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Rapid X-ray imaging technology ensures high-quality fuel cells for electric vehicles

Two major forces in Japanese manufacturing came together to solve the problem of particulate contamination of fuel cells for electric vehicles.
(SI NEWS Featured article, collaboration with Nature Research Custom Media)

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Developing an inline X-ray contaminant tester

By incorporating Hitachi High-Tech Science’s diagnostic technology into production lines for the Mirai’s FC stack, Toyota gained the ability to test every unit via inline testing, enabling mass production of high-quality FC stacks.
What sorts of technical innovations were needed to realize this novel quality-control system, so crucial for successfully mass-producing fuel-cell vehicles? We decided to ask an expert.
( SI NEWS “Focused Solution” Case.01, Interviewing the developers)