A Pragmatic Approach to Production NVH Test of Seat Adjusters 2011-01-1659
A powered seat adjuster is a complex mass-produced assembly that is heavily optimized for low cost and light weight. The consequence is an inevitable degree of uncontrolled variation in components, subassemblies, and final product. Automakers are driving an exceptional focus on quality and the showroom experience of the car buyer is paramount. Therefore, any seat adjuster with the potential to not satisfy the customer's expectation is likely to be screened on the production line.
This paper describes NVH metric design in the context of automated production line detection of seat adjuster defects. A key requirement of the production environment is that the metrics offer intuitive explanations of possible defects and are based on industry-standard formulations. The metric set is a hybrid of objective and subjective parameters with a focus on ensuring a robust sorting process that maximizes detection while minimizing the possibility of failing acceptable product. As a set, the metrics are therefore capable of correlation to human subjective impression of the seat track sound as well as direct indication of specific defects that may fail one or more objective metrics.