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Optimas Re-Opens Quality Lab Posted: WOOD DALE, Ill. — Optimas Solutions, a global industrial manufacturer-distributor and supply chain solutions provider, on Thursday announced the re-opening of its Quality Lab in Columbus, Indiana. This move is an outcome of the company’s "Forward Faster" strategy introduced last year to be closer to and more intimate with customers. "Over the last two years, we’ve gathered key learnings, many of which include quality services, which has helped us develop our Forward Faster strategy. Based on customer ...Read More.
Glass Coated Magnetic Microwires for Testing Composites Posted: Although some types of microwire sensors and their applications in composites have been discussed previously by CW (see "Measuring temperature inside composites and bondlines" and "Contactless monitoring of temperature and pressure inside composites"), the present state-of-the-art, as well as current and future applications of magnetic microwires, are much broader. It is worth noting that researchers in applied magnetism have worked with glass-coated microwires for decades [1-4]. Magnetic microwire ...Read More.
How To Effectively Inspect Friction Stir Welds in Manufactured Components for the Aerospace Industry Posted: Friction stir welding is a solid-state joining process frequently used in the aerospace industry. Depending on manufacturing parameters such as rotation and translation speed, the friction stir welding process sometimes creates discontinuities within the weld; therefore, a non-destructive testing method must be applied to ascertain weld integrity. High productivity, efficiency, and accuracy are at the core of these mandatory assessments during the quality assurance stage of newly manufactured aircraft. ...Read More.
Enabling Predictive Maintenance Through Robotic Inspection Posted: Maintenance can be a complex undertaking, requiring thorough planning and an astute understanding of a facility’s risk profile. This is particularly true of high-risk facilities. Maintenance does not occur in a ‘vacuum’ and can result in costly downtimes if it is unexpected or unplanned. Even planned maintenance can lead to lengthy downtimes resulting in huge losses. For example, oil refineries in the US alone lose an estimated $47 billion from 213,000 hours of downtime each year. What is required is a main ...Read More.
DEWA Breaks Record for Inspection Outage Posted: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced breaking its own world record in major inspection outage duration for the overhaul of gas turbines and desalination units, recorded in 2019. This achievement promotes DEWA’s position as a globally leading sustainable model for overhauling gas turbines and desalination units. DEWA has reduced the maintenance outages for critical inspection operations from 11 days to 9 days, which is a reduction in the maintenance duration of 18 percent, comp ...Read More.
Video - Robot Pipe Crawler Technology for Nondestructive Assay at the Paducah Site Posted: Engineers for the U.S. Department of Energy Paducah site deactivation and remediation contractor Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC, (FRNP) recently tested a robot pipe crawler designed to inspect piping previously used to support uranium enrichment operations. This robot, was customized to work with process gas piping and other equipment at the Paducah site. Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, LLC. (FRNP), comprising three strong DOE contractors—Jacobs, BWXT, and Fluor—was formed to meet the unique ...Read More.
API’s Dynamic 9D LADAR Makes IMTS Debut Posted: Breakthrough LADAR technology sets new standard in non-contact optical dimensional metrology for manufacturing industries In September, API’s Dynamic 9D LADAR, an innovative LAser Detection and Ranging system that captures both dimensional and surface geometry data, will make its IMTS show floor debut. 9D LADAR incorporates a breakthrough technology that is set to revolutionize automated production measurements. The patent-pending Dynamic 9D LADAR offers the world’s first interferometry-based LADAR system ...Read More.
Processing Tech, 3D and SWIR in Running for Vision Award Posted: Five candidates have been shortlisted for this year’s Vision Award, Imaging and Machine Vision Europe is pleased to announce. (Watch our exclusive webinar featuring all five shortlisted technologies) Submissions from Brighter AI Technologies, Edge Impulse,, Saccade Vision and SWIR Vision Systems were selected by the judges from 61 entries. The winner will be announced at the Vision trade fair in Stuttgart at the beginning of October. The entries include: two instances of clever us ...Read More.
Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Approved Posted: US drone regulation has made slow but steady progress in approving safe, advanced drone operations. For those new to this niche topic, approving advanced commercial drone operations could look like fully autonomous power grid inspections – critical to restoring power infrastructure after a storm. Or autonomous delivery of food and medical supplies (or online shopping orders). Over the past decade, large-scale, streamlined Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) approvals have been the "holy grail" of regulator ...Read More.
Quantum Computer Vision Tested for Defect Detection Posted: Scientists have demonstrated what they believe is the first implementation of quantum computer vision for a quality inspection problem on a manufacturing production line. Researchers at Multiverse Computing, which delivers quantum computing solutions, and Ikerlan, a technology transfer centre in Spain, developed a quantum-enhanced kernel method for classification on universal gate-based quantum computers, as well as a quantum classification algorithm on a quantum annealer. The team found that bo ...Read More.
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