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|NDT.net Issue - 2013-04 - NEWS ||NDT.net Issue: 2013-04|
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
GE Introduces Next Generation of Stationary X-Ray GeneratorsGE Inspection Technologies69, Wunstorf, Germany
Incorporates State-of-the-Art Technology for Better Performance and Reliability
Ahrensburg, Germany – 15 March 2013 – The ISOVOLT Lynx is the first in a new generation of stationary X-ray machines from GE Measurement & Control. It represents a major advance in X-ray generator technology, incorporating the latest electronics and digital concepts to allow greater performance and reliability. It has been designed to align with the optimized performance of other components in the X-ray inspection imaging chain for a wide range of applications including the automotive, aerospace and metals manufacturing sectors, for tasks such as the inspection of welds, composites and castings, as well as in 3D computed tomography and metrology. It will be of particular interest to system integrators working in both the industrial and scientific sectors.
As Martin Sauerschnig, X-ray generator product manager at GE, explains, “We believe that this is one of the most significant innovations in X-Ray generation for the past 10 years. There have been enormous strides in imaging and tube technology over the past decade but generator technology has been pretty static. However, by leveraging many of the concepts employed in our sister healthcare business, we have been able to develop this new generation of X-ray generators. This development has required us to create an application map for each potential generator application and then define the generator specifications needed to meet and optimize the tube, imaging and inspection standard requirements for that application. The result is a flexible and versatile generator platform which offers high reliability and performance across a very broad application spectrum. It is also a very scalable platform, which will allow us to meet future integration and monitoring requirements and the needs for higher energies, even up to 600kV. ”
The exceptional reliability of the new ISOVOLT Lynx platform, which is initially available in 160kV and 320kV versions, derives from its use of state-of-the-art, scalable, high frequency MOS-FET-driven power electronics, which are designed and dimensioned for industrial applications and are entirely air-cooled, for high duty cycle operation and ease of installation. The generator’s modular field-replaceable units minimize downtimes and on-line monitoring and recording of relevant data allows better event interpretation. External diagnostic tools are provided for fast trouble-shooting, Ease of integration into both new and existing systems is a major benefit of the ISOVOLT Lynx, as it features backwards compatibility of interface and electrical configurations and its tube database contains all known standard tubes, whose individual characteristics and operating instructions are menu-selectable. Built-in power factor correction ensures highly efficient power usage from a single mains input and the fast ramp up time resulting from the power electronics allows fast inspection cycles on production lines. The light weight and compact footprint of the new generator greatly facilitate integration into production machines and fail-safe operation and intrinsic safety mechanisms are important design features. It is available as a fully remote-controlled, “slim” version suitable for integration in production machines or it can be supplied with an optional, full color graphic touch screen for applications that require frequent user intervention.
GE Measurement & Control offers a wide portfolio of radiographic products and systems extending throughout the imaging chain from generator and tube to detector and including imaging software and accessories. This portfolio is supported with training and expertise to ensure that the implementation of any digital solutions is carried out efficiently and effectively, to meet the demands and needs of specific customer applications.
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