H2scan Deploys New Automated Sensor Calibration Manufacturing Technology for Faster Delivery of Real Time Gas Sensors
Sep 16 2020
Proprietary Automated Sensor Manufacturing (ASM) System Allows Company to Expand Manufacturing Capacity at Valencia Production Facility.
H2scan, a leading provider of proven, proprietary hydrogen sensors and technologies for utilities and industrial markets, announced today its new proprietary automated sensor manufacturing (ASM) capability, a cutting-edge system that combines hardware and custom-built software to automatically track, calibrate and analyze H2scan sensors throughout the production process.
The automated calibration system reduces the days needed for sensor calibration to less than a third of what was previously required, which has a significant impact on product delivery times and overall manufacturing efficiency.
ASM allows H2scan to collect data that was previously difficult to track, that will allow the company to detect, diagnose, troubleshoot and improve testing conditions from environment and sensor design, and even automatically fine tune the analysis algorithms in the future.
“The ASM technology is augmenting a highly manual calibration and testing process, reducing the amount of manual labor and time required to ensure conditions are properly and consistently prepared and on time,” said Dennis Reid, President, CEO and Founder of H2scan. “ASM eliminates 90 percent of the manual labor associated with producing our sensors, delivering predictable, consistent results with minimal technician or engineering involvement."
ASM controls every aspect of sensor tracking and testing throughout the calibration process which previously took up to 28 days per sensor. The ASM also enables control of the environment, by reading the environmental controllers and setting the conditions inside every testing chamber automatically. If needed, the system also features a configurable calibration schedule.
The system coordinates data collection both periodically and at the end of each test condition and analyzes collected data to determine sensor health and whether each sensor is within spec at the end of the process. ASM also allows calibration processes, or “recipes,” to be maintained outside of code and changed by engineering as necessary to respond quickly to hardware, firmware, or strategic changes.
H2scan worked with Altran, the global leader in engineering and R&D services and part of the Capgemini Group, to develop the customized system. The first version of the ASM system is in the final stages of acceptance testing. The core features will be validated in a final test by the end of September, with low rate initial production (LRIP) functionality being developed in parallel and currently slated for deployment by the end of October.
“H2scan’s Gen5 technology brings real-time hydrogen monitoring and high accuracy to distribution transformers and aligns well with Altran’s expertise in the digital transformation of the energy market,” said Dave Meyers, General Manager of Altran’s Innovative Product Development.“Altran and H2scan have a history of success and we are pleased to be a part of this exciting development to help the company ramp up production of the Gen5 technology and meet higher production demands.”
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