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A Cincinnati Test Systems leak test machine.

Cincinnati Test Systems provides instrumentation and turnkey test systems for leak detection. Its systems are used on the production line for clients worldwide across a range of verticals including automotive, medical, HVAC/R, consumer electronics, and general industry. A key aspect of their process is sourcing suppliers that design highly repeatable leak-tight components to build their instruments and test systems.

The Challenge:

CTS‘ leak testing can be conducted across a wide range of environments from vacuums to settings that experience upwards of 500 psig of pressure. In order to test properly for leaks across a variety of media, the company must use couplings that are of the highest quality and meet specific requirements to ensure accuracy. CTS measures drops in PSI in the hundredths or even thousandths, so any small leak will greatly affect testing accuracy.

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Additionally, couplings are required to be designed for longevity, holding up to repeated testing without leaking, and must be designed to fit a wide variety of systems.

Stäubli‘s Solutions:

Stäubli’s RBE quick release couplings meet these requirements due to their compact size and rugged design. The connectors stand up to the “sometimes-extreme pressure required to ensure accurate tests, keeping compressed air, and trace gases like helium contained“. The modular RBE coupling offers a wide range of component materials and seals and features an easy-to-use, built-in button locking system. The connectors are also designed with repeatability in mind, handling the repetitive process of media testing without any lapse in performance. Re-inserted into the testing instruments once every shift, these fail-proof quick release connectors keep air out and pressure in to ensure the highest accuracy.

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"Stäubli quick release connectors help keep cycle time at a low rate, which allows us to test more parts in less time. That's a good thing for our customers." - Thomas Beischel, CTS R&D Product Manager.

The Result:

CTS has committed to implementing the Staubli connector into two-thirds of its testing systems and has experienced increased performance and quality of results associated to this connection method. The compact design of the Staubli connector provides a low volume, leak-free connection, allowing for faster calibration and increased confidence in the overall result. Eliminating volume and leak connection risk is integral to leak test instrumentation as well as leak test systems, and the Staubli quick connection provides a cornerstone of confidence to both CTS and CTS customers.

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“Stäubli’s connectors are a compact, low leak solution with a unique design that allows our team to place these fittings with confidence in critical locations for a variety of client applications." - Thomas Beischel, CTS R&D Product Manager.

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Editor's Choice


Allied Electronics & Automation is offering pre-assembled bundles of its private-label RS Pro aimed at helping companies restart on-site operations, and helping remote workers be more productive and connected in their offsite office environments.

As companies begin safely welcoming employees back to facilities, Allied has added a range of RS Pro kits and bundles specifically designed to help protect workers and workplaces, including:

  • Individual personal protective equipment kits to reduce the spread of germs and infection in the workplace such as N95 respirator masks, or non-woven 3-ply face masks suitable for use in non-medical industries.
  • A variety of janitorial and cleaning kits stocked with essential cleaning equipment such as hand brushes, brooms, dustpans, mops and buckets. Color-coding of the kits aids in streamlining workplace procedures, segregating departments, and identifying missing items for quick replacement.
  • Safety and distancing signage to enable clear, concise and specific communication of protective, safety and sanitation procedures for employees and visitors.
  • Contactless temperature measurement tools, from basic handheld infrared thermometers to advanced thermal imaging systems that allow for monitoring of body temperature, and fever detection.

Allied is also offering remote work product bundles that include a high-definition webcam, a high-fidelity headset with microphone, and multimedia speakers, along with bulk packages of essential supplies such as batteries and cable ties.

In addition to product bundles, Allied is also offering Seek Scan thermal imaging systems that deliver accurate contactless skin temperature measurements to enable public health and social distancing protocols. In seconds, the system automatically detects a face, identifies the most reliable facial features for measurement, and displays an alert if someone is warmer than the customizable alarm temperature.


MM range of pneumatic clamps (up to 475Nm) offer fast repetitive clamping cycles on manual or automated production lines to aid the achievement of lower costs and more efficient output.


Kee Rigid Anchors fall arrest systems provide personal fall protection in tie-back applications including suspended platforms, window washing, equipment tie-back, and general rooftop maintenance and repair operations. 


Dillon Jaw Forming rings, or Jaw Boring Rings, provide uniform pressure on jaws, allowing soft jaws or full-grip jaws to be precisely machined. A firmer grip of the workpiece allows for a more consistent bore, especially on large diameter chucks.


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