ATS Inspect also receives variable values automatically from a large number of test equipment.
This includes values such as door closure effort, CO2 emissions, battery voltage and wheel alignment. A pass/fail result for each item will be recorded for each vehicle along with the specific values of the test.
In addition, serial numbers for airbags, engine, transmission and other components are recorded for traceability purposes. This historic information is available to minimize the number of recall units in case of an issue.
Automatic Defect Creation
ATS Inspect is able to allocate defects automatically based on information and X/Y coordinates received directly from the production line test equipment.
For example, when checking for water leaks they use the Quadrascan® system which uses a speaker that emits a sound within the vehicle. Several microphones on robotic arms then follow the seams of the vehicle and can detect potential leaks in the car by the way the sound is received.
When a potential leak is found the exact X/Y coordinates are sent to ATS Inspect which then records the defect on an image of the unit, exactly in the location that Quadrascan indicated. This precision makes the repair process more effective, and provides graphical reports that allow the engineering team to find the root cause of the problem much quicker.
Feedback to Point of Origin
The faster information on quality issues is relayed back to the cell or area responsible for them, the faster measures can be taken to resolve the issues. The faster the issues are resolved, the more time and money are saved.