Testing and Measuring

Whether you need to measure dimensions or perform some sort of flaw detection on sheet, tube, or pipe, you'll find what you need in this technology area. It discusses measuring coordinates, diameters, and hardnesses; flaw detection using eddy current, ultrasonic, radiographic, and X-ray systems; and using a few other equipment types, such as vision systems and material composition analyzers.

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Portable, hand-held surface gauge offers simplified calibration verification

March 5, 2015

Mahr Federal has introduced the Pocket Surf® IV portable surface-finish gauge. A new feature allows for the display of Ra, Rz, and Rmax values at a glance with only one measurement stroke. The single-button calibration process does not require additional tools. The company’s MarConnect...

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Merit Capital Partners and 24/6 Capital Partners acquire NDT company

March 3, 2015

Merit Capital Partners and 24/6 Capital Partners have announced the acquisition of Tulsa Gamma Ray and Texas Gamma Ray (TGR). The business, based in Houston, now operates under the name TGR Industrial Services. Industry veteran Matt Sisson has been named CEO of TGR, and Tom Crews has been named...

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Power/energy meter measures lasers up to 120 kW

February 24, 2015

Ophir Photonics has introduced the 120K-W laser power meter. According to the company, the meter is the only commercial sensor for measuring 120-kW lasers. It is designed for heavy-duty applications, such as deep-penetration welding, drilling, and cutting large products in the field; metal forming;...

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Probe designed for simplified corrosion imaging

February 23, 2015

Olympus has introduced the Dual Linear Array™ probe, designed to improve the inspection of internally corroded parts such as pipes, tanks, and plates. This phased array system features large beam coverage, fast scan speed, and C-scan imaging with increased data-point density. The probe’s...

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UV-A lamps for NDT inspection available in three models

February 20, 2015

Spectroline® TRITAN™ 365 series multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A lamps feature three ultrahigh-flux UV-A LEDs for NDT inspection, plus a white light LED to illuminate dark work areas. A rubber bumper with a Borofloat® glass lens protects the LEDs from damage. The compact lamps weigh 16 oz. The...

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Length gauge measures delicate materials without force

February 18, 2015

Heidenhain has added two new models to its Zero-Force Metro length gauge line for measuring extremely sensitive, malleable materials without product deformation. Available in 0.47-in. stroke lengths, one model offers a gauging force of 0.25 N in any mounting orientation with a weak spring,...

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Element Materials Technology opens facility in Netherlands

February 17, 2015

Element Materials Technology has opened a new materials testing and failure analysis facility in Hengelo, Netherlands, continuing the company’s strategic long-term investment in the oil and gas testing sector. The facility strengthens the company’s materials testing and product qualification...

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Mistras-Metco opens NDE lab in Houston

February 10, 2015

Mistras Group Inc.’s Metco, a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) services provider, recently announced the opening of its largest purpose-built NDE laboratory in Houston. The facility, one of two company locations in the Houston area, houses 13 industrial radiography scanning bullpens, the most of...

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Spectrometer offers axial plasma and radial plasma observation

February 6, 2015

Spectro Analytical Instruments has introduced the Arcos high-resolution ICP-OES spectrometer. According to the manufacturer, it is the only spectrometer featuring the fast selection of axial plasma or radial plasma observation in a single instrument, without any optical compromise. Designed for...

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Flash monitor updated with new software, HMI

February 5, 2015

InspecTech has introduced improvements to I.B.I.S. (InspecTech B-scan Inspection System) flash monitor for the welded tube industry. The software and firmware have been enhanced, and the HMI has been updated and improved. The test head of the flash monitor scans across the weld zone and...

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Sheaths protect thermocouples in furnace heating control systems

February 4, 2015

HotRod™ pyrometry sheaths from Morgan Molten Metal Systems protect thermocouples in furnace heating control systems. The pyrometer assemblies are made of an erosion-resistant clay-graphite mix with special plasticity properties, which then is extruded into the proper shape. The pryometer...

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Perceptron to acquire two European metrology companies

February 3, 2015

Perceptron Inc., Plymouth, Mich., a provider of noncontact 3-D machine vision systems for industrial measurement, inspection, and robot guidance applications, has reached an agreement to acquire Coord3 Industries SRL, a midmarket designer and builder of CMMs based in Turin, Italy. In addition, the...

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Quality springs forward with 3-D printing

January 29, 2015

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Newcomb Spring Corp. makes its quality assurance more efficient by upgrading its inspection equipment and investing in 3-D printing. The company’s move shows how advanced inspection and additive manufacturing work together.

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Proactive maintenance, predictable performance in metal fabrication

January 23, 2015

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At Midland Metal Products, all machines have asset tags on them. So do calipers and tape measures—and even brooms—and it’s all tracked in a computerized maintenance management system. Tracking asset downtime has made life on the shop floor much more predictable.

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Sigma Labs granted contract for America Makes program

January 20, 2015

Sigma Labs Inc., a developer of in-process, nondestructive quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing in Santa Fe, N.M., has been granted its first contract, worth about $500,000, from GE Aviation as a member of the winning team of companies and universities awarded an...

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