Software and hardware for efficient composites processing

 

COHO 601 gas flow and vacuum bag leak detection system

COHO Gas Flow and Vacuum Leak Detection System (pat. pend.)

  • The COHO gas flow and vacuum leak detection system (pat. pend.) consists of high-performance gas flow sensors that connect to the standard vacuum lines in a composites processing facility.
  • Sensor information is transmitted wirelessly, or through an Ethernet connection, to a computer that processes the data.
  • COHO measures gas flow, displays real-time data and trends, and provides guidance to the operator through console computers, large screen displays, and/or roamer tablets.
  • Evacuation, off-gassing, and leaks can been identified, measured, localized and recorded.

Vacuum leaks and bag integrity are generally determined by using pressure drop tests, which are time consuming and part size dependent. With COHO, gas flow is measured directly at the vacuum ports so that bag leaks can be identified instantly  and their location determined in real time by analyzing the gas flow signals.

Applications:

  • Real time gas flow and leak detection for composites manufacturing.
  • Vacuum bag leak detection and localization.
  • Vacuum system (hoses & fittings) leak detection.
  • Monitoring composite evacuation and off-gassing with moisture detection.
  • Designed for both production and process development.

Benefits:

  • Simple setup and operation.
  • Faster & better vacuum bagging.
  • Identify leaks instantly, with real time flow monitoring for continuous feedback.
  • Integrated and automatic vacuum decay tests.
  • Automated reports provided for every run and test
  • Locate leaks easily and quickly using leak localization modules.
  • Flow based leak rate measurements are part size independent, as opposed to traditional pressure rise tests which are not.
  • Monitor part evacuation and off-gassing.
  • Review, compare, and data mine historical measurements.

Features:

  • Multi-channel high sensitivity flow sensing with by-passing that ensures low vacuum loss.
  • Workflow oriented user interface.
  • Vacuum pressure measurement.
  • Integrated vacuum regulation.
  • Moisture detection.
  • Real time data viewing with digital commenting.
  • Leak localization algorithms that predict the most likely leak locations.
  • The COHO gas flow and vacuum leak detection system consists of high-performance gas flow sensors that connect to the standard vacuum lines used in composites processing.
  • An on-board computer processes the sensor data for real-time displays.
  • The system provides the operator with gas flow measurement data and trends through console computers, large screen displays, and/or roamer tablets.
  • Evacuation, off-gassing, and leaks can been identified, measured, and recorded.
  • The COHO user interface is workflow oriented with assemblies that represent actual factory conditions, and built-in leak localization algorithms predict leak locations.
  • Convergent provides turnkey, user friendly vacuum leak detection solutions.

 

This feature table shows the capabilities of our hardware series, COHO 600 and COHO 800.

UserCOHO 600 SeriesCOHO 800 Series
 601-02601-03802-01
Engineering/ R&Dcheck markcheck mark check mark
Production check markcheck mark
Features  
Automated Part/Test Reportingcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Integrated Pressure Drop Testscheck markcheck markcheck mark
Portable, Rugged Suitcasecheck markcheck mark 
Industrial Cart  check mark
Instrumented Vacuum Lines  6612, 18, 24+
Instrumented Vacuum Control Valves 004
Integrated Vacuum Regulation  check mark
Rugged Frontend Laptop check markcheck markOptional
Full-size Operator Console  check mark

Standard Software Package
Generalized interface that provides flexible configuration of workflows and assemblies for each activity.

check markcheck markcheck mark

Factory Software Module
Targeted interface intended for factory environment, constraining use to pre-defined workflows, presenting data in an easy-to-understand manner. Customizable to your manufacturing processes.

 check markcheck mark

Maximum Unique Secondary Displays Clients
Each unique display client shows real-time visualizations of the COHO activity. 

014

Add-on Sensors Supported
These can include inclinometers, etc. Please contact Convergent to inquire about compatibility.

  check mark
User Serviceable Filters  check mark
Inlet size / type1/4" NPT1/4" NPT3/8" NPT
High Flow Outlet size / type1" NPT 1" NPT 2" NPT 
Low Flow Outlet size / type1/4" NPT1/4" NPT 
User-Replaceable Smart Manifolds   check mark
Premium Features

Daisy Chain Functionality
Connect the modular and portable COHO systems together to increase the number of vacuum lines when needed.

Optionalcheck markcheck mark

Flow Standard Tool
Self-check the calibration of the flow sensors to verify performance of the COHO system.

Optionalcheck markcheck mark

WiFi Module
Required for use of wireless display clients. 

Optionalcheck markcheck mark

Mobile Display Client (Tablet)
The mobile display client gives operators the freedom to move around with the COHO data in the palm of their hands. The WiFi module is required.

Optionalcheck markcheck mark

Team Display Client (Large Screen)
The team display client is indispensable in workflows with team members working on a large part. It allows everyone to see the COHO data at a glance. The WiFi module is required.

Optional check mark
Spare Smart Manifolds  Optional
Commissioning and Training
On-site commissioningOptionalcheck markcheck mark
1-day on-site trainingOptionalcheck markcheck mark

 

,
COHO 601 Portable Vacuum Leak Detection System
COHO 802 24-line factory system for leak detection in vacuum bags
COHO 802 24-line factory system for leak detection in vacuum bags