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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Tube measurement system has increased inspection capability

August 7, 2007

AICON's TubeInspect optical 3-D tube measurement system now has 100 percent inspection capability in high-volume production, according to the company.The system enables inspection of different tubes...

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Leveling monitor enables remote adjustment

July 10, 2007

The Bradbury Co. Inc. has received patent approval for its Flat Trak® strip evaluation system. The system, released in 2005, is the first noncontact strip monitor to qualify for a patent, the...

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Quality inspections

July 10, 2007

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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.

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Bend process monitoring—small changes lead to big results

June 12, 2007

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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.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.

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Photoelectric line sensor operates in edge, center, width detection modes

June 12, 2007

Balluff's BOL 27K advanced measuring line sensor is designed to sense product width, edge detection, hole location, and web-loop tension. The sensor, which includes discrete and analog outputs,...

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System facilitates retrofitting older machines for in-process force measurement

May 8, 2007

PCB Piezotronics (PCB®) has developed a system that allows retrofitting for old machines for in-process force measurement. The system consists of a series M240 ICP® strain sensor and Model...

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Inspection equipment is Q-DAS compliant

May 8, 2007

Taylor Hobson inspection instruments now have the software option that allows easy transfer of measurement data, including process trace information to Q-DAS® compatible statistical process...

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First line of defense

April 10, 2007

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Good welders learn to inspect their own work, but welders are just one part in a long list of variables (and people) involved in ensuring quality welds. Thorough communication of the welding parameters, as well as proper training to carry out the design, can help welders achieve quality work and to reduce the number of rejected welds.

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3-D color laser scanner introduced

April 10, 2007

FARO Technologies Inc. has developed a new system for 3-D laser scanning in color.The FARO Laser Scanner LS is a portable, computerized measurement device that scans, digitally recreates, and records...

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Portable eddy current flaw detectors introduced

March 13, 2007

Olympus NDT has introduced its Nortec 500 Series of portable eddy current flaw detectors.Available in three lightweight configurations, the flaw detectors include a 6.5-in. diagonal full VGA color LCD...

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Error-free tube fabrication

March 13, 2007

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Manufacturing processes are prone to variances, resulting in manufactured products that do not conform to specifications. Dozens of types of electronic sensors and measurement systems are available that fabricators can use to verify that their products are not defective. Understanding what types of sensors are available and how they work are the first two steps in implementing electronic sensing devices for quality control.

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Grainger donation to aid welder training

March 12, 2007

Grainger, a national supplier of facilities maintenance supplies to businesses, has donated $5,000 to the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT), Troy, Ohio. The contribution will be used to...

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Sensor monitors up to 2.5 mm blanks for double sheet

February 13, 2007

Roland Industrial Electronics' P30GS single probe sensor can monitor blanks up to 2.5 mm (0.100 in.) for double sheet.The 30-mm-dia. sensor fits into the 3.5-in.-dia. suction cup of the flexible...

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Test Equipment Distributors names president

February 13, 2007

Test Equipment Distributors (TED), global provider of nondestructive testing equipment and services to the automotive, aerospace and other industries, has named Mike Hamel as president.Before his...

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Starrett profiled on "Made in America" series

January 4, 2007

The L.S. Starrett Co., a supplier of precision measuring tools and equipment, is being featured on John Ratzenberger's "Made in America" series on the Travel Channel. The 10-minute episode presently...

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