The next generation of software
New Computed Tomography (CT) Software for Fully Automated Industrial CT
WUNSTORF, GERMANY- September 30, 2014- due to the tremendous quality and efficiency benefits associated with the use of industrial computed tomography (CT) for non-destructive failure and structure analysis and 3D metrology for measurement of internal part geometries, demand for the technology is quickly growing. To meet this growing demand, GE Measurement & Control just launched its phoenix datos|x 2.3 next-generation CT software, applicable for use with most industrial CT systems offered by GE Measurement & Control’s Inspection Technologies division. The software comes with new highlights like a specific production mode for fully automated CT data acquisition, reconstruction and evaluation and supports high precision 3D measurements following VDI 2630 guidelines.
- Advanced industrial CT for 3D metrology and failure analysis
- New one button CT function for high throughput and minimal operator requirements
- Up to 14 times faster CT volume reconstruction
- GE’s phoenix v|tome|x m with measurement accuracy of 4+L/100 μm referring to VDI 2630 metrology guideline
Automated high throughput production mode
The phoenix datos|x software with the new one-button-CT production mode automates the entire CT process chain from scan to final evaluation report. This new advancement allows 3D metrology and failure analysis to be performed significantly faster and more consistently. With the production-oriented CT workflow, the operator can easily identify a part with a barcode reader, place it on the rotation table, press the CT start button and verify CT evaluation results.
System control functions such as detector calibration or tube conditioning run totally independent from operator influence in the background. The new datos|x software also includes system performance monitoring procedures which follow ASTM 1695 guidelines. Minimizing operator time and influence and improving part throughput and evaluation result repeatability, helps raise productivity in industrial production.
Reliable precision 3D metrology
The datos|x software also introduces a new metrology package option for highly precise and reproducible 3D metrology. It offers reliable, precise 3D measurements for nominal/actual CAD comparison, wall thickness analysis and efficient tool correction tasks. In contrast to conventional tactile coordinate measurement techniques, a CT scan acquires all surface points even of an complex object simultaneously. This includes all hidden features like undercuts, which are not accessible using other non-destructive measurement methods. The measurement accuracy refers to the VDI 2630 guideline for applying CT in dimensional measurement which was first implemented in GE’s phoenix v|tome|x m CT system.
Supported by datos|x 2.3 software, a specific metrology|edition of the versatile CT scanner, phoenix v|tome|x m is now GE’s first industrial CT system to feature precision CT measurements. This edition includes temperature stabilization of the enclosure, a high power 300 kV/500 W microfocus X-ray tube and the 4 megapixels high performance 400x400mm DXR digital detector. Additionally, it comes with a direct measurement system for all linear axes, test phantoms for validation and performance tests, and highly automated procedures for axis, system and voxel calibration. The phoenix v|tome|x m metrology edition can be verified to an accuracy specification of 4+L/100 μm referring to VDI 2630-1.3 guideline. Due in part to faster scanning, reconstruction and evaluation capabilities, examination reports can be automatically generated in less than one hour, ensuring a high sample throughput.
“GE‘s customers now benefit from both advantages of industrial CT, combining 3D metrology and inspection within one CT scan,” highlights Dr. Oliver Brunke, lead CT product manager for the GE Inspection Technologies product line. “By providing more efficient 3D production process control, GE brings CT solutions from the R&D and quality labs directly to the production floor helping to increase quality as well as productivity.”
About GE Measurement & Control
Measurement & Control is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement; non-destructive testing and inspection; flow and process control; turbine, generator, and plant controls; and condition monitoring. Providing healthcare for our customers’ most critical assets, we deliver accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, metals and transportation. Headquartered in Boston, USA, Measurement & Control has more than 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Oil & Gas. For further information, visit www.measurementandcontrols.com.
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