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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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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Foerster to supply NDT systems for Benteler's new Louisiana tube production facility

January 23, 2014

Institut Dr. Foerster GmbH & Co. KG, Reutlingen, Germany, has announced that it will supply NDT systems for Benteler’s new seamless, hot-rolled steel tube production facility, currently under construction in Shreveport, La. Foerster also will provide the entire mechanics with tables and drivers,...

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Measurement software updated with new modules

January 15, 2014

Hexagon Metrology has announced the availability of PC-DMIS 2013 MR1, a midterm release of its measurement software for collecting, evaluating, managing, and presenting manufacturing data. The new version uses Microsoft 6.0 common controls, and their appearance in dialog boxes has been...

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FABTECH 2014

November 11-13, 2014
  • Georgia World Congress Center
  • Atlanta, GA
  • FABTECH heads to Atlanta, GA November 11-13, 2014 bringing together an anticipated 27,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibiting companies all under one roof. The show provides a backdrop for visitors to experience live equipment demonstration, find cost savings solutions, and network with industry peers throughout the 500,000+ square feet of show floor throughout the B and C buildings at the George World Congress Center. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the exhibits with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations on the latest industry trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

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    Small-footprint CMM inspects single and production parts

    January 8, 2014

    The new BENCHMARK™ CMM from Coord3 is designed for cost-effectiveness with a small footprint. Its half-gantry alloy design has X and Y axes at the same level to provide rigidity for inspection of small and medium-size parts. The open structure is suitable for the inspection of...

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    Vision-guided technology designed for robotics applications

    December 12, 2013

    ABB Robotics has introduced Integrated Vision, a smart camera system for 2-D vision-guided robotics applications. Powered by Cognex, the system features the patented PatMax® algorithm for advanced part location. According to the manufacturer, the result is robust inspection, defect...

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    Accruing Efficiency through Portable Metrology

    Date: December 10, 2013

    Sponsored by FARO

    Length: 60:00

    Alternative measurement equipment, such as the FARO Edge portable articulated arm and Vantage laser tracker, have proven capable of achieving precise and accurate measurements of large parts with ease. This simplification of part quality inspection leads to reductions in time invested, cost, and scrap wastage.