Issue: Oct 2016


INFICON Displays Latest Leak Detection Technology At ATE



Electric vehicle battery testing will be a discussion topic at the expo

by James Hilton

INFICON is showcasing the auto industry's most advanced refrigerant and fuel leak detection systems at the 13(th) annual Automotive Testing Expo (ATE) on Oct. 25-27 in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

 

The company also will be polling visitors to its exhibit (Booth #11014) on the need for leak detection systems to test high-voltage automotive batteries.

 

"Currently there are no standards for leak testing batteries used on electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles," said Thomas Parker, INFICON's North American automotive market sales manager. "The industry needs to learn more about the leak detection challenges that will be facing battery manufacturers, auto suppliers and their customers."

 

Technology on display at INFICON's booth will include the company's Ecotec E3000 Multi-Gas Sniffer Leak Detector, its Sensistor Sentrac Hydrogen Leak Detector and a unique "bubbleizer" leak-size demonstrator. The three-day technology forum takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace and features some of the world's leading automotive test technologies and equipment.

 

INFICON's multi-gas sniffer leak detector, Ecotec E3000(®) is designed to test the latest high-pressure fuel systems, as well as air conditioning systems that use new potentially flammable refrigerants. Ecotec E3000 is suited for the final testing of A/C as well as fuel systems in an industrial 24/7 environment. An Ecotec E3000 can simultaneously detect fuel and refrigerants, as well as helium or hydrogen and is not affected by other materials such as spilled washer or coolant fluids.

 

Manufacturers can cover a wide variety of test requirements with INFICON's Sensistor Sentrac® Hydrogen Leak Detector. The sniffing device can handle manual and robot-assisted leak detection in environments with high levels of tracer gas, providing both selectivity and sensitivity.

 

INFICON's Bubbleizer display provides a side-by-side comparison of leaks of 0.01, 0.1, 1.0 and 10 sccm (standard cubic centimeters per minute) in water-filled glass cylinders. A crack 15 microns wide by 1.5 mm long leaks at a rate of 0.003 sccm and is undetectable with a water-bubble test. The same leak can easily be found with a helium leak detector.

 

For those interested in learning more about leak detection, INFICON has published a 51-page e-book titled "Leak Testing in the Automotive Industry: A Comprehensive Guide to Leak Detection". It is available free-of-charge from the company's website.

 

ABOUT INFICON

INFICON is one of the world's leading developers, producers and suppliers of instruments and devices for leak detection in air conditioning, refrigeration and automotive manufacturing. The company has manufacturing facilities in Europe, China and the United States, as well as sales and service offices throughout the world. More information about INFICON automotive technology is available online at www.inficonautomotive.com.

 



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