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.
June 7, 2010
Bellingham Technical College launched its Welding Rodeo in 2002 to spur enrollment and raise its public profile. Now one of the premier welding competitions in the Pacific Northwest, the event has helped the school triple its enrollment in welding and expand its program/skill offerings.
July 17, 2009
Eddy current testing does more than detect product defects. When used with a proper monitoring system on a mill staffed by highly trained operators, it can help to optimize the mill's efficiency. The first part of this two-part article covers eddy current system principles.
June 10, 2009
Eddy current testing does more than detect product defects. When used with a proper monitoring system on a mill staffed by highly trained operators, it can help to optimize the mill's efficiency. The first part of this two-part article covers eddy current system principles
May 19, 2009
Woolf Aircraft Products Inc. developed an inspection tool that can beused to measure a leg length, as well as the actual throat of a weld.Using these two known measurements, quality assurance personnelthen can determine the actual size and the convexity and concavity ofa specific fillet weld.
May 18, 2009
Infrastructure is defined as the basic physical systems that serve a community's population, such as roads, bridges, utilities, water, and sewage. These systems are essential for enabling productivity in the economy, so it is crucial to ensure they are fit for use. Nondestructive testing (NDT)...
April 28, 2009
Automated vision inspection and optimization technology can help streamline manufacturing operations and improve part quality. This technology detects defects in welding seams that often are missed by manual inspection and provides documentation that can be used in researching and resolving product issues.
March 11, 2008
If you are a copper tube producer, you know you need to use nondestructive testing methods, but you might not be aware of all the possibilities in how they are used. First off, should you check the material before or after it is processed? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each testing point? Should you test it at both places? And second, can testing do more than help you prevent shipping poor-quality product?
December 11, 2007
Determining whether a tube seam has a partial bond can be difficult with standard ultrasonic or eddy current techniques. However, multifrequency, probe-based eddy current equipment can detect poor-diffusion bonds in nonferrous materials. Using a penetrating field to reflect a signal off the planar structure of the weld works on ferrous materials.
October 9, 2007
Statistical process control (SPC) often is used to reduce the number of manufacturing defects. However, it has other uses also. It can serve to increase productivity and therefore improve a company's profitability. Statistical tools and Pareto diagrams can help you to track manufacturing problems and put you on the trail to finding their causes.
July 10, 2007
To ensure quality welds, it is important to have a quality weld inspection program in place. In order to do so, a company must understand how to evaluate weld characteristics, determine weld quality, and have a welding inspector capable of performing a number of different testing methods.
June 12, 2007
Conventional quality control in tube bending operations usually means detecting the number of links on a tube bending mandrel. When such a system detects that a mandrel link is missing, it shuts down the system so personnel can discard the last bent tube and replace the mandrel. Unfortunately, the broken mandrel link usually is a symptom of a larger problem—one that may have produced poor-quality parts long before the mandrel broke. br> br>Another method, process variation monitoring, measures the tension on the mandrel and alerts the equipment operator when the tension changes. This lets the manufacturing personnel know that a problem is developing while it is still small and manageable.