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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ERW tube inspection system uses advanced phased-array technology

May 2, 2011

Olympus offers an inline ERW tube inspection system. This ultrasonic, industrial NDT system uses advanced phased-array technology to inspect weld seams and the HAZ of ERW tubes. According to the manufacturer, phased array offers broad sector coverage of the HAZ while maintaining constant amplitude...

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Ophir gets new name, expands facilities

April 25, 2011

Ophir Photonics, formerly known as Ophir Laser Measurement Group, has announced the expansion of its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facility in Logan, Utah. The plant, now 30 percent larger, features beam profiling design, manufacturing, testing, service, and a power and energy service and...

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Gas mixer with integrated moisture measurement introduced

April 12, 2011

Witt has introduced new gas mixers with integrated moisture measurement. They continuously monitor the moisture content of the gas mixture as it is fed into the process. When a certain configurable limit of moisture is exceeded, an alarm can be triggered. The mixers feature a ceramic metal oxide...

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Oxford Instruments, Verichek Technical Services form business alliance

April 12, 2011

Oxford Instruments Industrial Analysis, a supplier of XRF-based materials analysis instruments in Buckinghamshire, U.K., has announced an agreement with Verichek Technical Services (VTS), Pennsylvania, to sell the X-MET hand-held XRF analyzer into the scrap metal and PMI markets. Verichek currently...

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Inspection software, point cloud viewer allows data import from various measuring systems

April 4, 2011

Capture 3D has introduced GOM's new software release, GOM Inspect. The free software, available for download at www.gom.com/3d-software/gom-inspect.html, allows users to import scan data from various types of measuring systems with several point cloud and inspection functionalities. Mesh...

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Rafter announces partnership with HKS-Prozesstechnik

March 21, 2011

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, has reached an agreement with HKS-Prozesstechnik GmbH to become the exclusive North American system integrator for its ThermoProfilScanner (TPS) nondestructive weld seam inspection system. The system uses a lens-free thermal imaging sensor to capture the...

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Tube measuring software introduced

March 7, 2011

Advanced Tubular Technologies and Faro Technologies have collaborated to introduce VTube tube measuring software. When used with a Faro Laser ScanArm®, the software can reverse-engineer a new part with five bends in less than two minutes, according to the manufacturer. This includes software...

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FARO celebrates 30 years with custom chopper - TheFabricator.com

FARO celebrates 30 years with custom chopper

January 31, 2011

FARO Technologies Inc., Lake Mary, Fla., a provider of portable measurement and imaging systems, celebrates 30 years in business in 2011. To mark the occasion, the company invited customer Paul Jr. Designs to build a custom chopper. The motorcycle build was featured on Discovery Channel's...

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Overhead lighting for NDT inspection introduced - TheFabricator.com

Overhead lighting for NDT inspection introduced

January 17, 2011

Spectronics Corp. has introduced the new Spectroline® ONT-365 On-Trak™ NDT inspection system. This overhead track-style, modular lighting system uses UV-A and white-light LEDs attached to a mountable platform. It is suitable for use in NDT inspection booths and for preinspections and...

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How metal production affects the welding process

January 11, 2011

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Welders may recognize that when porosity is present, the cause isn’t always the shielding gas, welding filler, or operator error. It can be caused by the steel production method, which can introduce porosity and other flaws.

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Materials testing consumable kits contain grinding, polishing materials to prepare 100 specimens - TheFabricator.com

Materials testing consumable kits contain grinding, polishing materials to prepare 100 specimens

December 6, 2010

Buehler has created Sum-Met™ Bundles to help simplify ordering consumables for materials testing and analysis labs. The kits contain all the grinding and polishing consumables required to prepare 100 specimens. Kits are available for several testing applications: ferrous and nickel-based...

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3i finalizes acquisition of Stork Materials Technology

December 6, 2010

London-based 3i, an international investor in private equity, infrastructure and debt management, and funds managed by 3i, has signed an agreement to acquire Stork Materials Technology, an international materials testing services business. SMT, with headquarters in the Netherlands, employs more...

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ITW acquires North Star Imaging

November 29, 2010

North Star Imaging Inc., Rogers, Minn., has announced that it has been acquired by Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), joining ITW's Test and Measurement Group. NSI's day-to-day contact points and relationships with business partners will remain unaffected by the change of ownership....

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CMM arms incorporate absolute encoders

October 18, 2010

Hexagon Metrology Inc. has introduced the new line of Romer Absolute Arms. This series of CMM touch and laser scanning measuring arms incorporates absolute encoders, eliminating the homing procedure at start-up. Interchangeable feature packs allow arm capabilities to be changed or upgraded...

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Evaluating product integrity with eddy current - TheFabricator.com

Evaluating product integrity with eddy current

October 11, 2010

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Tube and pipe producers and fabricators who are familiar with the conventional encircling coils used in eddy current testing might be interested in learning more about this technology. Eddy current can be used on a variety of product shapes and does more than detect cracks. It can detect relative hardness and hardness changes (good for verifying heat treatment) and the presence or absence of physical features such as splines and threads.

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