Pressing or joining is one of the most common manufacturing operations. Press-fit, also called interference fit, is an automated pressing process that involves using force to fasten two parts. Various industries use press-fit or interference fit in manufacturing, including automotive, off-highway, medical, appliances, and electronics.

Leaks, unwanted noise and other defects found downstream on production lines are often due to missed issues during the press-fit process. These issues result in time consuming and costly scrapping and reworking that slows down your production line.

Utilizing the right type of press force monitoring is critical in detecting joining defects early in the process, before they cost larger and costlier issues. Sciemetric applies advanced digital process signature technology to monitor every step of the press force operation to catch defects accurately and reliably, as they occur.

In this video, Sciemetric’s CTO, Richard Brine, demonstrates the Sciemetric EDGE solution for press-fit applications on the production line. Learn how the Sciemetric solution gives you a close-up look at your application using powerful data acquisition technology and waveform analytics to pinpoint the specific problems in your process.



Quick configuration and deployment of your Press-Fit application with Sciemetric EDGE

Sciemetric EDGE is a comprehensive solution for monitoring and controlling virtually any industrial process. It includes modular hardware that allows you to scale your system easily, and powerful Sciemetric Studio software for data analysis and visualization.

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Sciemetric EDGE Studio Software: Data review capabilities such as feature editing with trend data (shown above).
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Sciemetric EDGE Studio Software: System management capabilities such as module discovery (shown above).

The Sciemetric EDGE Press-Fit solution is a standard offer that provides you with a press application, Studio software and EDGE hardware modules. You can use the EDGE Press-Fit solution to form a single-ram or multi-ram press monitoring solution. Start with the default configuration to get up and running quickly or make simple modifications to meet your specific requirements.

The Press-Fit solution allows you to detect a broad range of defects, including:

  • Malfunctioning press equipment, e.g. loss of hydraulic fluid
  • Out-of-tolerance components
  • Poor surface finishes
  • Broken parts
  • Misalignment
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Sciemetric EDGE 412 Dual Carrier


sigPOD adds intelligence to your press-fit operations

Sciemetric’s sigPOD delivers an unbeatable combination of price, functionality, and performance far beyond the typical window and postage-stamp analysis of other press-fit monitoring systems. It uses unique digital process signature analysis software to capture, analyze, and store thousands of data points from each pressing operation to deliver the most accurate real-time press-fit defect detection.

sigPOD works with any hydraulic, servo electric, pneumatic (air over oil), and mechanical presses. The waveform analysis software provides real-time force distance monitoring results, giving you valuable insight into the quality of manufactured assemblies and components.

Finds part issues

  • Incorrect orientation
  • Cracked
  • Over-size
  • Under-size
  • Improper insertion
  • Tolerance stack-up

Identifies process or machine issues

  • Bad alignment
  • Improper lubrication
  • Wrong ram speed
  • Loose fixtures
  • Damaged seals
  • Low hydraulic pressure

Digital signatures provide greater accuracy in press force monitoring

Sciemetric force distance monitoring technology is based on digital process signatures, or waveform analysis, which analyzes all the critical points of an operation to determine a pass/fail decision. Signature analysis provides a visual representation of the process.

The force distance waveform is a combination of force vs. time and distance vs. time measurements.


The combined press signature provides a visual overview of the key measurement parameters.

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Variations in the repeatable curve are indications of problems. Only Sciemetric enables the reprocessing and overlay of signatures to determine the root cause of issues. For example, looking at a population of signatures, the chatter seen can be attributed to spikes in force caused by the rocking of the pin being inserted during the operation.


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Real-world applications for press-fit defect detection

Sciemetric's pressing process defect detection provides reliable monitoring in various press test applications, including:

  • Brake Pad Press
  • Crimp Nut Press
  • Power Steering Pump Press
  • Assembly Press
  • Valve Seat Press
  • Oil Plug Press
  • Cup Plug Press
  • EGR Assembly Press
  • Turbo Pipe Press
  • Snap Ring Press
  • Tube Press
  • Bearing Press
  • Fuel Tank Valve Press Application

Learn more about how our process monitoring and in-process test capabilities have been used to:

Create a new integrity test system that included press-fit monitoring for a reputable brake pad manufacturer


Replace subjective method of testing rubber-to-metal bond on a part


Provide precise control and monitoring of power steering pump press-fit assembly for an automotive parts manufacturer



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Smart manufacturing: Lever the data from press-fit operations

Sciemetric enables manufacturers to use the data from press force operations to improve the process continuously. We also can connect press operations to other operations in the factory to provide a complete part history.

Explore how our QualityWorX suite of data management and manufacturing analytics software can consolidate press-fit monitoring data with all the rest of your production part data to enable quick response to quality or throughput issues. Find the root causes of defects, correlate downstream problems to upstream stations and get full traceability.

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