Upgrading Alstom BTE Functional Test Systems with PXI

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Summary SNCF railway in France maintains a wide range of electronic assemblies which are part of the Alstom train sets operated by SNCF. In the mid to late 1990’s, Alstom deployed their BTE (Bench Test Equipment) which incorporated Geotest’s (now Marvin Test Solutions) GTXI systems to a wide range of train set operators in world-wide locations. Working with Accelonix, an integrator based in Paris, SNCF was able to upgrade their existing Alstom depot repair test sets and programs based on the PXI platform.
This technical brief provides an overview of how SNCF railway in France was able to update their current Alstom BTE (Bench Test Equipment) platforms to PXI.

SNCF maintains a wide range of electronic assemblies which are part of the Alstom train sets operated by SNCF. The BTE platform incorporated Geotest’s (now Marvin Test Solutions) GTXI systems and was deployed in world-wide locations. These test sets, which are now over 15 years old, have reached end of life, requiring railway operators to look at upgrade solutions that can be used to continue servicing Alstom’s AGATE (Advanced Generic Alstom Transport Electronics) family of electronic control units. Marvin Test Solutions (MTS) worked with Accelonix, an integrator in Paris, France to upgrade and convert SNCF's existing GTXI systems and ATEasy programs to MTS’ GX7100 PXI platform.

The resulting upgrades provided SNCF with greatly improved test performance and maintainability. Key benefits included:
  • Up to 60% test time reduction
  • Simple program conversion and retention of existing user interface by leveraging ATEasy’s backward compatibility
  • A modern test platform (PXI) architecture, providing a cost effective extension of the test system’s life cycle
To read more about this solution download our test solutions technical brief.
Article Date 2/13/2014 9:33:56 AM     Updated: 3/25/2014 12:49:51 PM
Keywords GTXI, Alstom, AGATE, BTE, SNCF, railway test, PXI

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