Measuring with Magnetism

Hall Effect gages are particularly important in the blow molding industry for measurement of wall thickness in plastic bottles and similar containers, as well as many other situations involving relatively thin, nonmagnetic products such as aluminum containers, plastic and glass tubing, scientific glassware, and many small machined or molded plastic and composite parts.
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From the Editor: The World of NDT

On a recent Thursday morning, I went to New York for a plant visit. I live in Chicago, so instead of my usual drive, my morning commute was a two-hour flight. It was a short trip: one taxi picked me up at 6:30 a.m. and another one took me home 12 hours later. Though I only spent a few hours with the company, I considered the trip a success because I learned a lot and-no small miracle when flying out of O’Hare airport-both flights were on time.
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Stereomicroscope Solutions

New 3-D analysis capability in stereomicroscopy is available. Conventional stereomicroscopes now transform into true 3-D measurement devices with full analytical capability to generate profile, roughness, area and volumetric measurements.
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Inspect with Eddy Current

Within the myriad of inspection systems and technologies available in the industry that are relatively inexpensive and can be fully automated, one inspection technology stands out-eddy current inspection. It is available to the machining industry in two forms: noncontact and contact.
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Measure Better with Borescopes

Viewing and quantifying defect damage during a visual inspection has become a critical function of quality control engineers and all borescope operators. This need to quantify inspection data has driven borescope manufacturers to achieve higher levels of system performance.
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Industry News: QCS Offers Contract Sorting and Inspection

HOLLY, MI-Quantech Contract Sorting Inc. (QCS) offers part inspection and sorting services to the machining and assembly industries. QCS forms the contract inspection arm of NDT Technologies.
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Industry News: TED Appoints Vice President

TROY, MI-Test Equipment Distributors (TED), a provider of nondestructive testing equipment and services, serving the automotive, aerospace and other industries, names Rick Ballinger vice president.
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Industry News: Illinois Tool Works Purchases Quasar International

ALBUQUERQUE, NM-Illinois Tool Works Inc., a designer and producer of engineered components, equipment, consumable systems and specialty products, announces the purchase of Albuquerque, NM-based Quasar International Inc., the inventor of process compensated resonant testing (PCRT), an NDT method.
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Industry News: Conam Receives Safety Recognition

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ-Mistras Group Inc., a provider of nondestructive testing products and services, announces that Conam Inspection & Engineering Services Inc. received Nadcap (National Aerospace & Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation at its Heath, OH, facility. Also, Conam’s Signal Hill, CA, facility received recognition for outstanding leading and lagging safety indicator performance at ExxonMobil’s Torrance, CA, refinery in 2006.
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Back to Basics: Alloy Analysis with X-ray Spectrometry

Alloy identification and analysis is an essential aspect of numerous industrial applications, ranging from scrap metal recycling to the manufacture of special steels for aircraft engines. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry is one method that can be used for alloy analysis. The advantages of XRF have established the technique as an industry standard.
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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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