Quality Magazine

GKS Adds Computed Tomography to Its Services

June 3, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN-GKS Inspection Services, provider of dimensional inspection, 3- laser scanning and terrestrial scanning services, now provides computed tomography (CT) scanning services.

CT scanning enables 3-D scanning of parts with very complex internal geometry. Visual access is not required for CT scanning so the process is very thorough and nondestructive.

"Adding nondestructive CT scanning to our menu of services will simplify and expand our abilities to capture all surfaces-both external and internal-of complex and free-form parts without damage to the object,” says Larry Carlberg, GKS service bureau manager. “GKS's expert metrologists will provide the same excellent quality data processing, modeling work, speed and accuracy with CT scan data as they do with other 3D scanning technologies."

CT scanning is a measurement method that is applicable in many industries for inspection of extremely complex parts and assemblies too difficult to measure with conventional touch probe or line-of-sight vision-based scanning technologies. Its speed and precision make CT scanning a viable option for nondestructive testing of production line and critical components. GKS offers customers the option of sending parts in for scanning services, or of purchasing their own CT scanning system.

Customizable two- and three-dimensional inspections of small- to medium-sized objects generate 3D XYZ scan data in standard file format outputs for inspection, reverse engineering, and defect analysis applications. Parts with small, complex, and fine geometry from the medical and electronics industries benefit especially from this technology, since those types of parts are very difficult to measure using conventional, mechanical measuring equipment or even the most advanced, laser-based scanning technologies.

For more information, visit www.gks.com.