Trek Bicycle Corporation considers themselves one of the premier biking companies in the world. They were looking for new automation controls at their Engineering Test Lab in Wisconsin. They needed high speed analog acquisition, digital acquisition, digital outputs, network capabilities and serial port capabilities; they needed controls to handle very tight tolerances on bicycle testing equipment.
Trek’s test lab is paramount to producing their top-level, high performance bicycle products. They use their testing equipment for datalogging, data collection and for making improvements to ensure that new models are designed and built to the highest quality standards. One system was a framed, low cycle fatigue tester, that bends the frames back and forth 100,000 times at a specific load, measuring the displacement, to see if it will withstand a lifetime of stress.