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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Measurement systems integrate into automotive production lines

March 20, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has introduced 360° Smart Inline Measurement Solutions (360° SIMS), a new line of measurement systems that can be integrated into automotive production lines for use during launch, ramp-up, and ongoing production. They enable full surface inspection and critical features...

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Inline surface inspection systems configured for master coils, slit strips, blanks

March 19, 2014

Boulder Imaging offers the SCX series inline surface inspection system for coated steel and the SX series system for polished stainless steel. Processing is configured for one- and two-sided inspection of master coils, slit strips, and cut-to-length blanks. Both systems also support aluminum...

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Pipe marking unit includes digital inclinometer gauge

March 18, 2014

Sumner Mfg. offers the Sumner Center Punch for measuring angles and marking pipe. It includes a digital inclinometer gauge which displays angles to the nearest hundredth. The gauge is set on an angled magnetic base, from which it can be removed, that contains a push-button, spring-loaded striking...

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Miniature infrared touch probe made for micromachining applications

March 13, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has announced the availability of the m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe. Suitable for inspection in tight spaces, it was designed to address the needs of miniature machining centers. According to the manufacturer, the probe is the smallest available self-contained wireless CNC...

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Jenoptik launches The Better Parts Challenge road show

March 12, 2014

Jenoptik Industrial Metrology, a manufacturer and system provider of tactile and nontactile production metrology, has launched The Better Parts Challenge. The company will be inviting U.S.-based manufacturers to bring their part-quality challenges to its road shows across the U.S., where the...

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Infrared scanner measures lightweight materials without spraying

March 5, 2014

AiMESS Services GmbH offers the patented 3-D R3Dscan infrared scanner for automated use in a production line. The fringe projection system detects lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, glass fiber, and fiber-reinforced plastics, without having to treat the surface of the object to be...

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Absolute measuring interferometer drives up to 100 channels

March 5, 2014

In cooperation with University of Oxford, Etalon AG has developed Absolute Multiline Technology for use in the precision measurement of lengths up to 65.62 ft. It combines the features of an interferometer with those of absolute measuring systems. The laser beam can be interrupted at any time...

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Shop floor CMM offers manual, automatic measuring functionality

February 25, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has introduced the Tesa MH3D-Dual CMM. It offers a combination of manual and automatic measurement functionality. The unit’s flexible Tesa-Reflex Dual data management software has seven measuring options: points, lines, circles, planes, cones, spheres, and cylinders. Its...

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Noncontact industrial beam monitoring system has no power restrictions

February 19, 2014

Ophir Photonics has introduced the newest version of BeamWatch™, a noncontact focus spot size and position monitor for very high-power YAG and fiber lasers used in material processing applications such as automotive and aerospace manufacturing. Because there is no contact with the laser...

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Machine tool scanning system measures 1,000 true 3-D data points/sec.

February 18, 2014

Renishaw’s new SPRINT™ system incorporates a new generation of on-machine analog scanning technology to allow fast, accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3-D components. With scanning speeds up to 49 FPM and the ability to measure 1,000 true 3-D data...

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Inclusions caught with PAUT

February 17, 2014

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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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