Fuel Pumps

On a recent project, ATC was faced with the challenge of designing, building and integrating an end-of-line tester which would allow our customer to verify the functionality and accuracy of the fuel level sensors. With the advances made in gas tank design, manufacturers are faced with assembling and testing fuel pumps that can generate constant fuel fl ow and deliver accurate fuel level readings. This is done while ensuring all seals comply with OSHA gas emission standards and that safety and environmental concerns are properly addressed.

By working closely with our customer, Automation Tool's design and build team implemented a series of lean cells which assembled and tested the final parts verifying the functionality and accuracy of fuel level sensors. This final testing and critical part tracking ensured that only quality parts reached the end customer.

Electronic Throttle Bodies

Recently, ATC partnered with a customer who challenged us to build an assembly and test system for their electronic throttle body line. The system we developed had to offer flexibility, maintain workflow and improve cycle time. Another challenge: implementing vital testing stations from which data could be collected and stored, since recording these results is vital to the manufacturer in the event of a failure or product recall.

To that end, ATC implemented a flexible nonsynchronous pallet line capable of maintaining necessary workflow and high volume production. The throttle bodies progressed along the pallet and into the test stations, which were equipped with custom Visual Basic code written by ATC Controls Engineers. This recorded, logged and stored necessary test data as the parts moved throughout the assembly and test process.

Fuel Rails

This past year, ATC integrated a new leak test technology that not only identifies leak location, but provides real-time feedback to immediately adjust the process before problems start. Since leak testing parameters are so vital to fuel rail manufacturers, we knew that this would be no ordinary application. Leak testing technology of the past was not able to accommodate their needs, so we offered them an out-of-the-box solution utilizing the latest in leak testing technology.

By incorporating the new Falcon Leak Test System developed by a team of experts at TASI, we were able to address the issue most important to our customer - reducing defective parts and faulty processes. Since the Falcon eliminates the variables that typically challenge other leak test technologies, we were able to provide our customer with the ability to detect defective parts on the spot.