To examine things, to get to the bottom of them, to get to their core – this desire has always driven science, research, and development. X-ray technology from ZEISS has provided perfect insights for years in these and other areas. When it comes to quality and process control, it reveals what would otherwise remain hidden from even the most watchful of eyes – without destroying the part.
It is self-evident that X-ray technology makes hidden things visible. However, the fact that this opens up completely new possibilities in quality assurance and results in significant added value for the customer is less well-known. Let us explain this to you!
- One scan – full certainty: Measure, analyze, and inspect hidden defects and inner structures that cannot be detected with coordinate measuring machines.
- Thanks to X-ray, you can cut parts non-destructively and look inside!
- No more complex fixturing. This saves time and money!
- By scanning all internal and external structures with computed tomography systems (CT), parts can be reproduced even if no CAD model is available.
A thorough inspection right after the casting process is important when producing aluminum castings. Companies face high costs if defects are not detected until later in production. This is why investing in an automated inline solution for quality assurance pays off in less than 12 months.
Producing tools and molds is very costly, because it usually requires several iteration loops until tools are optimally adjusted and molds are perfectly formed. This process can be improved and shortened by 30-70% by capturing all structures in a 3D model with CT and the software ZEISS Reverse Engineering (ZRE). In this way, costs of tools can be significantly reduced.
Setup time is lost time – which is why it is so important to reduce the time between scans. The setup table ZEISS FixAssist® CT will help you maximize the use of your CT and make your quality assurance processes more efficient. This accessory can reduce setup times by up to 80%. Even better: Your investment will pay for itself in less than four months!
X-ray technology provides completely new insights into the invisible. You can capture, analyze, measure, and inspect internal structures quickly and non-destructively.
Automotive, aerospace, medical technology, electronics, consumer goods – each industry has its own manufacturing processes, along with different potential defects that are normally hidden from the eye. X-raying parts opens up completely new potential applications – from inspecting internal defects and the dimensional measuring of internal structures to structural material analysis.
- Nominal/actual comparison
Deviations from the CAD model or master part are visualized in a false color comparison.
- Dimensional control
Thanks to computed tomography, the dimensional accuracy of complex internal and external features can be checked in just one scan.
- Wall thickness analysis
A color-coded representation shows the wall thickness of internal structures.
- Tool & process optimization
A comprehensive inspection of the part provides meaningful information on the condition of the tools and the production process.
- Development & Reverse Engineering
You can easily create CAD models from 3D volume data – significantly accelerating product development and reverse engineering processes.
- Defect analysis
You can detect cavities, pores, cracks and other defects quickly and easily.
- Assembly control
Assembled parts are checked for function and fit.
- Joining technology control
In just one scan you can see whether welded, soldered, glued or riveted joints are really flawless.
- Electronic testing
Defects quickly become visible when electronic parts, e.g. circuit boards or batteries, are X-rayed.
- Structural analysis
A 3D structure characterization provides important insights thanks to high-resolution X-ray microscopy.
- In-situ & 4D analysis
With in-situ and 4D analyses, the behavior of materials under external influences and over time can be analyzed.
- Roughness analysis
Surface roughness can be analyzed for both external and internal structures.
- Fiber composite analysis
Analyzing fiber composites visualizes the 3D distribution and orientation of different elements within a composite material.
- Analysis of grain size & distribution
Grain size and distribution are decisive factors in determining the hardness and strength. This is why it is important to analyze them.