At Lillbacka USA, the maker of Finn-Power machines, innovation is always a priority. This innovation comes to play with the company’s latest test benches, the TB PRO.
“We tend to over-engineer our products, meaning that they can handle whatever job you send their way with ease. Our crimpers, saws, inserters, and other machines have been built with the utmost quality and are designed to outperform the competition,” said Sam Dyke, Jr., VP of Sales for Lillbacka. “We are happy to announce that with our new test benches, our drive for design and utility has continued to shine.”
While Finn-Power offers air powered benches as well, the company is now offering a one-of-a-kind test bench using an electric drive. “The TB PRO is the only test bench in the world that can be equipped with an electric drive mechanism. Before mentioning the crucial advantages of the E-Drive in terms of quality and testing, it should be noted that it operates much more efficiently than air compressors,” said Dyke. “What this means is that every unit of energy into the drive will produce more energy out. A common complaint we heard in the industry is that when air-compressed test benches are being run, it can suck so much energy from the circuit that other operations in the facility are negatively impacted during the test. This is not an issue when using the E-Drive.”
The electric drive in the TB PRO provides practical benefits such as conducting tests with more control. Gradually climbing to high pressures and holding these pressures is easy work for the E-Drive due to the intensifier found within. This piece of equipment is what allows this machine to create so much power with less input energy. It is able to test up to 60,000 psi.
“Due to these immense pressures, we have equipped TB PRO with dual-layered steel walls for the safety of the operators and the machine. If the inner wall is damaged in a blowout, it can be replaced,” Dyke continued. “Air compressors not only use more energy, but are also very aggressive on the material being tested. For example, going from 0% to 100% pressure in an instant can cause unnecessary stress on a hose, and the immediate release of this pressure can create a vacuum and strip the interior layer of a hose. At that point, you would be sending a damaged hose into production that technically at the time of testing was able to hold the proper pressure. Our SoftBleed technology slowly releases pressure, preventing such damages from occurring.”
All Finn-Power test benches create state of the art test certificates that are a huge plus for producers. They track the entire test from start to finish with an auto-scaling visual graph, allowing producers to make sure the hose performed as expected. Having this test certificate is like insurance on your hoses, giving producers proof that they delivered a perfectly functioning hose and therefore providing peace of mind that they will not be held liable for any future faults in the product. Aside from this, many industries require retesting of hoses. Through Lillbacka’s software, users can track a single hose over and over again through its lifetime by bringing up its previous tests and retesting it, seeing year-by-year how the hose is holding up, and spot any potential defects that arise.
These new test benches also include general safety features such as double-locking steel doors, and a thick polycarbonate glass shield up to 12 mm or 0.472. in. thick.
Additionally, ease of use reaches new levels with EasyLogging. Production managers are able to send recipes remotely for a fully automated system, and operators can even use a barcode scanner for inputting pre-made recipes. The test bench will automatically do the rest of the work for the user, aside from flushing the hose after the test.
“These test benches are invaluable in industries that require frequent testing, and we are excited to keep innovating and improving them as we move forward,” Dyke concluded.