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Inclusions caught with PAUT

February 17, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

Tube and pipe producers are familiar with ultrasonic testing (UT) which, as the name implies, uses high-frequency sound waves to find discontinuities in tube and pipe. While conventional UT is effective for testing raw materials with simple shapes—round tubing, rectangular billet, and rectangular plate—complex shapes such as castings and assemblies need something more. Phased-array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) gets the job done.

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Software helps user create comparator gauging program

February 12, 2014

Origin Intl. offers Calypso® to Equator™ authoring software. It allows the user to create a Renishaw® Equator comparator gauging program to gauge parts on the shop floor. The software automatically captures all measured data for calibrating the comparator with a master part. In...

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Galvanized steel inspection app helps users identify surface conditions

February 6, 2014

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has released a comprehensive app to aid in the inspection of hot-dip galvanized steel. The app, available for purchase in both the Apple and Google Play stores, is a visual guide to identifying various surface conditions present after hot-dip galvanizing....

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White light measurement system digitizes acquired data on the spot

January 30, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has released WLS qFlash, a compact white light system that uses blue light technology for industrial measurement applications. The noncontact, portable stereo vision system captures 3-D measurements quickly on the shop floor. Hand-held or used on a mobile pedestal, it creates...

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Flowmeter's measuring accuracy is 0.1 percent of rate

January 29, 2014

Siemens Corp. has introduced the ultracompact Sitrans FC410, the lightest-weight Coriolis flowmeter for skid and machine builders. The flowmeter has a measuring accuracy of 0.1 percent of rate. With dimensions of 10.4 by 11 by 3.5 in. and a weight of 10 lbs. in the 0.5-in. sensor, the meter is...

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Foerster to supply NDT systems for Benteler's new Louisiana tube production facility

January 23, 2014

Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG, Reutlingen, Germany, has announced that it will supply NDT systems for Benteler’s new seamless, hot-rolled steel tube production facility, currently under construction in Shreveport, La. Foerster also will provide the entire mechanics with tables and drivers,...

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Measurement software updated with new modules

January 15, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has announced the availability of PC-DMIS 2013 MR1, a midterm release of its measurement software for collecting, evaluating, managing, and presenting manufacturing data. The new version uses Microsoft 6.0 common controls, and their appearance in dialog boxes has been...

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Small-footprint CMM inspects single and production parts

January 8, 2014

The new BENCHMARK™ CMM from Coord3 is designed for cost-effectiveness with a small footprint. Its half-gantry alloy design has X and Y axes at the same level to provide rigidity for inspection of small and medium-size parts. The open structure is suitable for the inspection of...

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Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications - TheFabricator.com

Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications

December 12, 2013

ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart camera system for 2-D vision-guided robotics applications. Powered by Cognex, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location. According to the manufacturer, the result is robust inspection, defect...

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Wireless probe extends capability of tracker system - TheFabricator.com

Wireless probe extends capability of tracker system

December 5, 2013

Hexagon Metrology has introduced the Leica B-Probe, an entry-level, wireless probing device that extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The hand-held probe is designed for the inspection, alignment, and assembly of large-scale fabrications such as railway coaches, construction...

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Videoscopes for remote quality control inspections record video, still images - TheFabricator.com

Videoscopes for remote quality control inspections record video, still images

December 3, 2013

Titan Tool Supply has introduced a new line of videoscopes to conduct remote quality control visual inspections required for aviation maintenance, casting inspection, cavity inspection, diesel or gasoline engine repair, locomotive maintenance, and ship maintenance. The TVSG videoscopes can...

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Electronic sensors augment error-proofing, quality control programs - TheFabricator.com

Electronic sensors augment error-proofing, quality control programs

December 2, 2013 | By Dave Bird

Manufacturing is changing—the old hands are retiring, and many left the industry suddenly in the wake of the 2009 downturn. The workforce is smaller and less experienced than before, yet the demands for quality and consistency have never been higher. Electronic sensing and measuring systems can help with inspection and error-proofing in this demanding situation.

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E-courses highlight testing methods to evaluate welds

November 26, 2013

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has added two new e-courses to its lineup of online courses. The Destructive Testing Methods online course concentrates on methods used to evaluate welds by performing tests and determining the weld defects. It contains seven video segments totaling a run...

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How the welder shortage affects the infrastructure

November 19, 2013 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

The qualified-welder shortage presents significant problems for infrastructure and power industries. New welders need to be recruited, and displaced welders may need to be retrained for today’s jobs.

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Mobile gas analyzer determines gas composition in pressurized lines - TheFabricator.com

Mobile gas analyzer determines gas composition in pressurized lines

November 6, 2013

Witt Gas Controls LP has introduced the OXYBABY® P, a mobile analyzer that determines the oxygen and CO2 gas composition from 1 to 100 percent in a pressurized supply line. It displays the results in increments of 0.1 percent. An ultracompact pressure regulator integrated in the hand-held...

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