VCATSVisually Coupled Acquisition and Targeting System
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With Ford Motor Company's announcement that Halewood will also be producing the Land Rover Freelander 2, the factory required an all-new version of VCATS to cope with the brand new vehicles as well as the evolving X-Type.
Jon Whitehead at Teradyne, who oversaw the installation of the new generation of VCATS, explains the benefits of the system:
The VCATS system comprises of a number of networked test stations running from a readily accessible clustered SQL database.
Jaguar manufacturing engineers use Teradyne's VCATS Databay web interface to accurately modify the sequencing of the tests and the test parameters.
GenRad has worked closely with this motor vehicle manufacturer for a few years and was originally awarded the contract to write the technical specification for the VCATS project in October 1994.