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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Laboratory Testing hires inside salesperson

October 14, 2014

Material testing and calibration lab Laboratory Testing Inc., Hatfield, Pa., has hired Glen Hicks as an inside salesperson. Hicks has a bachelor’s degree in science from Bloomsburg University. He has an extensive background in the metals industry, including sales to the commercial nuclear...

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Optical weld seam inspection system works on highly reflective materials

October 1, 2014

Vitronic offers the fourth-generation VIROwsi optical inspection system for fully automated inspection of weld seams in industrial manufacturing processes. The system can be used to configure weld seams, inspection methods, and inspection limits and track them clearly. The HDR-3D sensor...

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Portable CMM fits in confined spaces

September 18, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has released the Romer Absolute Arm 1.2m portable CMM. It provides high-accuracy 3-D measurement in a 1.2-m volume, the company states. The unit is suitable for use in confined spaces, including inside a machining center for dimensional control of molds, parts, tooling, and...

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Noncontact, nondestructive modular inspection systems monitor processes in real time

September 12, 2014

Noncontact and nondestructive modular inspection systems are available from plasmo LLC USA for quality assurance applications, with a focus on welding fabrication. The processobserver advanced is designed for process monitoring during welding, cutting, and laser drilling. It inspects and...

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X-ray fluorescence device measures PVD coating thickness

September 10, 2014

Fischer Technology Inc. offers the FISCHERSCOPE® X-RAY XDLM®237, an X-ray fluorescence device for NDT of PVD coating on saws, drills, and dies. The unit combines the high-intensity beam of a microfocus tube with a small aperture and large detector window. It features a 50-μm measurement spot...

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Universal robot sensor system provides 3-D part measurements

September 9, 2014

Servo-Robot has developed i-CUBE, a robot sensor system designed to be easily integrated with articulated robots and to provide 3-D, high-speed, high-precision part measurements. The system also allows remote HDR color viewing of the workpiece and tool area; process sound-emission monitoring;...

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CMS launches level-two certification program for portable CMM users

September 3, 2014

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has launched a level-two certification exam for users of portable coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). This is the industry’s first device-specific, hands-on assessment conducted by CMS-authorized proctors, the society reports. Candidates are required...

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Video borescope detects corrosion, blockages, and cracking

September 3, 2014

GE’s Measurement & Control business has introduced the GE Mentor Visual iQ VideoProbe™ video borescope with 3-D phase measurement and analysis and Wi-Fi connectivity. Designed for use in several industries, the borescope is equipped with a touchscreen interface, on-screen keyboard, and...

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Exploring the versatility of laser vision systems

August 28, 2014

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For tube and pipe applications, laser vision systems are commonly used for seam tracking on the mill, but they are useful for many more applications—such as edge bevel measurement; strip width measurement and centering verification; mill process control; and coating control. For pipeline construction, they can verify the integrity of end face bevels and weld bead profile measurements.

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Reshoring to Kentucky in Balluff’s Global Production Plan

August 21, 2014

With the 2014 completion of Balluff's new customer support and training center in Florence, Ky., space is available for expansion in the company’s original location in Florence. The company will focus on local production of linear transducers and encoders. “By 2016 production hours in the...

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Multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A lamps aid in NDT inspection

August 19, 2014

Spectronics Corp. has introduced the Spectroline® TRITAN™ 365 series multi-LED, broad-beam UV-A lamps for NDT inspection. Each lamp features three ultrahigh-flux UV-A LEDs, as well as a white-light LED to illuminate dark work areas. A rubber bumper with a Borofloat® glass lens protects the LEDs...

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Hand-held oxygen monitor helps expedite purging

August 14, 2014

Aquasol’s Pro Ox® 100 digital, hand-held oxygen monitor is designed to expedite the purging process during high-purity welding applications, measuring up to 100 PPM (0.01 percent) oxygen resolution. The self-calibrating monitor is equipped with an internal pump that draws a sample from the...

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Breuckmann marks 25th anniversary

August 13, 2014

Breuckmann, located in Meersburg, Germany, celebrates its 25th year in business in 2014. The company, a provider of 3-D surface measurement systems, was acquired by Aicon 3D Systems GmbH in August 2012. he company’s products include portable CMMs, optical measuring technology for vehicle...

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Oxygen analyzer equipped with maintenance-free optical sensor

August 12, 2014

Orbitalum’s ORBmax digital oxygen analyzer that measures PPM levels in oxygen to provide oxidation-free welds is equipped with a maintenance-free optical sensor. An on-demand operational display feature changes from red to green to indicate when predetermined oxygen intensities have been...

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Camera-based measurement system sends waves of productivity through fabrication shop

July 31, 2014

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When Bob Burns, owner of Aero Bending Co., Palmdale, Calif., moved his company to a new and bigger location, he considered adding to the company’s fleet of benders. However, a number of bending machine operators often lined up to measure bent components, creating a bottleneck. Changing to an optical inspection system cleared this bottleneck.

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