SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI — Involve Test & Control Inc. (ITC), a Shelby Township, Michigan-based designer and builder of leak test systems recently introduced a “Tryout Program” for their VICATS-LTS leak test unit that ultimately won them the opportunity to provide leak test systems for battery systems maker A123 both in the U.S. and in China.

Al Pike, vice president and general manger of ITC explains, “In a lot of industries, getting a potential customer to take a look at a new piece of leak testing equipment is difficult. Leak testing is really a science, with different leak testing methods, and once a customer gets comfortable with a supplier it is hard to get-your-foot-in-the-door. Our solution to that situation was to develop a leak test tryout program for one of our standard products and let the customer put it right to work in their plant and experience the results first hand…at no initial cost to the customer."

Pike adds, “We had previously designed and built leak test systems for automotive battery trays, assemblies and covers so we targeted A123 as a high potential user for our equipment. They were amenable to having us set up our system in their Livonia, Michigan plant and it proved itself. The unit is currently being shipped to China for testing in plants there as well."

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