Importance of Support Contracts

Importance of Support Contracts

Many people question the value of contracts but only consider support when things go wrong. In this blog post we discuss how you can save money if things go wrong, save time when help is needed and make money by increasing efficiency.

Managing Risks During Project Management

Managing Risks During Project Management

There are many sources of risk in a project, such as change in scope, resource constraints, material constraints, incorrect estimates, misalignment of expectations, etc.  The ability to manage those risks is one of the ten mandatory competencies every project manager must have.

The Future of Testing is (High Voltage) Electric

The Future of Testing is (High Voltage) Electric

As the global interest for clean energy alternatives increases within the automotive industry, so does the requirement of efficiently storing electricity. The latest trends in electric vehicle technology have led to the development of high-voltage storage solutions, all backed by the need for increased efficiency and quicker charge times.

Aeration vs Cavitation

Aeration vs Cavitation

Apart from the ingress of debris, the greatest danger to any design of a pump is cavitation. The phenomenon can be found in centrifugal (i.e. impeller) or positive displacement (i.e. gear, gerotor or vane) pumps, in both oil and coolant applications. Excessive cavitation can lead to erosion damage. It is important to understand how cavitation occurs as there are some misconceptions and confusion on this topic.

Safety Functions your Test System NEEDS to Have

Safety Functions your Test System NEEDS to Have

As we know, testing is imperative to ensuring that powertrain components perform to the expectations of the end consumer. That said, this is not always a safe process.

Machines used to verify component performance are quite powerful and can present safety risks along with them. As a manager, you don’t want to see any members of your team hurt. As an operator, you want to make it home every night as healthy as you were when you left. This is why we are highlighting the most important safety functions to have built into your testing equipment.

Exploring Additive Manufacturing

Exploring Additive Manufacturing

We started with two questions: Are automotive companies researching and testing additive manufacturing? If so, then what steps are they taking to implement this into their projects going forward? UW's Lisa Brock informed of the several industry-leading companies that are currently conducting case studies and even implementing additive manufacturing to their portfolio.

Methods of Introducing Air into Oil

Methods of Introducing Air into Oil

There are a number of ways to introduce air into the oil to obtain a certain level of aeration. There are two predominant methods for achieving oil aeration: suction port t-fitting and direct injection.

Engine Oil Pump Maintenance Testing

Engine Oil Pump Maintenance Testing

Whether you are taking a first venture into component testing or have existing test apparatus that needs to be revamped, ATA has fully customizable and scalable test system solutions. One leading producer of oil pumps needed to retrofit and modernize their existing engine oil pump maintenance testing.

Engine Oil Pump Production Testing

Engine Oil Pump Production Testing

ATA Inc. was awarded a project from an existing client to build mobile test systems for production verification testing on six different engine oil pump models. We delivered on the client's needs for an accurate and interchangeable tool to verify pump performance and functionality using a grouping layout for the individual test cells, and by employing laser marking stations.

Engine Oil Pump Performance Testing

Engine Oil Pump Performance Testing

ATA was selected by a new client to build a turn-key Oil Pump ECT system to benchmark the performance of existing and future pump models. The client was a premier international manufacturer of powertrain automotive components.

Engine Oil Pump Durability Testing

Engine Oil Pump Durability Testing

For its Engine Oil Pumps, this client needed the most cost effective solutions to test the durability and endurance of existing and future designs of pump models. To maximize test throughput and efficiency, we offered the client dual test bays allowing for concurrent changeovers and capable of running endurance tests that are 1000 hours or more in duration.

Hydraulic Pump SAE J2311 Testing

Hydraulic Pump SAE J2311 Testing

ATA was able to propose an architecture to accomplish the client’s goals, with comprehensive correlation to all procedures outlined by the SAE J2311 standard for testing such components.

Transmission Oil Pump Production Audit Testing

Transmission Oil Pump Production Audit Testing

Efficient test machine design entails not only supporting current client needs and products, but also any similar models, with the flexibility to adapt to next generation designs as well. Such was the case when we were approached by a leading producer of engine and transmission oil pumps for the automotive sector.

Pump Testing Methodologies

Pump Testing Methodologies

Whether developing a new hydraulic pump design that has to closely match predefined specifications, or verifying the functionality of a production unit, an accurate and reliable test system is needed to confirm the functional parameters of those pumps.