September 16, 2019 – Harrison, Ohio – Cincinnati Test Systems (www.cincinnati-test.com), the expert in leak detection equipment, has released the Sentinel MH, an advanced multifunction leak test instrument for high-speed testing using differential pressure.
The Sentinel MH is now available following extensive testing through thousands of field deployments with CTS customers worldwide. It provides high-resolution leak test measurements with fast, repeatable results in a compact, modular design.
Manufacturers in markets such as automotive, powertrain, consumer goods, energy, consumer electronics, HVAC/R and medical can rely on this instrument for five types of differential pressure and vacuum decay leak tests. The instrument is also designed for testing parts/assemblies that must comply with the IP67 standard for ingress protection (dust tight, leak-free to withstand immersion in one meter of water for 30 minutes).
“The Sentinel MH’s modular design is ideal for deployment in tight quarters on the production line to ensure the test instrument is as close as possible to the test part,” said Shankar Krishnamurthy, Vice President, CTS. “This reduces system volume for a fast and more accurate test, whether in a single-bay setup with manual fixturing, or in a multi-bay setup with automatic fixturing.”
This modular design also makes the Sentinel MH a distributable and scaleable system – manufacturers can easily expand and manage their network of test instruments, as needed. This is possible thanks to CTSnet LT, a highly intuitive user interface that delivers a new level of control and ease-of-use, right from a PC user interface.
With CTSnet LT, users can quickly discover all MH instruments on a network, connect to them, configure all the parameters available on the instrument, then run a test (start/stop) and read the results — in real time. They can also use CTSnet LT to upgrade the firmware, and backup and restore test programs. Programs can be copied to and from different instruments for faster setup. Configuration details, calibrations and test results can all be exported so users can easily retrieve historical data at any time.
The Sentinel MH supports 32 test programs and stores up to 5,000 test results. To carry out deeper data analysis for root cause traceability, further test optimization and greater quality assurance, the Sentinel MH can also be connected to the QualityWorX CTS DataHub.
See the Sentinel MH spec sheet for more information.
For a consult to discuss the right leak test option for your needs, contact us.
Since 1981, Cincinnati Test Systems, Inc. (CTS) has delivered precision leak detection equipment, functional test systems and assembly verification testing to manufacturers. Its Sentinel, TracerMate and LPC products are used for pressure and vacuum decay leak testing, flow testing and tracer gas testing in the medical device, automotive, consumer products, off-highway, oil and gas, and energy sectors. CTS is part of the TASI Group of Companies’ Product Integrity organization, along with Sciemetric, Innomatec and CTS-Schreiner. The Product Integrity organization provides Industry 4.0 leak test, data management and analytics solutions that help manufacturers worldwide improve quality and productivity. CTS has sales and support offices in the U.S., Europe, China and Korea.
Tracer gas leak testing: CTS sets new standard for efficiency and versatility
Off-the-shelf instrument cuts the costs and headaches of micro-leak detection
October 9, 2019 – Harrison, Ohio – Cincinnati Test Systems (www.cincinnati-test.com), the expert in leak detection equipment, has released TracerMate II, providing manufacturers with a fast and easy-to-use platform to detect, and locate, very small leaks.
TracerMate II updates the previous generation of TracerMate with many new features, to deliver an integrated tracer gas management and micro-leak detection instrument that works with any major brand of gas analyzer. TracerMate II works with helium, the most common tracer gas used for micro-leak detection, but it can also control systems with other gases such as Forming Gas, a hydrogen/nitrogen mix, or carbon dioxide.
Manufacturers can use TracerMate II to perform a high-resolution pressure decay test followed by leak location on the same test station. As a result, they can reduce the costs associated with extra test stations and part handling. This replaces the dunk tank and soapy water approach on the production line or in the repair bay with a reliable and automated dry method that eliminates operator subjectivity.
Manufacturers are freed from the headaches of trying to engineer a DIY solution for leak detection. TracerMate II’s automated process can carry out hard vacuum tests on parts that require helium as a test media. The result is faster cycle times for the lowest of leak rates, with additional data collection for traceability.
This makes TracerMate II ideal for those manufactured products that have the lowest acceptable leak rates, such as refrigeration and cooling units in appliances and HVACR systems, sealed circuits, e-vehicle battery assemblies and implanted medical devices.
Now built on the same proven platform as the popular Sentinel I28, the TracerMate II offers many advanced features:
⦁ High-resolution pressure decay test and tracer gas leak location in the same instrument after a reject
“With TracerMate II, CTS has taken manual sniffing to a whole new level with a simple solution that is user friendly because it’s easy to deploy out of the box and not PLC-dependant,” said Shankar Krishnamurthy, Vice President, CTS. “Plant staff are freed from the issues of dunk testing or the frustrations of trying to engineer a DIY answer to micro-leak detection. Our team has done all the hard work so your team doesn’t have to.”
See the TracerMate II data sheet for more information.
TASI Group grows global leak test capabilities with Germany’s innomatec
innomatec will be organized in the TASI Product Integrity Segment, which includes Cincinnati Test Systems (CTS), CTS-Schreiner, Sciemetric and Sierra CP. This addition will geographically expand the reach of the Division’s leak test business into Europe and enable it to deliver an unmatched combination of technology and expertise to the global market.
CTS-Schreiner will be organized under innomatec, providing sales, service and manufacturing resources for Southern Europe from Munich. Mike Schillings, previously the managing director of innomatec, will continue as Managing Director Global of the combined entity. In this role he will work to expand the core competencies and market reach of the innomatec team in the areas of special test equipment, development and production of quick-connector systems and measuring instruments, and automation.
“We are pleased to have innomatec as part of our organization and are eager to support Mike and his team in continuing their strategy which is fully complementary to TASI,” said TASI CEO John McKenna. “CTS and innomatec have followed similar paths over the past 40 years. Each has built a strong engineering team that is focused on solving customer challenges with innovative leak test technology, quick connectors and custom systems development.”
“Together, we have the comprehensive portfolio of industrial leak testing products to create new opportunities and equip global manufacturers with the capabilities they need for the future,” added Schillings. “Existing customers of CTS, innomatec and CTS-Schreiner will benefit from the significant support and operational reach each organization has in North America, Europe and Asia. I am committed to being a part of the team and look forward to working with new partners who so clearly understand what we do and want to achieve and share our vision for growth.”
“Wherever in the world our customers operate, they can now choose leak test instruments and test solutions from CTS or innomatec with added confidence that they will receive full service and support locally,” said CTS President Kevin Hansell. “They will be the primary beneficiaries as we combine our shared passions for engineering innovative solutions and delivering best-in-class customer service and support.”
About innomatec Test
innomatec was founded in 1983 with the idea from founder Wolfgang Schillings to replace all traditional leak measuring methods, such as underwater testing, with computer-controlled leak testing devices and procedures. The company has since grown to deliver customized systems and test benches for leak checks, flow monitoring and function tests for water, air, helium, inert gas and SF6. innomatec’s client base now includes household names from all sectors of industry, in more than 18 countries. Learn more at https://www.innomatec.com
About the TASI Group
The TASI Product Integrity business segment is a global provider of product testing, inspection and quality solutions for a wide range of manufacturing operations. Comprised of businesses with operations in North America, Europe and Asia, it provides instrumentation, test machines, and engineered systems to a diverse global customer base. For more information, visit http://www.tasigroup.com.
CTS leak instrument eases regulatory compliance for medical device manufacturers
May, 14, 2019 – Harrison, Ohio – Cincinnati Test Systems (www.cincinnati-test.com), the experts in leak detection equipment, is helping medical device manufacturers comply with 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 requirements for storing and protecting electronic records with the latest release of Sentinel Blackbelt Pro.
Blackbelt Pro is CTS’s next generation of multi-channel test instrumentation that provides pressure and vacuum leak, flow and ramping testing for medical device manufacturers. It can manage and execute testing of up to four parts (synchronous or asynchronous), all under the control of one Blackbelt Pro instrument.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 21 CFR Part 11 and European Medicine Agency's Annex 11 are guidelines for storing and protecting electronic records and applying electronic signatures. These guidelines extend to the manufacturing, testing, packaging and distribution of medical devices, which are subject to stringent documentation and audit requirements. While 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 have existed for more than 20 years, the rise of data-driven manufacturing and quality control processes typical of Industry 4.0 have heightened their importance.
Leak testing is a crucial quality control process in medical device manufacturing. As leak testing technology has evolved, leak test instruments have come to collect and manage larger and larger volumes of data. How this data is secured, accessed and manipulated falls under the scope of the 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 guidelines.
The latest release of Sentinel Blackbelt Pro includes improvements and enhancements developed in consultation with medical device manufacturers to assist with 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 compliance.
Blackbelt Pro features that support 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 compliance
Unique User IDs
250 unique user profiles may be stored within the instrument. User authentication requires a unique password for each user. This limits access for specific functions to permitted users only. The administrator can also create unique user roles with security parameters defined for each user.
Audit / Activity Log
A non-editable Audit Log is available that outlines events (logins/executions/edits time and date stamped) performed by all users. Log entries are stored in onboard memory while the system stores all the activity with a built-in autosave function.
Instrument Edit Comments
This may be invoked to force users to enter reasons and comments when any changes are made to the instrument.
PDF Report Generation
All reports, such as Test Result Data, Program Configuration, Instrument Setup, Audit/Activity Log, may be exported as a non-editable .pdf document.
The administrator function of Blackbelt Pro allows the highest authorized user to assign and manage capabilities to other users in regard to:
- Password expiration days
- Max login attempts
- Inactivity timeout and expiration
- Customizable login banner messaging
To learn more about Blackbelt Pro and 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11 compliance, contact us.
Since 1981, Cincinnati Test Systems, Inc. (CTS) has delivered precision leak detection equipment, functional test systems and assembly verification testing to manufacturers. Its Sentinel, TracerMate and LPC product lines are used for pressure and vacuum decay leak testing, flow testing and tracer gas testing in the medical device, automotive, consumer products, off-highway, oil and gas, and energy sectors. CTS is part of the TASI Group of Companies’ Product Integrity organization, along with Sciemetric and CTS-Schreiner. The Product Integrity organization provides Industry 4.0 leak test, data management and analytics solutions that help manufacturers worldwide improve quality and productivity. CTS has sales and support offices in the U.S., Europe, China and Korea.
CTS and Sciemetric release QualityWorX for CTS instruments
Added data collection, analysis capabilities optimize test station performance
July 17, 2018 – Harrison Ohio and Ottawa Ontario – Cincinnati Test Systems (www.cincinnati-test.com) and Sciemetric Instruments (www.sciemetric.com) have brought the data management and analytics of Manufacturing 4.0 to leak and flow testing with the first of many innovations to come from their collaboration as part of the TASI Group of Companies.
To achieve Manufacturing 4.0, manufacturers need to make the most of their production line data, for higher first-time yields and faster resolution when quality issues arise. This is particularly true for leak testing. Practical and integrated tools are needed to make more effective use of data and ensure this crucial quality assurance process is reliable, repeatable and quick enough to keep pace with production. This is why CTS and Sciemetric have now made it possible to collect, store and analyze data from CTS instruments using QualityWorX.
The QualityWorX CTS DataHub is a turnkey platform for collecting and analyzing data from up to five CTS Sentinel instruments at a time, without requiring complex IT support to set up. It includes a host PC and Sciemetric Studio analytics software. Sciemetric Studio aggregates serialized leak test data for on-demand and in-depth analysis and visualization. Manufacturers can begin collecting and analyzing data within minutes.
For more extensive data collection requirements, the QualityWorX CTS Data Connector allows data from a CTS Sentinel instrument to be pushed to a QualityWorX database. This enables consolidation of production data from leak tests with other tests along the line, providing a centralized, accessible and traceable record of part data across assembly processes.
All the data can be analyzed using Sciemetric Studio software for continuous optimization of a test process, clear proof of compliance and quick response to issues that affect testing.
Unified under the TASI Group’s Product Integrity organization, CTS, Sciemetric and CTS-Schreiner together provide quality and productivity solutions to manufacturers worldwide.
“Together, we deliver the largest and most comprehensive leak test product portfolio in the industry, with the data analytics horsepower manufacturers need to compete,” said Kevin Hansell, President of CTS. “The QualityWorX CTS Data Connector and the QualityWorX CTS DataHub are great first examples of the complementary strengths of our two companies and how we can help manufacturers drive production quality and efficiency.”
In the months to come, CTS and Sciemetric will roll out additional data integration capabilities that will allow enterprise users to create truly connected factories.
“For years manufacturers have relied upon QualityWorX to improve quality, efficiency and yield across their production lines,” said Nathan Sheaff, President of Sciemetric. “With CTS, we have found a strong partner with which to deliver even greater value by connecting more data sources from across the plant floor. This is just the beginning as we build from leak test to any test.”
For more information, go to www.cincinnati-test.com or www.sciemetric.com.
Since 1981, Cincinnati Test Systems, Inc. (CTS) has delivered precision leak detection equipment, function test systems and assembly verification testing to manufacturers throughout the world. Its Sentinel, TracerMate and LPC product lines deliver pressure and vacuum decay leak testing, flow testing and tracer gas testing. CTS is known as the leak detection expert in automotive, consumer products, off-highway, medical devices, oil and gas and energy. Today, CTS is expanding its capabilities in data management and analytics to help manufacturers rise to the challenge of Manufacturing 4.0. CTS has sales and support offices in the U.S., Europe, China and Korea.
Sciemetric has partnered with manufacturers for over 25 years to solve their biggest productivity and quality issues, and optimize their production lines quickly, through in-process monitoring/testing and practical data analysis. It works in the global automotive, off-highway, medical and consumer electronics industries to help manufacturers bring Manufacturing 4.0 to their production line, from leak test to any test. The data management and manufacturing analytics of QualityWorX and Sciemetric Studio empower manufacturers to start using their data today for visibility and fast issue resolution. Sciemetric has sales and support offices in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., India and China.
Tim Cook visits Cincinnati Test Systems to discuss Leak Testing
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Harrison, Ohio (WKRC) – August 24, 2017 - Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, visited Cincinnati Test Systems in Harrison on Thursday. CTS is a key Apple supplier.
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CTS Acquires H. Schreiner to Increase Business
Opportunities in European Automotive, Industrial, and Medical Markets
Harrison, OH – March 1, 2017 ─ Cincinnati Test Systems (CTS) announces the acquisition of
H. Schreiner, a designer and manufacturer of leak test instrumentation and special purpose testing machinery. Schreiner has been in business for over 40 years, located in Ottobrunn, Germany. The new CTS Company will operate at that location under the name Cincinnati Test Systems - Schreiner GmbH.
Kevin Hansell, President of CTS said, ‘Bringing H. Schreiner into the CTS organization establishes an immediate CTS presence in European market. It has been part of the CTS strategic plan to enhance the company’s future growth and performance in Europe and this acquisition is a significant step in that direction.’
With almost no overlap in the markets served, both CTS and Schreiner product lines will remain available for the foreseeable future. ‘It is our intent to utilize our combined sales channels to promote both companies. As we move forward, we will take every opportunity to grow these businesses together in a way that provides the most value to our customers in the global test market’, said Hansell.
Since 1981 Cincinnati Test Systems (CTS) has manufactured test instruments and custom leak test systems and supports over 25,000 test applications around the globe. CTS specializes in the manufacture of leak test instrumentation and test systems, has over 230 employees, and has significant operations in the US, Mexico, China, and Korea. CTS is a division of the TASI group of companies, which employs over 800 employees globally.