New μCT-50 System for 2D and 3D X-ray Inspection

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 August 2004




(2004), "New μCT-50 System for 2D and 3D X-ray Inspection", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 16 No. 2.



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New μCT-50 System for 2D and 3D X-ray Inspection

New μCT-50 System for 2D and 3D X-ray Inspection

Keywords: X-ray, Inspection

The new μCT-50 X-ray inspection system from FEINFOCUS combines high-power microfocus 2D X-ray technology with state-of-the-art 3D Computed Tomography techniques and high-end volume rendering software. It performs the detailed inspection and analysis of complex mechanical and electro-mechanical devices in the 3rd dimension (Plate 2).

Plate 2 The μCT-50 System for 2D and 3D X-ray inspection

Combining the flexibility, functionality, and ergonomics of a standard microfocus X-ray system with the ability to generate 3D imagery, the μCT- 50 system visualizes the most inner components and precise structural modeling of a device. Cracks, voids, and other crucial anomalies can now be depicted in their actual 3D position, providing valuable insight into the design and manufacturing processes of these devices. This ability makes the new μCT-50 system ideally suited for typical NDT and complex electromechanical component inspection applications in automotive, avionics, castings, and other industries.

The system comes with a 200 kV directional tube featuring two X-ray modes (microfocus and high-power) with an actual X-ray intensity output up to 100W. Proprietary FEINFOCUS TXI (True X-ray intensity) Control constantly controls the output level of X-ray intensity during the image acquisition process, guaranteeing stable and permanent image quality time after time.

The system manipulator is precise yet rugged for heavy samples up to 30 kg. It features five-axes, plus two additional high-precision CT axes. The standard system manipulator is well suited for CT scans of bigger parts and smaller geometric magnification requirements, whereas the additional high-precision unit is ideal for extremely high magnifications and smaller samples. All manipulator movements and inspection processes can be saved and rerun via CNC.

The system is ideal for manufacturers with a very different inspection requirements ranging from larger samples, such as castings, to smaller and more complex samples that need to be imaged at higher magnifications. Designed in the interest of rapid prototyping and reverse engineering requirements, it comes with a multi-processor based computer system for fast image reconstruction, the latest FGUI (FEINFOCUS Graphical User Interface) version 2.2 that includes a versatile image processing system, easy configuration of automated processes for serial inspection, and standard network capability. An ergonomic operation console can be positioned adjacent to the large loading door and viewing window and adjusted to the user's specific requirements.

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