JP DeLuca has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and over 35 years’ experience in Leak Testing solutions. He is currently serving as Sales Manager for LACO Technologies. JP spent 30 years with Alcatel Vacuum Products, employed in several positions, among them Leak Detection Director of Sales, Product Team Director and VP of Sales (IRIS market). He has authored multiple articles centered around leak testing solutions for publications such as Assembly Magazine, Quality, R&D, Vacuum Technology and Coating (VTC), and Gases & Technology. Additionally, he has presented several papers in venues such as the PDA Convention (Kyoto), local AVS chapters, and several US labs. His expertise includes air leak testing methods, all types of helium leak testing methods and technologies, and non-helium tracer gas leak testing processes.
LEARNING THEATER PRESENTATION
Ingress Leak Testing - Protecting Products from their Environment
Engineers are required to design and manufacture products which must function in a wide range of challenging environments. Ingress of foreign materials into a product can reduce shelf life, operating life, alter performance, or render the product inoperable all together. Such environments include high dust and humidity, water immersion, or even the inside of the human body, just to mention a few. Understanding the wide range of environments a product will be exposed to and the impact foreign material ingression may have on the product is key to developing a maximum acceptable ingress leak rate for the product. Additionally, a comprehensive knowledge of the different leak testing methods including capabilities, strengths, and limitations, is essential to successfully implementing an effective production leak test protocol. To gain a greater understanding of the different leak testing methods, we will review common challenges, leak test methods, and industry standards and practices related to leak testing for ingress protection.