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Optical vs Acoustic Which belt measurement sensor head is best for you?

Did you know there are two different type of sensor head?

Acoustic sensor heads use mechanical sound waves to measure belt vibration. Optical sensor heads use light. Each option has its own advantages.

Want to error-proof your hose clamp installation? Clavis has developed an advanced tool for exactly this purpose. The Gusto tool is used by automotive manufacturers worldwide as a poke-yoke solution to effectively “error-proof” hose installation. In this webinar and Q&A, you’ll learn how:

⭐ How to reduce the reliance on the operator to ensure that clamps are fixed/installed correctly

⭐ Significantly reduce the risk of open clamps being missed on hoses during production

⭐ Apply the solution across multiple engine and hose stations, because the tool is clamp-size independent

⭐ How the tool can be used on Mubea POPP Clamps and Piolax Spring Band Clamps

In this one-hour Zoom presentation and Q&A, Pavlos Sgardelis, senior engineer and product specialist at Clavis, shows you how to error proof your hose clamp installation. 

Steer-by-wire systems provide steering control to a car with fewer mechanical components/linkages between the steering wheel and the wheels.

The control of the wheels’ direction will be established through electric motor(s) which are actuated by electronic control units monitoring the steering wheel inputs from the driver.

Wires are increasingly a thing of the past. Wired connections in handheld tools have long been known to disrupt the work of industrial operators — including reduced efficiency and being unable to pinpoint connection errors. Clavis’ customers face these issues when securing clamps and setting belt tension in their automotive production lines.

Faulty drive alignment or incorrect tensioning are the most significant causes of drive belt failures in many industries, from automotive production lines and HVAC assembly to integrated OEM solutions. It can cause engines to fail completely in the worst case scenario. That’s why it’s vital that belt tension is set with precision. 

In this one-hour Zoom presentation and Q&A, Mark Errington, director at Clavis, and Pavlos Sgardelis, senior engineer and product specialist at Clavis, show you how to avoid the expensive consequences of belt failures. In this webinar and Q&A, you’ll learn: – Why belt tension is so important — how to guarantee it accurately and cost-effectively – Industrial belts vibrate at several frequencies — making accurate measurements difficult. 

The Gusto tool digitally detects if a clamp has been successfully closed and fixed into position. 

Using this device reduces the reliability on the operator having to ensure that clamps are fixed/installed correctly and will significantly reduce the risk of joint leakage or hose blow-off from clamps being missed. 

This tool is used by several automotive manufacturers to effectively “error-proof” hose installation, the tool receiver can be linked to a line tracking system. 

The tool is clamp-size independent so it can be used across multiple engine/hose stations without reprogramming/configuring the tool.

They say the devil’s in the details, and that includes when measuring belt tension. In fact, incorrect tensioning is the most significant cause of drive belt failures, more so than faulty drive alignment. In worst case scenarios, it can cause machines to fail completely. 

That’s why belt measurement equipment should be integral to quality assurance and production line assembly — in a range of sectors from automotive and agriculture equipment to HVAC, 3D printers and more. In this webinar, first broadcast in March 2021, Pavlos Sgardelis, product specialist at Clavis, and Mark Errington, director at Clavis, show you why Clavis’s all-in-one FourierBMS system is recognised worldwide for its outstanding belt measurement capabilities. 

The Clavis FourierBMS measures the natural frequency of a belt under tension using optical technology. Designed and built for production lines and manufacturing facilities the Fourier system is an integrated OEM solution for many different sectors.

What Sensor Head to Use?

⭐ Compact Sensor Head

⭐ Long Reach Sensor Head

⭐ Adjustable Sensor Head

⭐ Hand-held Sensor Head

The Clavis FourierBMS measures the natural frequency of a belt under tension using optical technology. Designed and built for production lines and manufacturing facilities the Fourier system is an integrated OEM solution for many different sectors.

Used for quality assurance and production line assembly purposes and with over 1000 customers worldwide, the Fourier contributes enormously to the increase of performance, quality and efficiency. The system accurately measures frequencies between 30Hz and 500Hz on a wide range of belts.

The system takes measurements in Hertz (Hz) and can report in Hertz (Hz), Pounds (Lbs), Newtons (N), or Kilogram-force (KgF). The tension of a belt can be calculated based on mass and span length of a belt.

Clavis have developed a closed-loop system which measures, monitors, and accurately controls the belt tension process from start to finish. The FourierBMS closed-loop system is designed to automatically achieve and maintain the optimum target tension of a belt under tension. The main benefits of using a FourierBMS Closed-Loop System:

⭐ To reduce errors by automatically adjusting the systems input

⭐ To improve stability of an unstable system

⭐ To enhance robustness against external disturbances to the process

⭐ To produce a reliable and repeatable performance

Clavis are proud to present the latest advances in our industrial error proofing for the Piolax constant tension spring band clamp or the pre-positioned holder-less clamp. Clavis engineers designed a purpose-built tip (end-effector) specifically for the Piolax clamp allowing the user to release with minimum effort while also avoiding physical damage on the pre-tension mechanism of the clamp.

⭐ Gusto Titanium has better performance in terms of True Positives (98.8%) and False Positives (less than 0.5%).

⭐ The tool body is slightly bigger in size (5mm) and is made out of 100% aluminium to improve durability. 

Clavis has developed a wireless torque wrench system to use in a production environment that enables full traceability of the unit and reduces the chance of over-tightening. The breaking torque wrench can be used for a wide range of applications, with a choice of compatible interchangeable end fittings.

⭐ Torque range from 0.4 to 200 Nm.

⭐ Wireless Communication – The communication between the tool and receiver; two-way communication 433/868/915 MHz, Wi-Fi 2.4 – 5GHz, or Bluetooth communication.

Watch the newest Gusto version, the Gusto Titanium, being assembled! The latest version of the Gusto has is used by automotive manufacturers worldwide as a poke-yoke solution to effectively “error-proof” hose installation.

▶ Reduces the reliance on the operator to ensure that clamps are fixed/installed correctly

▶ Significantly reduce the risk of open clamps being missed on hoses

▶ The tool is clamp-size independent – it can be used across multiple engine/hose stations

The build for our new manufacturing and design facility at New York Industrial Estate, just round the corner from the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, started on 15th July 2019.

The build took just over 2 months to complete and we were able to move into our new soundings at the beginning of September, leaving our old factory at Maurice Road in Wallsend where we had been located since 1980.

Integrated Display Systems is recognised as the industry leader for designing and manufacturing belt tension measurement equipment and automotive handbrake setting equipment worldwide. 

We’ve helped our customers achieve consistent, quantifiable quality control by providing accurate, reliable, and durable equipment since 1982.

Customised and designed specifically for individual applications (i.e. specific engine, final belt drive), the mounting unit is completely wireless and has a built-in electromechanical hammer to force the belt into oscillation.

The unit measures the natural frequency of vibration of a belt span. This frequency is directly related to the tension in the belt. As the tension in the belt is increased the frequency of vibration also increases.

 

Our equipment measures the tension of a belt using optical sensors to detect high frequency vibrations of a belt under tension. 

Customised and design specifically for an individual applications (i.e. specific engine, final belt drive) the mounting unit is completely wireless and has a built-in electromechanical hammer to force the belt into oscillation. 

Designed and built for production lines and manufacturing facilities, Clavis belt measurement equipment is the industry standard for most OEMs.

Why is the Correct Belt Tension Important?

Too little tension results in slippage, excess heat, premature belt and pulley wear.

Too much tension excessive stress on the belt, bearings, and shafts.

Reduced downtime and increased horsepower are just two benefits of having the correct belt tension.

The Clavis belt meter is the industry standard for belt tension measurement. Clavis belt meters are suitable for measuring frequencies in all types of power transmission belts, ranging from toothed timing belts to poly-vee belts.

Why use Clavis’ Gusto POPP clamp release tool?

Full traceability in vehicle parts manufacturing is no longer a luxury — it is expected. Yet quality control of Pre-Opened-Pre-Positioned (POPP) clamps, the parts that provide secure and maintenance-free fittings between the many technical systems within a vehicle, is lacking.

In this webinar, Clavis’ specialist Pavlos Sgardelis shows how a small, handheld device — the GUSTO POPP Clamp Release tool and its latest version, the Gusto Titanium — can bring new levels of speed, traceability and quality assurance to automotive production lines, and other sectors. If you handle POPP clamps in your production setup, then this webinar is a must-watch.

Slow motion video of a Pre-Opened Pre-Positioned (POPP) clamp closing.

The build for our new manufacturing and design facility at New York Industrial Estate, just round the corner from the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, started on 15th July 2019.

The build took just over 2 months to complete and we were able to move into our new soundings at the beginning of September, leaving our old factory at Maurice Road in Wallsend where we had been located since 1980.

One of the key features of our Gusto tool, is the speed at which it can determine if a clamp has been closed successfully.

To put this claim to the test, some of the Clavis team took part in …

Clavis developed an advanced tool that is used by automotive manufacturers worldwide as a poke-yoke solution to effectively “error-proof” hose installation.

Some of the benefits: –

⭐ Reduces the reliance on the operator to ensure that clamps are fixed/installed correctly

⭐ Significantly reduce the risk of open clamps being missed on hoses

⭐ The tool is clamp-size independent – it can be used across multiple engine/hose stations

This is a demonstration of a Clavis – Type 7 Hand-held Belt Tension Meter. 

The meter is a two component system consisting of a hand-held meter attached to a sensor via an electrical cable.

 

This video demonstrates the Clavis handbrake setting equipment. 

The Clavis handbrake (parkbrake in the U.S.) setting equipment has been employed worldwide in the automotive manufacturing facilities for over 16 years.

The vibration frequency of a plucked string is dependent upon the tension of that string.  As the tension is increased, the vibration frequency also increases.  Laboratory investigations show that power transmission belts react in a similar manner.

Data indicates that there is a direct relationship between belt tension and a belt’s natural frequency of vibration. This relationship holds true except for the very extreme high-tension zones (well above where any belt system can operate).  Using load cells and accelerometers while applying Newtonian law, the linkage between strand tension and natural vibration frequency has been defined.  It was found that unlike with a string, the mass of a belt does play a role in the results.  

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