Simple mass only cleanliness analysis has helped improve cleanliness of parts; which in turn has helped increase reliability and longevity of Powertrain assemblies
Jackson, MI (Vocus) June 16, 2010
The ISO 16232 cleanliness standard is becoming increasingly common in the automotive industry, and many manufacturers are struggling to find a laboratory that is capable of testing all of the specifications it requires. This has resulted in growing interest in Midbrook, Inc., and the Midbrook Technology Center, which is capable of complete testing to the entire ISO 16232 standard.
Midbrook obtained a Filtrex Compound Microscope in September of 2008, and has since performed over 400 cleanliness tests for various customers. Many of these tests have been for ISO 16232 requirements, but Midbrook is also able capable of testing for other standards, such as ISO 4406, Volvo STD 107-0002, Siemens VDO, Ford ES-AA5E-9F797-AA, and others.
The Filtrex Compound Microscope at the Midbrook Technology Center provides the ability to detect and count particles as small as 2.5 microns. This provides a level of cleanliness testing that is simply not feasible for many of the companies attempting to work within ISO 16232 guidelines. It is also a level that many testing facilities in the U.S. are unable to match.
The Midbrook Technology Center makes it possible for companies to avoid the high cost of the equipment necessary to perform ISO 16232 testing, but still make sure that their parts conform to the guidelines. “The Filtrex Compound Microscope with encoded stage is extremely accurate – able to accurately measure down to 2.5 microns – the ISO 16232 spec requires measurement to 5 micron. The encoded stage also increases accuracy of the system via allowing the system to know exactly where it is at all times,” said Midbrook Technology Center director Jack Griffes.
The ability for Midbrook to measure particles as small as 2.5 microns is very important. Some laboratories will claim to do ISO 16232 testing, yet are incapable of measuring all the way down to 5 microns, as the standard requires. The Filtrex Compound Microscope not only allows the Midbrook Technology Center to measure 5 micron particles, but can even determine the presence of material much smaller than that. As a result, customers can tell for sure whether or not their parts fully conform to ISO 16232 specifications.
Parts that arrive at Midbrook can be tested with the Filtrex Compound Microscope and returned to the customer with a full report of the findings within one week.
Because Midbrook has been in the parts washing industry for 30 years, they have seen many changes in the way parts are tested. “Simple mass only cleanliness analysis has helped improve cleanliness of parts; which in turn has helped increase reliability and longevity of Powertrain assemblies,” said Griffes.
“Taking the next step and counting and measuring every particle over 5 microns in size allows reliability oriented engineers to improve reliability and longevity even further by being able to work on diminishing particle counts in specified size ranges with direct correlation to a failure mode, “ adds Griffes.
As the popularity of ISO 16232 continues to grow, Midbrook expects to see more orders from manufacturers who simply don’t have the time or money to invest in creating their own testing laboratory and training new personnel.
“The ability to outsource highly technical work is an option Midbrook offers through this service,” said Midbrook Sales Manager Jamie Crowley. “By outsourcing, the manufacturer can assure the cost and accuracy of this service is consistent from beginning of program to end of program, and they need not worry about updating and calibrating their equipment, or training new individuals after previously trained technicians leave the job.”
Midbrook is the minority owned, world leading provider of process specific, high volume aqueous part cleaning systems, sealed solvent cleaning systems, water bottling equipment, and medical decontamination equipment.
For more information about Midbrook and its ISO 16232 testing capabilities, visit http://www.midbrook.com or call 1-517-787-3481.