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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Evaluating product integrity with eddy current - TheFabricator.com

Evaluating product integrity with eddy current

October 11, 2010 | By Joe Jessop

Tube and pipe producers and fabricators who are familiar with the conventional encircling coils used in eddy current testing might be interested in learning more about this technology. Eddy current can be used on a variety of product shapes and does more than detect cracks. It can detect relative hardness and hardness changes (good for verifying heat treatment) and the presence or absence of physical features such as splines and threads.

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Force-displacement measurement system introduced - TheFabricator.com

Force-displacement measurement system introduced

September 13, 2010

Kistler Instrument Corp. has announced the introduction of the DMF-P A310 Universal Type 4740A series, a high-precision force-displacement measurement system designed for monitoring electromechanical NC joining modules and their associated joining and pressing-in operations within assembly...

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Inspecting NDE - TheFabricator.com

Inspecting NDE

September 13, 2010 | By Sean Gleeson

When it comes to nondestructive methods for evaluating welds, familiarization with each technique will help you better identify the best means to detect weld defects.

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Laser alignment kit checks, measures straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling - TheFabricator

Laser alignment kit checks, measures straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling

July 19, 2010

Pinpoint Laser Systems® has introduced the new Pinpoint Proline alignment kit, a visual laser system for checking and measuring straightness, flatness, squareness, parallelism, and leveling. The kit combines the features of a transit, an infinitely long straightedge, and laser alignment...

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Exact Metrology opens new Milwaukee office

July 19, 2010

Exact Metrology Inc., Cincinnati, has announced the opening of a new office in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, Wis. The new location has a lab that can perform scanning, measurement, and reverse engineering services. Scanning also is provided on-site at customers’ facilities. The company...

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So you want to be a certified welding inspector? - TheFabricator

So you want to be a certified welding inspector?

July 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Not many people who enter the welding profession think about their long-term career path. A certified welding inspector may be the next logical step for the right welder.

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Upfront welding inspection considerations

July 7, 2010 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding inspection involves much more than simply checking the accuracy of welds after they are made. Inspectors must be knowledgeable about codes, standards, materials, and other fabricating processes.

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FMP Met Lab earns accreditation - TheFabricator

FMP Met Lab earns accreditation

June 28, 2010

FMP Met Lab, a sister company of Ferrous Metal Processing and FerrouSouth in Cleveland, has earned an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certificate of accreditation from the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau. The accreditation ensures that FMP Met Lab has fully documented and appraised systems in place...

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Automated liquid penetrant testing system inspects for surface defects in base metal and welds

June 14, 2010

ARC Specialties has introduced an automated approach to the final inspection process in liquid penetrant testing (LPT). The Automated Liquid Penetrant (ALP) inspection system incorporates a Cognex CCD camera with software written by the manufacturer to inspect parts for surface defects in both the...

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Building a stronger welding program

June 7, 2010 | By Don Knight

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.

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Laser weld seam inspection system introduced

May 24, 2010

Kent Corp. has introduced a new post-weld seam inspection system for GTAW and laser welding mills. The system records mismatch, roundness, concavity, and undercut. Standard equipment is accurate within 0.001 in., and higher-resolution cameras are available. An alarm can be set to notify the...

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Weld seam inspection system determines size, position of all relevant defects in real time

May 17, 2010

A new sensor has been added to the VIROwsi welding seam inspection system from Vitronic. The system objectively inspects the seam and sorts out defective parts. It determines the size and position of all relevant defects such as pores, holes, undercuts, and seam geometry in real time. All results...

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Gauge detects welding wire level in drums, boxes

May 3, 2010

The Wire Wizard® wire level gauge from ELCo Enterprises Inc. detects the amount of wire left in weld wire drums or boxes. The gauge, which attaches to the cover of the drum or box, features magnetic wire detection that slides down the drum or box as wire is depleted. The level of wire...

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Second-generation tube weld inspection system introduced

April 12, 2010

Xiris Automation Inc. has begun shipping its second-generation postweld inspection system. Designed to be installed right after the weld head in tube and pipe mills, the WI2000p inspects and detects a variety of quality issues related to the welding process. Using a high-resolution camera combined...

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Seam monitoring device designed for high-frequency longitudinally welded tube production

April 12, 2010

Blissenbach has introduced a seam monitoring device used in combination with ID scarfing tools for the production of high-frequency longitudinally welded tubes. The product monitors cutting edge chipping, scarfing depth, and misalignment of weld edges caused by imprecise forming. The area of the...

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