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Yxlon Recognized for Y.Cheetah X-Ray System

August 12, 2009
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GARBSEN, GERMANY-Yxlon International, supplier of industrial X-ray inspection systems and computed tomography (CT) solutions for the nondestructive testing of materials (NDT), has received the “2009 Global Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) X-Ray Inspection Equipment Product Innovation Award” from Frost & Sullivan. The firm was recognized for the technological and product innovations that have been integrated into Y.Cheetah, an X-ray system from Yxlon.

Frost & Sullivan was particularly impressed by the flexibility and outstanding inspection results achieved by these innovations in technology. The team designated Yxlon as a “leading producer of key technologies in the field of nondestructive material testing based on X-rays and computed tomography.”

Along with the 1-click technology, an emphasis was placed primarily on the innovative PowerDrive and Zoom+ technologies. In the PowerDrive mode, the tube and detector axis travel synchronously in opposite directions at a constant magnification. If the distance between the detector and X-ray tube is decreased, image quality is increased dramatically at a constant image acquisition time. As a result, using PowerDrive technology the need to integrate many images in order to obtain very good image quality no longer exists.

The Zoom+ technology maintains a constant distance between the tube and detector while magnification is varied. This eliminates the time-consuming adaptation of beam parameters when magnification is changed. The 1-click strategy means that all important functions can be achieved with one mouse click. Brief introductory training is sufficient to generate X-ray images with Y.Cheetah.

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Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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