ATC's Micro-Flow Technology, the Intelligent Gas Leak Sensor (IGLS), introduces a new dimension in leak testing, offering a breakthrough in leak testing with short cycle time, temperature stability, and low measurement ranges using air that in the past could only have been achieved with helium mass spectrometry. The IGLS performs direct and accurate measurements with no need for “daily” calibration, which makes for a cost effective, simple to use leak test instrument with low maintenance.
The IGLS is an integrated micro-sensor based on ATC's patented accelerated laminar flow (ALF) design, measuring flow, pressure and temperature. The IGLS is the only existing sensor where its output is proportional to the volume flow in the viscous and slip flow regimes (in pressure from vacuum to high pressure) and proportional to the mass flow in the transitional and molecular flow regimes*. The IGLS includes a built-in micro-processor based leak test controller, which enables direct leak flow measurement.
ATC's Mass Extraction Technology takes advantage of the Micro-Flow phenomena and gas expansion, which occurs while the test is conducted in a vacuum. ATC's Mass Extraction IGLS sensors demonstrate sensitivity similar to most of the helium mass spectrometry (HMS) applications, typically starting from 5x10-7 sccs using air.
ATC's patented Adaptive Test feature enables the IGLS to learn parts signature and dynamically accepts or rejects the unit under test based on statistical consideration. This feature further reduces average cycle time, making ATC's Micro-Flow Technology the fastest leak test method on the market.
* Viscous, slip, transitional and molecular flow are micro-fluid dynamic terms.
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ATC, Inc.'s Intelligent Gas Leak Sensor (IGLS), Intelligent Gas Flow Sensor/Standard (IGFS), Intelligent Molecular Flow Sensor (IMFS), Mass Extraction Technology and Leak-Tek© Program are proprietary products belonging to Advanced Test Concepts (ATC), Inc. and are protected by existing patents (5,861,546; 6,308,556B1; 6,584,828B2; 6,854,318B2; EP1356260) as well as other US and International patents pending.
Adaptive Test Feature and Set Up Tools are proprietary products belonging to ATC, Inc. and are protected by existing patent (7,231,811B2). The Leak-Tek© Program, Gas-Cal© Program, and Flo-Cal© Program are protected by international copyright laws.