Home » Valve and manifold testing: a new technological solution
Checking the finished product is the last phase before selling a quality product.
Even if our search for quality already begins at the design and production phases, so well before the last product check, testing is a very important phase for Mondeo, which we follow very carefully and attentively using technological solutions that are continually being updated and that are always more sophisticated.
It is important for the test equipment to guarantee maximum reliability and optimise test times in a strategic manner, above all when the test is carried out on a general scale and not on samples, as occurs at Mondeo.
Our experience in valve and manifold testing led us to develop a new test system that we designed in-house, therefore it is even more efficient and functional for our needs. Respecting the maximum safety standards for the operators was extremely important for us. The machine, in fact, only works when the different protective devices, for which a magnetic close was used, are activated correctly.
The system is made up of a control unit that runs two test units: one for the valves and one for the manifolds.
Given that the control unit is connected to the company network, the different test phases can be controlled and all the test data collected, in line with the tendency towards even more diffused digitalisation and implementation of Industry 4.0.
By keying in the product code, from the control unit you access the corresponding test program, the parameters of which – filling, stabilisation and pressure identification – have all been set ad hoc for each specific product typology.
The general concept on which the test is based is that of identifying pressure losses from inside a manifold or valve using an electronic sensor that can even sense microlosses. This concept, as regards identification in water and so to the human eye, guarantees better safety.
The valve control system was studied for the requirements of the different typologies, so it can carry out a double verification, both on the gasket and on the welding; the manifold test system, instead, was designed to test even very long manifolds, up to 1.60 m, and with several outlets.
The feedback from the valve and the manifold tests is decidedly positive. The incidence of faults is very low, because the processing techniques
we apply allow us to produce TIG welds without weld material that guarantee an optimal seal; in addition, we only use customised, high quality gaskets for our valves.
In this manner the test confirms the reliability of the products we send to our clients.