we want to be able to run SimPlant on the teststand, test our new controls algorithms, test watchdogs, and any other software upgrades. Ideally in the steady state it will run some plants with suspensions and cavities and we will develop our measurement scripts on there also (e.g. IFOtest).
I keep getting confused about the purpose of the teststand. The view I am adopting going forward is its use as a platform for testing the compatibility of new hardware upgrade, instead of thinking of it as an independent system that works with old hardware.