SentrySciences can help you tackle the challenges caused by particles or scratches in critical automotive manufacturing processes such as stamping, fuel injector assembly, or painting. Our experts can help you assess risks and recommend products to support improvement and eliminate manual re-work. Whether it be a stamping blank particle counter (for steel or aluminum blanks) or a paint booth particle counter, SentrySciences has a solution.
Automotive paint booths require large amounts of air for operational reliability. But even with state-of-the-art filtration technology, the finest of dust particles can still enter a paint booth. If the dust content is excessive, the still wet paint can trap particles, and impact the final surface quality of the painted body. A paint booth particle counter can identify and alert you to these airborne particles before they become an issue.
Foreign object debris (FOD) and unwanted macro-particles are also significant contributors to quality issues throughout the manufacturing process. Today, one factor that is less well addressed is that of particle fallout (PFO) detection. This occurs when larger particles are generated, with sizes often greater than 5µm, and “fall” out of the atmosphere on to surfaces. In the paint department, fibers, sanding dust, metal particles, oven dirt and general dust and grit pose significant challenges to achieving a pristine coating.
Our surface particle detection and inspection tools deliver real return on investment (ROI) through defect reduction in the stamping department by ensuring no particles or scratches bigger than 5µm are present on the surface of metal blanks prior to stamping. Surface particle counters are non-destructive to the material being tested and can detect particles, scratches and cracks that appear on critical surfaces or products that can reduce yield and increase costs.
Reducing contamination to ensure product cleanliness is not just limited to painting and stamping. This is because contamination – including foreign particles can negatively affect automotive components and parts during the manufacturing process, thus reducing the strength and safety of those components and parts. Eventually, the effects of these contaminants can cause vehicle components to break, or wear out prematurely. Because of this, particle management is now an indispensable step in quality management for automotive manufacturers.
We have cost effective solutions with a range of airborne particle counters and real-time particle deposition monitors that allow you to monitor the operational quality of your manufacturing process. Whether for particle monitoring in clean assembly workspaces, paint, cleaning processes, or ensuring stamping blanks are thoroughly cleaned prior to stamping, SentrySciences has the solutions and the expertise to help you design and implement a complete particulate control program in accordance with ISO 14644-9 or ISO 16232.