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How Manufacturers Benefit from Third Party Parts Inspection

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 04:47 PM

How Manufacturers Benefit from Third Party Parts Inspection

A defect-free parts production line is wishful thinking for most manufacturers.  No matter how carefully the design/manufacture process is approached, "stuff" happens -- parts failures may occur unexpectedly and for any number of reasons.  When there is any doubt about the integrity of parts coming off the production line, the manufacturer must: (1) immediately identify and quarantine the questionable parts; then, (2) quickly identify and remove the bad parts, while reintroducing the good parts back into the production process.

Timing and accuracy are critical. Timing is essential to quickly correct design or machining deficits and to reduce further production delays or safety issues. Accuracy and speed in identifying and ameliorating the flaws help to  prevent cost over-runs and liabilities.

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Topics: NDT, X-Ray Testing

NDT and 3D CAD Model Visualization

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 01:29 PM

NDT and 3D CAD Model Visualization

The process of non-destructive testing (NDT) makes use of 3D CAD Model visualization in conjunction with X-ray detection in order to find and correct defects in objects that cannot be observed directly.  This technology is helpful in maintaining safe oil pipes and gas pipes; in weld inspection for aerospace; in manufacturing and in many other industries that need to examine internal structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Radiography is often accompanied by ultrasonic examination, and the image that is generated by ultrasonic examination is compared to the radiographic image.  This method provides not only location detection of the defect, but also material analysis, and can help determine how the defect will affect the component over time. 

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Topics: 3d CAD, NDT, CAD Visualization

How to Go to the Cloud with NDT Data

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 04:04 PM

How to Go to the Cloud with NDT Data

Perhaps before we talk about “how” to go the Cloud with NDT, we should talk about “why” you should go to the Cloud.  Quite simply, as so many industries have discovered, Cloud computing increases efficiency and helps cut overhead costs.  It also provides these benefits:

  • scalability
  • disaster recovery
  • easy collaboration
  • data control
  • secure access to information from any internet connection. 
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Topics: NDT

Why NDT is Going Digital

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

Why NDT is Going Digital

The answer to the “why” of digital NDT is much the same as for any process that goes from analog to digital.  Digital workflows are easier to manage than analog; digital is more versatile than analog; digital is more cost effective. 

As regards NDT, specifically the development of the DICONDE standard has propelled NDT into the digital age during this decade in much the same way that DICOM moved medical x-ray into digital in the previous decade. 

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Topics: NDT

How 3D CAD Helps with NDT

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @ 04:02 PM

How 3D CAD Helps with NDT

Radiography is used extensively in non-destructive testing (NDT) in order to detect defects in objects like oil pipes and gas pipes; in weld inspection for aerospace; in manufacturing and in many other industries that need to examine internal structures that cannot be seen with the naked eye.  Radiography is often accompanied by ultrasonic examination, and the image that is generated by ultrasonic examination is compared to the radiographic image.  This method provides not only location detection of the defect, but also material analysis, and can help determine how the defect will affect the component over time. 

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Topics: 3d CAD, NDT

Converting to Digital NDT is Similar to Converting from Paper to CAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 03:30 PM

Converting to Digital NDT is Similar to Converting from Paper to CAD

If you’re considering going digital Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), then you’ll be happy to know that Digital NDT can lower costs, improve quality, speed workflow and deliver results faster.

Digital images offer many advantages in terms of image manipulation and workflow.   However, despite the many advantages of digital systems, many organizations that use NDT are reluctant to make the change.  This post will discuss some of the reasons for that reluctance. 

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Topics: 3d CAD, NDT

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