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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AWS seeks award nominations

August 8, 2006

The American Welding Society, Miami, is seeking nominations for its fourth annual Image of Welding awards.The awards are issued in seven categories and winners will be announced at the Image of...

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Tool measures distances to theoretical sharp corners

July 11, 2006

SPS Industries has introduced CornerCalipers™, a new, precision, hand-held tool designed to measure distances to theoretical sharp corners, apexes, mold lines, or points of intersection.Sheet...

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Servo-Robot names technical sales engineer

July 11, 2006

Servo-Robot Corp., Milwaukee, has hired David Sytkowski as technical sales engineer.Sytkowski is responsible for supporting customers from the start of a project through the production phase. He...

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Electromagnetic test methods for welded carbon steel tubing

July 11, 2006

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Although eddy-current testing is king in the tube production industry, flux leakage is worth a look. Using a small test sample, equipment-maker InspecTech found that for 3.50-in. to 4.00-in. carbon steel tubing with wall thickness from 0.056 in. to 0.100 in., the flux leakage method found more defects and turned out fewer false alarms than the eddy-current method did.

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On-machine measurement device provides CAD-to-part analysis

June 13, 2006

Faro Technologies Inc. has introduced the PowerGAGE, a new on-machine measurement device that adds CAD-to-part analysis capability to the company's Faro Gage product line.According to the company,...

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A review of common nondestructive tests

June 13, 2006

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Five types of nondestructive testing are common for tube and pipe weld inspection, and each has advantages and disadvantages that may make one more suitable than another for your inspections.

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Pipeline inspection crawler enhanced

May 9, 2006

Envirosight LLC has made three enhancements to its Rovver line of modular, steerable pipeline inspection crawlers.The crawler now features a new zooming pan/tilt camera head with an optional laser...

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Structural stress method predicts fatigue life

May 9, 2006

Battelle's Verity™ mesh-insensitive structural stress method is now included as a module within Safe Technology Ltd.'s fe-safe™ analysis software. The Verity methodology predicts the...

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Indexer performs assembly, inspection at up to 1,600 parts per hour

April 11, 2006

The Toggle-Aire® multistation indexer from AIM Joraco is pneumatically operated and programmable logic-controlled to perform parts assembly operations and provide 100 percent pre- and postassembly...

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Flow/level/temperature switch monitors, controls critical fluid levels

April 11, 2006

The FlexSwitch® FLT flow and level switch from Fluid Components Intl. provides monitoring, controlling, and alarming on flow rates or level of critical fluids such as water, air, gases, coolants,...

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Sensor measures dynamic, quasi-static stress forces on resistance welding machinery

April 11, 2006

The Force/Torque Div. of PCB Piezotronics Inc. offers the JM240 ICP® ground-isolated strain sensor that uses piezoelectric sensing elements to indirectly measure dynamic and quasi-static stress...

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Daylen Solutions adds to sales staff

April 11, 2006

Daylen Solutions LLC, Indiana, Pa., has added Larry Rarig to its sales force for eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland.Rarig assists customers looking to increase productivity, accuracy, and safety by...

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LTI names manager

April 11, 2006

Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI), Hatfield, Pa., has appointed Frank Peszka as quality assurance manager responsible for implementing and maintaining the quality management system, overseeing the...

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What do you monitor to ensure quality?

April 11, 2006

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Most manufacturers measure or test parts to verify that the parts meet quality standards. This conventional approach is time-consuming because testing adds steps and time to the production process. Furthermore, it is only as good as the sample size. A different approach to quality is to use a strain monitor to measure strain on the machine's frame. Comparing the strain with a reference (measured when the machine was known to be producing good parts) is a way to monitor the production process, and it doesn't require extra time or steps.

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Weld inspection before you weld

April 11, 2006

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Although it takes effort and time, procedure qualification testing can help you standardize your welding procedures and know what to expect when it comes to the quality of your manufactured parts.

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