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ESS “Speedy” - Severe Stress Screening

We operate, today, in a market in which products seem apparently the same and the competition to gain customers’ loyalty is played on the quality and reliability fields. The stress screening tests help manufacturers increase the reliability of their products.
ESS tests consist in exposing specimens to thermic and climatic stresses to force latent defects arise and intervene in the production phase accordingly to increase quality.
The stress screening tests ensure that the problems, which normally arise during the useful life of the product, are discovered during the testing phase before the production starts.
The Discovery ESS “speedy” chamber series was developed to help manufacturers detecting product defects and production flaws. Screening can force infancy board and component failures that would otherwise occur after final assembly and product delivery, and potentially during the warranty period.
Two versions are available, according to the temperature rate of change (10°C/min and 15°C/min).

ESS ImprovesESS Reduces
Product quality Fields defect
Product reliability Warranty costs
Production throughput Time to market
Profit margins Early failure on field
Customer satisfaction Manufacturing costs

Severe Stress Screening Chamber Range

ESS VERSIONESS VERSION 
CLIMATIC AND THERMOSTATIC MODELS CLIMATIC AND THERMOSTATIC MODELS
T range -75/+180°C T range -75/+180°C
10 K/min 15 K/min
DM250 C (T) 10 ESS
DM500 C (T) 10 ESS
DM1000 C (T) 10 ESS
DM1400 C (T) 10 ESS
DM250 C (T) 15 ESS
DM500 C (T) 15 ESS
DM1000 C (T) 15 ESS
DM1400 C (T) 15 ESS


Please click on the following link to open the DM ESS Datasheet.

general features

Control and management system and interfaces
Controlled by PLC and Advanced HMI

Remote access
There is a wide range of possibilities thanks to the built-in MyKratos™ and MyAngel24™; multichamber control also available upon request

Electromagnetic closing system
Ensures the security of environmental tests

Air treatment system
Ensures a precise control of the climatic parameters inside the chamber with minimal thermal inertia; an axial fan allows rapid temperature variations of both air and specimen.

Humidification system (only climatic version)
The humidifier with a self-contained heater and dedicated controlling S/W offers two great advantages:
- it does not require distilled or demineralised water to operate properly

- it uses ‘dry’ vapour in order to avoid condensation on the specimens and to reproduce real environmental conditions

Environmental Stress Screening (ESS)
Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) is a process of exposing a product to stresses by fast temperature changing rate in order to force latent defects to manifest themselves.
Stress screening ensures that defects, which normally arise during the useful life of a product, are discovered during testing prior to the pre-production phase.

Complete basic configuration

  • MyKratos™ and MyAngel24™: top of  the line HMI for remote control
  • Inspection window: multiple-crystal, with double heated transparent film, 550 h X 450 mm size
  • Internal lighting
  • Self feeding system (tap water through chamber embedded softener)
  • Wheels and feet
  • Electromagnetic closing system
  • Silicone portholes: 80 mm (left side) and 150 mm diameter (right side) fitted with silicone cap. They allow internal-external electrical, mechanical or hydraulic connections
  • Digital min./max. thermostat: with independent probe
  • No. 1 internal grid shelf
  • Auxiliary contacts (specimens, alarms)

options

  • Additional portholes: 80 and 150 mm
  • Water condenser: for the chambers which are normally equipped with air condenser
  • UV lamp: for ageing tests on painted surfaces, plastic materials, rubber, etc
  • Handling port hole: Ø125 mm, positioned on the door near the inspection window. It allows handling specimens inside the chamber 
  • Internal shelves: AISI 304 stainless steel, adjustable in height, grid shelves to be added to the one supplied
  • Reinforced floor: max 500 kg distributed load
  • Notch 50x70mm
  • Set of no. 4 analogic inputs 0÷10V for user’s data acquisition (no. 1 set max)
  • Set of no. 4 PT100 inputs (no. 1 set max)
  • Set of no. 4 PT100
  • Set of no. 8 auxiliary contacts (no. 1 set max)
  • No break power unit for PLC
  • Compressed air dehumidification kit
  • Capacitive probe: RH Controlling and monitoring (activated by control system)
  • Temperature and Humidity (for climatic chambers) analogic retransmission
  • Temperature extension to +200° C
  • Air fan motor speed adjustment
  • Specimen switching off in case of chamber alarm
  • Air flow booster
  • Tablet Samsung or compatible
  • MyKratos™ Multichamber: software, installed on a PC, for monitoring and control multiple chambers

chamber floor loading and specification details

  • Max. floor load 100 kg/m² approx. (equally distributed)
  • Max. load of the shelf 50 kg approx. (equally distributed)
  • Internal test space is made of stainless steel (material 1.4301, equivalent of AISI 304)
  • All seams are TIG welded and vapour tight

air treatment system

System includes the following components:

  • Cooling evaporator
  • Heating system
  • Dehumidification system (only climatic version)
  • Thermoregulation air circulation fan
  • Temperature and humidity probe

cooling

Mechanical cooling based on single stage system (-40°C) or cascade systems (–70°C). The cooling system is realized with semi-hermetic alternative type compressors including an automatic injection-type protection system. This protects the compressors when they are cooling down from high temperatures.

heating

The chamber is heated by means of electrical heaters, protected by safe thermostats that disconnect overall chamber main power components (such as compressors, fans and heaters) in case of accidental over-temperature.

HUMIDIFICATION AND DEHUMIDIFICATION (climatic models)

Direct humidification occurs through an electrical vapour humidifier.
The chamber is equipped with a water storage tank (about 18 l capacity) and a water connection on the back of the chamber for automatic refilling.

There are three ways to ensure the water supply needed for any kind of climatic tests:

  • Connecting the chamber to normal tap water network by means of suitable water connection
  • Manually refilling the tank with demineralised water
  • Connecting the chamber to demineralised network

In order to reduce water consumption, water recycling can be activated through a button on the control panel (only possible when the specimen does not contaminate the water during the test).
Dehumidification is performed by the condensation cooler (dew point cooler) directly connected to the refrigeration circuit. This principle permits high stability of parameters in conjunction with energy-efficient dehumidification.

humidity control

Temperature Measurement with Pt100 thermal probe Class A, max precision 0,3K.
Relative humidity measurement with Assmann psychrometric system complete with Pt100 thermal probes.
Relative Humidity range from 10% to 98% within the temperature range [+10°C; +95°C].

Dew Point range:

  • AREA 1, from +4°C to +94°C for continuous tests
  • AREA 2, down to -3°C for limited periods based on starting conditions and foreseen testing time

The values refer to the basic version at ambient temperature of +22°C, with temperature and humidity measurement made in the air inlet.

CONTROL SYSTEM AND USER INTERFACE

The chamber is equipped with a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) for managing all the chamber’s functions and safety interlocks. The HMI system consists of an on-board panel (Keykratos Evo) and a remote control (MyKratos™ including MyAngel24™) connected to the chamber. 

On-Board Panel (Keykratos Evo) consists of 3.5 inch Analog Touch Panel 65,536 colours with a touch menu with related pop up screens, allowing the following activities: main chamber's parameter setup, manual control, possbility to start the last stored profile, visualization of eventual alarm notifications. 

MYKRATOS™

MyKratos™ control software makes it possible to manage, monitor and assist the chamber anywhere, at any time, in multiple ways (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, mobile network) via mobile and desktop devices. The chamber wireless (Wi-Fi) connection permits operation using tablets and smartphones (iOS 8 or Android 4.2.1 compatible). The operator interface can also be remotely accessed through a chamber connection to the client’s LAN or via mobile network (on activation of SIM card data). It includes the MyAngel24™ remote-assistance system.

MyAngel24™

MyAngel24™ is an online diagnostic and remote servicing system included in the chamber basic configuration, activation is possible on Customer demand. Once activated, Angelantoni Server acquires data coming from the chamber, allowing ACS Service Staff to grant a remote assistance 24h.
ACS service staff can identify the problem and if possible, solve it remotely, or at least identify parts that may need to be replaced and check their stock availability in order to schedule an utmost efficient on-site intervention.

Control System - main features

 

TECHNICAL FUNCTIONS

  • Visualization and graphical analysis of measures and recordings
  • Synoptic graphs of the entire system
  • Multilanguage support
  • High configurability of chamber parameters
  • Unlimited possibilities of measures recording
  • Program and Manual mode of chamber operation
  • Delayed start of a program
  • Automatic notifications of event and alarms
  • Ability to send email notification to various recipients via customer's LAN connection

GRAFIC FUNCTIONS

  • Live data update of measures on the charts
  • Graphic charts or numeric table representation views on the monitor
  • Graphic cursor for in-chart data measurements and evaluations
  • Calculation of Measure Slopes and report generation
  • Enable/disable of chart display
  • Zoom in, zoom out and scroll functions
  • Export function to convert the MyKratos™ log file into ASCII format (usable in Excel or other applications)

 

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