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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Engineering Quality Solutions Web site adds FLCo calculator

March 8, 2005

Engineering Quality Solutions Inc.'s Web site now includes an online FLCo calculator.FLCo values are needed to generate Forming Limit Diagrams (FLDs), which are used in circle grid strain analysis,...

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Fixtures bend test wrought and cast steel, other ferrous materials

February 8, 2005

Instron® offers a variety of fixtures for bend testing wrought and cast steel and other ferrous materials. These fixtures include cold bend and guided weld bend models.Two different lines of cold...

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Laboratory Testing adds stress rupture, creep testing services

February 8, 2005

Laboratory Testing Inc. has added stress rupture and creep testing to the services it performs.The company recently purchased four fully automated stress rupture/creep machines that test at...

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Faro appoints president/COO

December 7, 2004

Faro Technologies Inc. has announced the appointment of Jay Freeland as president and COO.Freeland is a 12-year veteran of General Electric Co. He began his career with GE in its financial management...

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Endoscope inspects internal profile of tube, pipe welds

November 9, 2004

Orbimatic offers an endoscope for inspecting the internal profile of tube and pipe welds.The endoscope comes with a 1-m flexible shaft fitted with an 8-m-dia. probe. A 90-degree probe adaptor also is...

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Finger camera enables inspections in total darkness

August 10, 2004

The US-1478 VisionProbe® from UniWest enables technicians to perform visual and NDT inspections even in total darkness. Four high-intensity LED lights illuminate objects. A variable-focus lens...

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Fiber-optic, flexible borescopes deliver large images, up to 25,000-pixel resolution

July 13, 2004

Gradient Lens Corp. (GLC) has introduced a new line of Hawkeye® Blue flexible borescopes. The borescopes now are available in 2.5-, 4.0-, and 6.0-mm diameters. The new designs include high-clarity...

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Photogrammetric camera captures measurements in unstable industrial environments

June 8, 2004

The INCA3 photogrammetric camera from Geodetic Systems Inc. merges a ultrahigh-resolution CCD sensor with a compact, PC-based computer to capture field measurements in unstable industrial...

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Confined-space combustible gas detector offered

June 8, 2004

Biosystems LLC, a Bacou-Dalloz Company, offers the Cannonball3 confined-space gas detector. The system monitors combustible gases under low oxygen conditions where a dilution source of fresh air is...

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Weld scan probes use eddy current to detect cracks

May 4, 2004

Zetec Inc. has introduced +Point® weld scan probes for weld crack detection. The probes use eddy current testing (ECT) to detect both transverse and longitudinal cracks within a weld or structural...

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Inspection, measurement software features 250 enhancements

April 8, 2004

FARO Technologies Inc. has released CAM2 Measure® 4.0, which features 250 enhancements over previous versions, including a new user interface that shares a common look and feel with the company's...

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JD Power problem ratings

The problem with quality

July 10, 2003

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In May, automotive quality gurus J.D. Power & Associates released the results of its 2003 Initial Quality Study (IQS). As is the case every year, the winners will trumpet their scores while the losers will promise improvement. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals some interesting observations.

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Do you use checking jigs and fixtures?

July 10, 2003

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How do you check tube fabrications to ensure they meet quality standards? Do you ship parts without checking them and hope that the next time the phone rings it isn't a prelude to a tirade from a disgruntled customer? Or do you check finished parts only to realize that your scrap rate is too high and wish you had checked them at earlier stages of the manufacturing process?

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Understanding weld discontinuities

June 12, 2003

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A welder's primary concern in any kind of work is ensuring his weld is sound. For this reason, it's important for an inspector examining the weld to be able to spot a variety of weld discontinuities, including:Porosity.Incomplete fusion.Incomplete joint penetration.Unacceptable weld...

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In-service weld defects, Repair, replace, or do nothing?

December 12, 2002

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Editor's Notes: In-service weld defects found in Australian refineries by an inspection team required assessment to determine the best course of action - repair, replace, or do nothing. This is the author's first-person account of the team's findings and solutions.The post-World War II period to...

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