With continuous advances in optical inspection technology yielding 3D scanners that are today capable of stunning speed and accuracy, a growing number of companies are including this technology in their first article inspection (FAI) procedures.
As far as origin stories go, the technology behind helium leak detection is more glamorous than most. That is, when compared to the bubble test, a method many will remember experimenting with during childhood after a popped bicycle tire.
Nowhere is the need for material integrity more obvious than in medical devices that are implanted into human beings. A failed device inside an aircraft or power plant may, under some circumstances, cause a problem.
Ductile iron is an iron-carbon casting material whose matrix includes carbon in the form of nodular graphite particles. Rounded graphite nodules in the ductile iron matrix offer greater resistance to stress concentration when compared to graphite flakes (as in gray cast iron) and, therefore, inhibit the creation of cracks.
If you have a problem, you want to have Katherine Cox around. The senior quality assurance director of medical device startup Procyrion is known for her calm problem solving manner, collaborative attitude and straightforward approach to quality.
As manufacturers charge ahead in 2017, there is a renewed sense of optimism and excitement as they gear up for growth, investing in equipment, new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, and software to support digital transformation and new collaborative, connected factory floor competencies.