Specialty Testing Processes
It doesn’t matter which industry is involved, lean manufacturing requires a battery of different tests and inspections, often without human involvement. Furthermore, because different companies have such different needs, tests frequently have to be customized to achieve the very best solution.
MESH Automation has designed and produced many specialty testing processes and procedures for customers and has developed a wide range of equipment to get the job done reliably and efficiently.
Different Types of Specialty Testing Processes
The MESH team has successfully executed projects that involve a range of different types of tests including:
- Load and cyclical testing
- Destruction testing
- Heat cycling
- Print and verify
- Laboratory scale equipment
- Gauge R&R
While all these tests were tailored for specific customers, there are general principles that relate to each of them. For instance when we do cyclical testing we subject products or materials to repeated testing instead of just running through a single test cycle. The aim of this sort of test is to make sure that products or processes will perform in a reliable manner in a real-world situation.
In cyclic load tests, we subject products or materials to specific load cycles to get a reliable indication of how they will perform in various environments over certain periods of time. These are particularly useful in assessing how long components will last before they begin to fail, which, amongst other things, is essential for maintenance scheduling.
While both non-destructive and destruction tests have a role to play in manufacturing, destruction testing is a proven method for determining mechanical properties of components, including hardness, strength, and toughness. It is commonly used to test weldments and is a popular testing method for items that will be mass-produced. Non-destructive tests will show faults including corrosion and cracks, but it is destructive testing that will demonstrate when and how products or components of products will fail.
Heat cycle tests are commonly used for electrical systems and may be designed to raise the temperature of a conductor or electrical loop so that the current loading conditions commonly found in electrical circuits are simulated. We offer both high voltage and low voltage tests systems that our electrical engineers will customize to meet the needs of individual customers.
Print and verify testing solutions are commonly developed for packaging industry customers, primarily to ensure compliance with stringent regulations regarding packaging and labeling in certain industries. These include food and beverage, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and the medical devices industry, where expiry dates and lot coding must be correct and legible. Code verification systems commonly use machine vision cameras and advanced software to check and monitor these dates and codes as products flow through manufacturing lines. At a basic level they will pick up clogged print heads or nozzles, and at a higher level, will warn when print quality begins to degenerate.
Whether you have a testing need in one of these areas or require a unique testing protocol, our team of engineers will work closely with you to develop a customized testing solution. Contact us to discuss your needs.