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Detecting battery leaks at production speeds

  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_07
Published November 01, 2018 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Inficon has launched what it said is an industry-first, robotic-compatible leak-detection system that can use either helium or hydrogen-forming gas to ferret out minuscule cracks in the batteries of electrified vehicles.

“Customers were asking for an accurate and reliable high-speed leak detector that could use both tracer gases so they could choose the lowest-cost or easiest-to-source test gas available,” said Thomas Parker, a mechanical engineer and Inficon's North American automotive sales manager. The leak detector has the same testing sensitivity with either helium or the forming gas (95% nitrogen/5% hydrogen).