What are the Challenges in Automotive Leak Testing?

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As the technology for AV & EV vehicles continues to rapidly advance, automotive design engineers are having to re-think automotive design. “Out of the box” thinking – literally and figuratively – is the order of the day if automotive vehicles – trucks, passenger vehicles, buses, taxis and more – no longer must think first and foremost of enabling a human driver to see and navigate the road.

The challenge of leak testing for the automotive industry is geared more towards manufacturing engineers and answering the question of – How can the components used for AV & EV vehicle designs be brought to market quickly and inexpensively?

Electric & Autonomous Leak Testing Solution

The way to approach challenges that arise from electric & autonomous vehicle leak testing quickly and accurately is by using InterTech M1075 leak test technology, long perfected for assuring leak testing integrity of sealed packages. These superior instruments have unsurpassed test accuracies with optimal GR&R.

InterTech M1075 Leak Testers have proprietary leak test circuit designs incorporating patented mass flow solid-state sensors at their core.

These sensors are tuned for the demanding requirements of IP67 rated products.

• Instruments are Ethernet IP capable
• On-board data logging & analysis helps meet current risk management requirements
• Barcode scanner interface capabilities assure product traceability
• An automated R&R Mode facilitates machine qualification and audit traceability

To learn more about the challenges in automotive leak testing and how the components used for AV & EV vehicle designs can be brought to the market more quickly and inexpensively, contact us today!


Leak Detector That Meets Manufacturing Functional Testing Requirements

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Manufacturing Functional Testing Challenges

Manufacturers want instrumentation designed to manage all their functional testing requirements. For high volume leak and functional testing they want instrumentation that simplifies integration with in-house networks. This includes integration to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP). Instrumentation must transfer data bi-directionally, quickly change parameters and offer full traceability.

Simplified Testing Solution

InterTech’s M-1075 is a full line of ethernet IP leak testers that is compatible for control of test cycles and transmission of test results to a PLC or a central server.

Providing seamless communication between test devices, InterTech instrumentation enables adjustment of test parameters that might rely on a prior test and allows high volume leak and functional testing. Additionally, corporate data networks can be linked for real time analysis of test results and corrective action of a process without production downtime.

The M-1075 is proudly designed to be a leak detector that meets all manufacturing functional testing requirements. Software enables the end user Lean Manufacturing, Process Performance Improvement, and Cost Improvement business transformation initiatives.

To learn more about our ethernet IP leak tester and how it is made to manage all of your high volume leak and functional testing requirements, contact the team at IDC today!


Oil and Air Testing Know-how by InterTech Dev Co.

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The Challenge

ISO 16949 quality assurance requirements, for a wide range of automotive parts such as solenoid valves, involve rigorous functional tests for engineering development, audit testing and production line testing. These automotive parts do not require just one test to assure proper function, but several. For example, many oil control valves usually include more than a dozen tests such as coil resistance, flow vs current, hysteresis, and leakage.

In some cases, hydraulic testing, usually with oil, is the best-match method to handle the wide range of functional test specifications that must be measured to acceptable Gauge R&R. In others, simpler air test methods are preferable.

Knowing which test mode to choose – air or hydraulic – requires a deep understanding of test methods, production line realities, and other application requirements.

The InterTech Solution – Some Test Process Features

Hydraulic Testing:

• Temperature controls for consistent viscosity.
• Audit testing to 150 DegC practical
• Circuit designs eliminate aeration problems.
• In-line filtration prevents test circuit contamination.

Air Testing:

• Parts remain clean and dry
• Fast and accurate testing
• Lower capital investment and tooling cost
• All results in a more competitive ROI

Unique Features

• InterTech M1075 Functional Test Instrument provides real-time test graph results of functional tests and test results with accept or reject status.
• Modular design simplifies removal, replacement or addition of standard stations for maximum flexibility
• Testing software enables remote monitoring of all assembly and test operations in real time over a factory intranet or the Internet, with advanced process control systems.
• Modular design simplifies removal, replacement or addition of standard stations for maximum flexibility.