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Can in-line testing be done without human operators?

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.

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