'Intelligent' data system from Cranfield & Gould

UK instrumentation specialist Cranfield Intelligent Instruments in Bedford is now supplying the latest 'intelligent' version of its 'CardCorder' data-acquisition system to the factory AMG Mercedes-Benz team in Germany's DTM series, in association with Gould Nicolet Messtechnik

'Intelligent' data system from Cranfield & Gould

CII appointed its larger US counterpart, Gould Instrument Systems in Madison, WI, as an international distributor to take advantage of its extensive worldwide marketing and technical support network. The first German motorsport project undertaken by the joint venture, the AMG application is also the first to use the latest 'CardCorder' features which, claims CII, set the software apart from the relatively basic recorders normally used in motorsport.

CII is a division of the Cranfield Impact Centre company, which is itself owned by Cranfield University. Mike Bessant, the director of its School of Industrial & Manufacturing Science, commented: "AMG selected the CII 'CardCorder' because it provides a level of performance normally associated with much larger and delicate systems commonly found in research laboratories."

AMG's system can process information from the computer network aboard the CLK-DTM-2002 racecar as well as a range of instrumentation sensors. For example, it can be programmed by the user to recognise specific anomalies (such as an intermittent engine misfire) and analyse the resultant data. Such 'intelligent' techniques not only reduce the amount of storage, but also the time required to present information to busy race and development engineers.

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