The gearbox tester was designed to test the Azimuth Drive Unit (ADU) for a missile launcher. The ADU is the horizontal position controller for the launcher. It consists of a main drive shaft, a manual drive shaft and an output drive shaft. This system uses a multi-axis motion controller to operate.
The tester is fully automatic, the operator simply installs the unit and executes the test. The test automatically verifies the unit's functional capibilities according to the customer's specifications. A data report is printed at the end of a test execution. All data is printed at the end of a test execution. All data was also stored in a local database and can be retrieved at anytime through the test software.
A manual mode is also implemented to allow engineers to run design verification tests that may not be covered in the acceptance test procedure. The manual mode allows the engineers to vary load and speed on any and all axis.