The automotive and vehicle industry has long relied on Interface products and services for accurate test and measurement programs and OEM products. Whether they are using our standard or custom load cells, calibration systems, load frames, multi-axis sensors or specialized torque transducers like AxialTQ, the applications uses for our quality sensor technologies are diverse in this sector.
Our team of solutions application experts recently put together three application notes that detail how automotive manufacturers, test labs and vehicle product engineers are utilizing our quality force measurement solutions. Here is a brief summary of each app note.
Lug Nut Assembly Torque Application
This application addresses the need to increase productivity for automobile wheel installation, while ensuring that the lug nuts are installed to the proper torque values for safety purposes. The solution from Interface was centered on the model T33 Spindle Style Rotary Torque Transducer for use in customer’s wheel installation assembly machine. These reliable and durable transducers come standard with +/-5VDC analog output for torque measurements and a 360 pulse, 2-track encoder for speed and angle measurement with simplified installation. In this application, the customer was able to perform five simultaneous torque measurements during wheel installation in seconds. The T33 Spindle Torque Transducer provided a signal torque and TTL for angle measurement back to customer’s control system so proper values could be applied and recorded.
Fastening Work Bench Application
This application was used to increase productivity by creating a fastening work bench for screw installation with related data collection. The increased productivity would come through the use of automated tooling and torque transducer measurements resulting from an organized and efficient process. Interface supplied a model T15 Hex Drive Style Rotary Torque Transducer with integrated USB output for this project. USB output is used to measure and record torque, rotational speed and angle. The customer was able to utilize the industrial automation robotic functionality efficiently with many different screwdriver bit types with ease of installation due to the quick release feature of model T15.
Bluetooth Brake Pedal Application
Testing engineers are able to utilize advanced connectivity and communication technologies to advance testing. For this specific application, the customer needed to measure brake pedal force when the pedal is pressed during vehicle testing. As the pedal is pressed, force is measured by the BPL-300-C Brake Pedal Load Cell. Results are transmitted by the BTS-AM-1 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Strain Bridge Transmitter Module to the BTS Toolkit Mobile App and displayed on a mobile device. The customer objective has been achieved when a brake test was executed the force measurement was simultaneously displayed and graphed for examination in real time in the tested vehicle.
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