Bartec USA have supplied automated and manual TPMS learning and programming systems for production lines to vehicle manufacturers around the world.
Final line systems, by their very nature, must be highly reliable and need minimal user intervention if automated. The process usually includes some integration with the factory systems so that vehicles can be successfully identified before being read by the equipment. The most important design feature of the Bartec USA antenna systems is to distinguish between real and false radio signals to eliminate RF reflections and crosstalk. The Bartec USA LF and RF design of antenna system provides the very highest performance of TPMS equipment and minimises rework.
Both manual and automatic options are available, selected depending on volumes predicted. Their aim is to activate and read the Tire Pressure Sensor at each wheel (so wheels must have been previously fitted to the vehicle) and transfer the data directly to the vehicle, or to the plant database systems for audit and use by subsequent stations or at rolls testing.
Bartec USA have a range of TPMS Test Antennas and Tools designed for different stages of the vehicle assembly line. These are designed to read the TPMS sensors to test them, associate them with their position on the vehicle and download their data. They are deployed on the final line and at possible rework stages.
The equipment includes a range of static antennas that can be mounted adjacent to the line to read TPMS wheels as the vehicle moves down the production line. These antennas are designed to activate 100% of all Tire Pressure sensors which pass in front of them. This is a highly scientific process. The LF (low frequency) field which emanates from the antenna is designed to give 100% coverage of the antenna at the right activation power level for the sensor. Bartec USA plot the LF field for each antenna before shipping from our factory and supply the printed 'plot' to the customer as part of the quality assurance process. The activation uses our patented multi coil activation technology to eliminate LF nulls in the field as otherwise it is possible for TPMS sensors to pass through the antenna field without activation. This reduces potential rework significantly.
Plant systems include:
Bartec Auto ID's latest IAS (Integrated Antenna System) range of line side antennas provide the most effective solution for medium to high volume production line manufacturing systems.
The IAS provides access to multiple TPMS types and decoder requirements, fast aggressive and accurate reading, optimisation for many variables (frequency, modulation, protocol, power level, LF and RF interference etc) resulting in a very efficient solution.
The UHF transmitted by the sensor may be 315MHz, 433MHz or 309MHz and there are other variants. The Bartec USA antennas house an array of different frequency receivers to collect these UHF transmissions. The receivers are positioned to differentiate the signals coming from the wheel in front of the antenna and those being transmitted from other wheels on the car or indeed from other cars in the plant. Again this patented Bartec USA technology ensures that read rate is kept to the maximum possible level and rework to a minimum.
In some countries a further production line process is required to put the TPMS sensors to sleep so that they do not transmit during storage and shipping thereby contravening local radio legislation. This normally involves the transmission of a further LF telegram (datagram).
Bartec USA has supplied final line systems to Ford, GM, Subaru, Chrysler, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Isuzu, Holden, BMW Motorcycles, Hyundai, Kia, GM Daewoo, and many other OEM's. In total over 80 final line systems have been installed making the company the worldwide market leader.
For lower volume production line areas, it is possible to provide a cost effective manual reading based solution.
These systems provide the following advantages:
Almost all plants that have installed an automated system have started with the hand tools at low volumes and then moved the hand tools into a rework area once automated systems are brought on line. Alternatively the plant has moved straight into the automated production line systems and used the portable tools for rework or supplementary on-line testing.
It is also possible to programme the vehicle directly with the TPMS data on the production line using Bartec USA tools.
This can be done by a live OBD connection from the TPMS PC via a carrier to an OBD over the vehicle line or by a TPMS hand tool with OBD connectivity and programme function.
In most plants where an on-line system has been installed, rework systems are also usually provided. These allow any faulty TPMs or problematic vehicles to be taken off the line and reworked in a static station and then the data collected and programmed to the vehicle (if required).
These stations can be networked to the on-line systems and any vehicle reporting TPMS problems whilst still on the production line (e.g. faulty Tire Pressure Sensor, no sensor fitted etc) then the vehicle information can be passed ahead of the vehicle to a networked printer detailing the problem and informing the Rework operative that a vehicle is due for rework.
Additionally, any vehicles that have had TPMS fitted when not specified can also be processed in the same way. This requires that the TPMS reading systems that are on the line (usually automated) are setup to read all vehicles, both TPMS fitted and NON-TPMS fitted to establish correct TPMS build for all vehicles.
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