. Test results are recorded in individual
- Log Files: These store a full set of test results
for every module. The information is readily available by opening a
purpose built display window.
- Printer: Test results are available as a file
or printed by module serial number.
- Security: Smart Card Security is used to protect
module key codes. Only designated operators can use the equipment.
- FTC: The test equipment makes use of Visteon's
FTC (Functional Test Code) stored in the module flash memory to activate
and deactivate the outputs of the module, to read input port status
and to clear the PATs parameters stored in NVM Ram, etc. If the FTC
is not present in the module flash memory, the test equipment can program
a temporary FTC in the calibration zone and remove it after the tests
Engine Module Testers - Maintenance & Software
- Calibration: A major design goal was to eliminate
the need for regular manual calibration. This was achieved by using high
stability components in critical applications and by automated self calibration.
- Diagnostics: A quick functional test is performed
at start up. Extensive and automated self diagnostics are part of the
software supplied. This feature performs a very thorough verification
of equipment operation including: communications to every card, voltages
of all power supplies and output current and voltage of the variable
voltage, variable current regulators. It continues with a full system
functional test, checks correct operation of each switching matrix relay
on every matrix card and verifies correct function of all module loads.
If required, this feature can be run by Plant Link S.L. engineers via
the remote link.
- Remote Link: The equipment can be controlled
and run remotely via internet or direct phone connection. Software updates,
diagnostics and repairs can be performed by an engineer located hundreds
or thousands of miles away. This function is available by simply plugging
in to a standard phone socket.
- Software Updates: For new modules, etc. Can
be performed in a few minutes via the remote link. Alternatively it is
a simple task for a user to install from a CD, or by emailed file. Self
installing updates can be provided by Plant Link S.L.
- Test Modification: This can be done during normal
operation by altering the appropriate text file containing the test program.
Test parameters are written in simple English and can be altered by typing
over the values listed. For example, it is a few seconds work to alter
test voltages, currents, test limits, or test sequence.
- Plant Link S.L. Test Programming Language: A
Test Programming Language developed by Plant Link S.L. is provided with
the equipment. The language is very simple to use and existing programs
can be modified with a few minutes work. The creation of new test programs
is a very easy task using the included "Users Programming Guide."
- Reliability: System reliability was designed
in to the equipment at every stage of its development. High stability
components have been used where ever a benefit could be gained. Purpose
built printed circuit boards, microprocessors and integrated electronics
are used to minimise internal wiring and connectors. The internal PC
is a very reliable industrial product.
- Self Installing CDs: A self installing CD is
provided with the system. This can re-install all system software on
to a blank hard drive. System software updates and programs for new ECU
modules can be obtained from Plant Link S.L. as self installing CDs.
These are for updating equipment already in use at customer sites. Existing
software, files, test results, etc already on the equipment would not
- Manuals: A users manual is provided with each
piece of equipment. Also included is a "Users Programming Guide," for
use with the Plant Link S.L. Test Programming Language.
- Modular Hardware: Cards developed by Plant
Link S.L.. They can be extracted from the front of the equipment for
inspection or replacement. The cards use the industry standard Eurocard
format and are part of a family of boards designed by Plant Link S.L.
to meet automotive application needs.
- Support: Plant Link S.L. engineers are available
for development of new programs and product maintenance. Using the remote
link facility software additions, modifications or updates can be achieved
with in hours of a first request. A complete stock of spare cards is
kept at Plant Link S.L.