A focus on sustainability within the auto industry has pushed for lighter, more efficient vehicles to meet environmental standards and customer demands.
This has, in turn, put pressure on manufacturers to produce engines that are smaller and lighter without losing the performance of larger, heavier engines. This means fewer components, making the presence of defects even more devastating.
A small defect on a piston, piston pin, engine valve, valve guide, seal, bearing, or fuel injection component can stall manufacturing or — if the defect gets to the end-user — shut down the engine altogether.
What Does This Mean for Automotive Companies?
An efficient and effective inspection of powertrain component parts at the manufacturer level is more critical than ever.
Smaller engines are equipped with turbos and superchargers to pump out more horsepower and torque in order to meet the performance of the larger powertrains, meaning a minuscule defect will become exacerbated over time.
The addition of turbos and supercharges mean small powertrain components like engine valves and valve seats must hold up to greater fatigue. This means they must be made to tighter tolerances and free from physical defects.
With tighter tolerances for both dimensions and physical defects, there is much less room for error.
What Happens if a Defect Gets Through Inspection?
A minuscule defect may get through engine inspection, but will undoubtedly grow as the customer drives his or her vehicle, ultimately resulting in engine shutdown.
When that happens, there are two potential scenarios:
The better scenario involves the customer being inconvenienced, having to replace an engine under warranty. The customer doesn’t lose money, but the disruption of an engine replacement may impact customer perception toward his or her auto dealer.
The worse scenario involves the customer paying out of pocket for an engine replacement, undoubtedly generating a poor perception of the product that could spread to his or her family and friends.
Both of these scenarios, however, can be avoided.
Achieve Zero Defects for Positive Customer Relationships
The solution is simple: achieve zero defects at the manufacturer level and the embarrassment and loss of reputation and business can be avoided.
Our automated inspection equipment makes up for errors by inspecting 100-percent of components to ensure defect-free powertrain components, both dimensionally and physically.
Many manufacturers try to develop inspection equipment in house, which hasn’t gone through the rigorous testing and iteration process of General Inspection machines. Not only do we have the research and development behind our equipment, we can inspect all parts to ensure zero defects get to you.
To learn more about our equipment, email [email protected].
About General Inspection
General Inspection LLC manufactures a complete line of gauging, sorting, and inspection systems incorporating: Laser, eddy current, vision, and acoustic technologies for dimensional measurement, determining metallurgical defects as a method for achieving zero defects. Gauging, inspection and sorting systems assure quality in product size, shape and structure. In today’s zero defect environment, the quality of your inspection technology is a critical factor in your ability to compete.
Ammunition and ammunition component manufacturers benefit from our Automated Inspection Equipment, and with far more on the line. A warfighter or police personnel must un-jam their gun with faulty ammunition, which can cost lives. The 100% inspection of ammunition ensures a gun can operate flawlessly.
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