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GE Introduces New In-Line CT Concept and nanoCT System at GIFA

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH303, Hürth [Germany]
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Issue: 2011-08
Wunstorf, Germany, 8 July, 2011. — The Inspection Technologies business of GE Measurement & Control Solutions introduced its new in-line CT concept for industrial applications and its high resolution nanoCT laboratory system on its stand at GIFA, which took place in Dusseldorf from 28 June to 2July. Both CT systems demonstrate the depth of the company’s expertise and the width of its portfolio, ranging from fast, automatic, 3D in-line inspection to high resolution, 3D materials analysis.

The prototype in-line scanner is being developed for fast in-line computed tomography of components such as light alloy castings and composite structures. It features a modified GE medical scanner and work pieces are conveyed through the tomography system simply and continuously on a conveyor belt, with no need for robotic handling. With Helix multi-line technology, the work pieces are scanned at speeds of up to several centimeters per second, and are automatically assessed with the aid of GE’s own speed-optimized evaluation algorithms. These include for example automatic porosity analyses, or the classification of incorporated extraneous material. Because the 3D position, shape and size of the defects can be analyzed with reference to subsequent processing steps, fast inline CT can lead to a reduction in the reject rate. The prototype conceptual scanner was demonstrated every two hours during the exhibition.

The phoenix nanotom® is a laboratory nano-CT® system for high-resolution metallography. This has been specially developed to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for high-precision X-ray computed tomography (CT) for non-destructive 3D metrology and analysis. With its 180 kV high-power nanofocus X-ray tube, fully automatic CT scan execution, volume reconstruction and volume evaluation, it offers ease of operation as well as fast and reproducible results in a broad range of applications in materials science.

1) Inline CT by means of a modified medical scanner enables components to be conveyed continuously through the tomography system, to be scanned at high speed and assessed in 3D. In the photograph, the safety housing has been removed for clarity.

2) Thephoenix nanotom laboratory nanoCt system

About Measurement & Control Solutions
Measurement & Control Solutions is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, control and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has over 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Energy Services, which provides cleaner, smarter, more efficient solutions for its customers. For further information, visit www.ge-mcs.com

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