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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.

Coolant Valve Testing - What You NEED to Know

Coolant Valve Testing - What You NEED to Know

As with any other automotive powertrain component, the Design Verification (DV) and Production Validation (PV) program includes checking the performance and durability characteristics of these valves. The detailed procedures may have certain aspects that are specific to the OEM, but at a high level there is a set of tests which are fundamental to being able to properly characterize the coolant valve characteristics.

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.

How to Test ICE, EV & Hybrid Batteries

How to Test ICE, EV & Hybrid Batteries

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.

Does Aeration Lead to Cavitation?

Does Aeration Lead to 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.

Consider Leasing/Renting Test Equipment

Consider Leasing/Renting Test Equipment

Chiller systems operating below freezing usually come with a significant initial investment, but may only be used during thermal cycling durability testing of new R&D projects. Purchasing a large system like this could tie up a capital budget that could be used for other investments to help win more business.

KEY Thermal Testing Test Profiles

KEY Thermal Testing Test Profiles

Components handling fluids (i.e. pumps, valves, etc.) are increasingly becoming electrified. Extreme ambient temperatures, combined with the engine's influence and need for a specific operating temperatures can create significant thermal fatigue.

In our latest post, we explore the common electronic component temperature test standards and the solutions to meet these demanding requirements.

Should You Outsource Component Testing?

Should You Outsource Component Testing?

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you want to increase efficiency and capability but your testing equipment scope is compromised by a yearly budget. It can be frustrating, but there are other options and here we will discuss one of them. Let’s explore the benefits of outsourcing your component testing and whether it makes sense for you.

Why Calibrating Your Entire System is Crucial

Why Calibrating Your Entire System is Crucial

Calibration is a requirement for anyone hoping to produce accurate data from a measurement device. That said, calibrating the measurement devices (i.e. sensors) on a test bench alone is not enough. What will be far more effective in assuring the points mentioned above is a full system calibration. Here is why…

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.

In-house vs Custom vs Modular Test Stands

In-house vs Custom vs Modular Test Stands

In a world where development cycles are moving faster than ever before, OEMs are simultaneously pushing some of the biggest engineering initiatives automotive has ever seen. This is why having the right testing solution is so important. The first question arises: whether or not to build internally, custom engineer or order a turn-key test system.

3D Printed Powertrain Components

3D Printed Powertrain Components

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.

Defining a Measurement Circuit for Oil Pumps

Defining a Measurement Circuit for Oil Pumps

"The automotive industry will see more change in the next 5-10 years than it has in the last 50," said GM CEO Mary Barra during her 2016 CES keynote. Why is this relevant to you? Well, if you are responsible for manufacturing engines and/or the components within it, then it means many modifications, not a lot of time to implement them and new forms of testing.

Press Release - Introducing Ensure OP™

Press Release - Introducing Ensure OP™

ATA, a leading international component test solutions company, today announced the Ensure product line of test systems. These systems are designed to benchmark performance and capture the unique failure modes of specific thermal/hydraulic components (i.e. pumps, valves, heat exchangers, etc.), accelerating the product development cycle and helping to ensure the reliability of components on the road.

What is Torsional Vibration?

What is Torsional Vibration?

Torsional vibration has been known to fail the gear rotor of oil pumps. Typically, the failure occurs during testing on an engine dynamometer at the OEM’s facility. A failure at this point is not only very expensive and time consuming, but it also doesn’t look good for the reputation of the oil pump supplier.

ATA Wins Halton Innovation Award

ATA Wins Halton Innovation Award

The Halton Innovation Awards recognized the excellence and accomplishments of technology companies – from startups, small and medium-sized companies, to large corporate multinationals – that have developed innovative and commercially successful products or services in Halton region.