Companies looking to reduce their new product inspection costs and failure analysis costs need to look no further than a metrology company that can provide the inspection capabilities they need to ensure high quality parts. CT scanning, digital X-Ray and 3D laser scanning services are the three main types of inspection services you will find an an industrial scanning company.
3D Internal CT Scan
3D Internal CT Scanning services provide internal validation without damaging or completely ruining the part. Since parts come in so many shapes and sizes, it isn’t possible for one single CT system to be able to effectively scan and inspect everything. A company with a variety of systems can handle single part projects up to tens of thousands of parts. CT scanning is improving all the time. It used to take hours to make only a few CT slices but now four slices can be made in 350 ms and a resulting 512 x 512-matrix image from millions of data points in less than a second. The very first CT scanner was developed by British engineer Godfrey Hounsfield in 1972. In his lab called EMI Laboratories, it would take hours for a single slice and then days to reconstruct the image from this raw data.
2D Internal X-Ray
Parts needing to undergo inspection come in all shapes and sizes. For this reason, a company with a variety of digital X-Ray inspection systems in different sizes and energies can ensure that parts as small as .5mm in length up to 660mm in diameter x 1m in length can be properly inspected. And digital radiography is 5 times faster than its predecessor chemical film processing.
3D laser scanning services can be used to provide the following:
- Reverse engineering. After the part has been scanned, a CAD file is created.
- Part to part comparison. Data sets from 2 parts can be compared to determine any deviations in internal and external geometry.
- Part to CAD comparison. The original CAD model drawing can be put side by side with the scan.
Proper parts inspection is a necessary and important step and new industrial scanning processes help customers reduce their new product inspection costs and failure analysis costs between 25 and 75 percent when compared to existing technology. If the metrology company has not made recent upgrades, you are probably not receiving the best data for your money.