Are Your Leak Tests Being Slowed by Long Stabilization Phases in Test Cycles?

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The InterTech Solution

InterTech’s patented mass flow sensor technology used in leak test systems combined with Ex-Heat® and FastFill® significantly reduces stabilization time and overall test cycle time for these large volume (4.5 Litre) parts to 22 seconds.

Depending on part configuration, stabilization times can be reduced up to 50%.

Showcasing leading Edge Leak Test Equipment

Superior Mass Flow Sensor Technology

Unlike generic test instruments, InterTech’s mass flow leak testers use patented sensors that are tuned to perform optimally and most sensitively within the test parameters required for testing these large volume windshield reservoirs.

InterTech’s Ex-Heat®

InterTech’s proprietary Ex-Heat® technology is used to reduce stabilization times during mass flow leak testing of these large volume parts. InterTech’s Ex-Heat® eliminates the need for cumbersome filler blocks and simplifies test system design.

InterTech FastFill®

Test times are further minimized by use of InterTech’s FastFill® test circuit designs. FastFill® is proprietary technology to introduce air quickly into the part being leak tested without creating harmful turbulence

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Are your Medical Device Manufacturing Methods Liability-Proof?

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The Challenge

  • Have the hermetic seals, required for your medical product to remain aseptic been compromised during the manufacturing process?
  • Have manufacturing steps such as welding unwittingly introduced blockages that prevent a device from functioning as designed?
  • Are your products sufficiently leak-proof such that contaminants are kept out permanently and that sterilization steps are not undone?

The InterTech Solution

Knowing what data to collect to document GMPs and the best test methods to use, to both gather this test data and use it to drive efficiency in test-intensive medical device and medical product manufacture, requires a sophisticated understanding of test methods and the latest patented technologies available for test-intensive leak and functional test methods.

An InterTech M1075 Leak Tester tests plastic medical bags of various sizes at a pressure of 35 kPa (5 psig) to detect 0.5 sccm leaks that are equivalent to leaks from a 5 micron hole.

A GR&R of less than 10%, is achieved, meeting ISO 13485 requirements.

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IP67 Protection Requirements for Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Components

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IP67 protection requirements for AV & EV components are mastered using InterTech’s long proven and technically superior leak test instrumentation. InterTech’s leak test instrumentation not only utilizes advanced mass flow sensor technology tuned for sealed package leak testing requirements, but also superior test circuit designs with optional patented add-ons such as Ex-Heat™ for large part testing or test-circuit built-ins for high-precision temperature compensation.

Users of InterTech test instrumentation also get the competitive advantages of streamlined leak testing with quickest response times, fast recovery from gross leaks (transducer saturation), testing that is independent of variations in supply pressure, and constant cycling from ambient pressure to test pressure, among other benefits.

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Big Data Analytics and Leading Edge Leak Testing Instrumentation

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Many Manufacturing Industries including Automotive and Medical Device face a growing number of challenges and pressures. Cost pressure, competition, globalization, market shifts, and volatility are all increasing.

At the same time, big data and analytics today offer many possibilities for tackling these and many other challenges they face.

Efforts to streamline processes and optimize supply chains can be supported by examining every process component and supply chain link in detail. Big Data analytics give manufacturers this capability.

IDC offers know-how in seamless integration and innovation within the manufacturing environment in Leak Detection with its range of products, supplier management capability, and data transparency and reliability. 

IDC offers industry-leading quality management solutions that enables Big Data analysis and a path to better quality management.

 

 

 

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How to speed up Leak Testing of Medical Bags!

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The Challenge:

The uses for plastic medical bags– long a staple of modern medical care—continue to multiply. Remaining competitive and maintaining market share as the demand for these products grows relies on driving down costs and speeding up production lines. Medical bags come in various sizes and configurations—some relatively large volume; some with closures that allow precise metering of pharmaceutical deliveries; all needing to be leak-proof at precise pressure conditions, usually to a very stringent standard.

The InterTech Solution:

Leak testing medical bags quickly and accurately is enabled by using InterTech MED 75 leak test technology. These superior MED 75 test instruments have unsurpassed test accuracies with optimal GR&R have proprietary leak test circuit designs incorporating patented mass flow solid state sensors at their core.

This medical bag testing with MED 75 technology allows: direct measurement of leakage flows; accuracy & repeatability; fast response and recovery times; consistent test results that are independent of variations in line pressures; mean time between failure measured in years of operation; NIST traceability & on-site calibration.

InterTech MED 75 leak test technology

Medical Bags / Medical Applications

Test Process and Solution:

InterTech’s family of Med75 instruments are uniquely suited to meet the demanding requirements of the medical products industry.

Additional Features

  • An automated R&R Mode facilitates machine qualification and audit traceability
  • Instruments are Ethernet IP capable
  • On-board data logging & analysis helps meet current risk management requirements
  • Barcode scanner interface capabilities assures product traceability
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Can in-line testing be done without human operators?

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Answer: YES!

A growing number of leading global manufacturers with test-intensive assembly lines fully incorporate robots to allow for automatic and untended operations.

The Challenge

Remaining competitive in today’s global marketplace now means finding ways to fully integrate robotics into manufacturing and assembly operations. When assembly lines are robotics-ready, more reliable robots not only expedite loading and unloading of parts, but also make quicker and more accurate calibrations.

Testing automotive transfer cases are typical of applications where robotics-ready test assemblies are more competitive by eliminating both costs for human operators, and the inaccuracies in calibration testing inherent in manually loaded parts. These are products that not only need to be leak tested to assure proper operation, but also usually come in multiple configurations requiring changes in tooling.

Test-intensive assembly lines

Testing automotive transfer cases

Two test stations are designed to accommodate easy entry by the robot. An InterTech M1075 Mass Flow Leak Detector controls the testing and minimizes cycle time while meeting 10% GR&R

Key Features

  • InterTech FastFill® technology fills large volume parts faster than conventional leak testers.
  • Universal fixture eliminates downtime.
  • InterTech M1075y Leak Detector displays test data in real time.
  • Automated R&R mode facilitates scheduled machine qualification and audit traceability.
  • EtherNet/IP compatible.

InterTech’s improvements to electronic mass-flow sensing makes our technology more practical for dry air leak testing in factory environments, by maintaining high measurement accuracy across a wider range of operating conditions.

Contact IDC for application details

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Medical device manufacturers and their suppliers worldwide depend on InterTech Expertise

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Mass Flow Leak Testing provides a direct measurement of leakage independent of pressure and volume. Faster shorter cycle times will produce an instantaneous measurement of flow at the end of stabilization. No further delays waiting for pressure decay. Mass flow leak testing can be used in both upstream and downstream modes, under pressure and vacuum conditions.

InterTech has pioneered this patented technology by developing a flow transducer that can measure leakage to less than 0.05 sccm, for test volumes from 1 cc to more than 5 liters while meeting GR&R of less than 5%.

Calibration is NIST traceable using a transfer standard such as a CalMaster or a calibrated orifice which can be connected to the panel mounted calibration port. A menu driven sequence results in the independent calibration of the instrument’s zero and span.

 

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