Advanced leak testing systems — used both in-line and for audits of a wide range of New Energy Vehicle

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Makers of Battery Operated Electric Vehicles (BEV) are always up against the extreme heat gain intrinsic to battery operation.  Without an effective electronics cooling technology of some type, battery life is short-lived.  Any and all designs for electronics cooling, in turn, rely on coolant system integrity.

Hydrogen powered electric vehicles must similarly safeguard the integrity of the fuel cell components operating at high pressures by mastering leak-proof sealing technologies. Similar to the Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) components of many plug-in hybrid vehicles, leak testing must contend with the real-world high pressure conditions in which components must reliably function.

Add to this alphabet soup of New Energy Vehicles (NEV), the demands that makers of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) face in ensuring absolutely fail-proof package integrity of sealed electronics critical for cameras, radar and lidar technology.

InterTech test instruments can handle the extremely high pressure test conditions required for GDI components used in plug-in hybrid designs – contact us for key design reports in this evolving area.


Electric? Hydrogen? Hybrid? Autonomous? Or Something Else Again?

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With so much money and R&D effort going into battery powered vehicles (BEV), does that mean hydrogen fueled transport is dead?

A consensus is building that perhaps the best approach will be to match the type of vehicle with the type of use. For example, battery EVs may be the best approach for city buyers to replace petrol cars. But more expensive Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), powered by hydrogen, might replace diesel trucks, buses, and large SUVs because BEVs – or at least the designs of today—have too many batteries and take too long to charge.

It’s useful to remember that a hydrogen vehicle is still an electric vehicle that just uses a different mechanism to generate electricity for propulsion.

What is also clear to the deep bench of leak test engineering expertise at InterTech Development Company is also that the success of ALL of the New Energy Vehicle designs on the drawing board or in production, hinge, in part, on best GR&R leak testing technology.


Microleak testing technology is used for both in-line testing and audit requirements for a wide range of life science products

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InterTech Development Company’s mass flow leak test systems, enable medical technology innovators and pharmaceutical processors to immediately ramp up production of test systems and drugs to the warp speeds the pandemic requires.

IDC meets stringent leak test standards and achieved to typical limits of 8 microliters/minute (0.008 sccm) – the equivalent hole size of 0.5 microns—with testing times of less than two seconds.

The success of these InterTech test technologies is manifest in a wide range of applications—medical devices, high precision automotive components.


Deterministic InterTech Leak Test Technology

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When it comes to scaling production of leak-proof pharmaceutical processing solutions, rapid test systems, and oxygen delivery systems…read recent IDC design reports and SD updates.

  • InterTech’s patented test technology eliminates the errors (both false positives and false negatives) inherent in previously used pressure testing methods.

    Microleak testing technology

  • Time-to-market for high throughput manufacture of fast clinical testing instruments was reduced by 50%.
  • Product quality traceability is assured by deterministic InterTech leak test technology that eliminates potential for lapses in human operator judgements over entire product lifecycle.
  • A leading manufacturer of COVID-19 rapid testing systems has been able to triple production to help meet the demands of this global emergency

Unsurpassed patented test technologies: superior mass flow test sensors; test sensor designs; and unique test fixtures

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InterTech’s Test Engineering Team has created turnkey test systems to verify coolant system integrity of BEVs, high pressure leak testing for both hydrogen-powered vehicles (FCEV) and GDI components in Plug in Hybrid EVs (PHEV) designs, and IP67 compliant sealed package testing for the electronics controls of autonomous vehicles (lidar, radar, and cameras.

InterTech test instruments can also handle the extremely high pressure test conditions required for GDI components used in plug-in hybrid designs.