The STARS test automation platform has been developed by SRH Systems Ltd, the joint venture by HORIBA and Ricardo, to provide the base upon which a harmonized family of global automation systems and tools may be built. A service based architecture which is highly scalable was adopted in STARS. Whilst the underlying services and database structure are common to all applications and tools, each can superimpose its own user interface and application functionality. All STARS workstation systems can be connected to a STARS cluster server for on-line sharing of configuration and results data. A STARS application suite, where the added value of STARS is expected to be delivered, provides an integrated package of test functionality. By means of the application suites, customers can acquire and immediately apply advanced applications know-how.
Until recently HORIBA and Schenck were selling and supporting many different test automation systems for engine, driveline, brake and chassis dynamometer testing - not an ideal situation. With this background in mind, SRH Systems, the joint venture by HORIBA, Ricardo and Schenck (at that time), was established with the objective of developing a single, global test automation platform upon which harmonized solutions for engine, driveline, brake and vehicle testing could be built. Six years later, STARS test automation platform is the result of this initiative. This article describes the architecture of the STARS platform and introduces some of the automation systems, controllers, options and tools which have been developed on this platform.