Jason Robbins

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CT & Industry 4.0: User Conference at YXLON highlights new opportunities

Posted by Jason Robbins on Nov 11, 2016 10:48:19 AM

During a diversified schedule over two days, the topic “What has CT to do with Industry 4.0?” was considered at the YXLON CT User Conference 2016 in alternating presentations, hands-on sessions and panel discussions from different perspectives. Guest speakers from Airbus D&S France, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Laser Zentrum Nord (Germany) and Renault Formula OneTM Team (UK) delivered interesting insights into their various applications and experience with CT technology to the audience.

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Topics: CT, industrial ct

Does X-ray ADR lead to Higher Efficiency and Reliability in Inspection?

Posted by Jason Robbins on Oct 9, 2015 7:30:45 AM

When computers take over for humans in most futuristic science fiction movies, the outcomes are usually bad for people. However, when it comes to automated defect recognition (ADR) in real world non-destructive testing, it can be a life saver.

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Topics: non destructive testing

Developing NDT Inspection Technique and Operator Certification

Posted by Jason Robbins on Mar 24, 2015 1:30:00 PM

An exerpt from 

Managing a Successful Transition from Film to Digital Radiography: Part Two of Two

So often, the scheduling and time it takes to learn technique development and obtain operator certification is underestimated, but with good planning both can be managed efficiently. Many new users wait until they receive their X-ray machine to start the training process, take time to learn the techniques, and then start the customer approval process. This can take much longer than anticipated, so any opportunity to begin these processes early is a best practice approach. 

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International Aerospace Material Standards for Non-destructive Testing

Posted by Jason Robbins on Mar 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

An exerpt from 

Managing a Successful Transition from Film to Digital Radiography: Part One of Two

Recently, industry acceptance and consolidation of requirements has made it a bit easier to navigate standards in the aerospace industry. Many OEMs are known to have their own inspection standards, including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, GE Aerospace, and Honeywell. Each OEM has different expectations and requirements, all individually important to understand, but let's talk for a moment about the common material standards that affect certain aspects of NDT for aerospace manufacturing. 

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Production X-ray Inspection of Turbine Blades

Posted by Jason Robbins on Nov 4, 2014 12:37:22 PM

Most would agree that manufacturing a modern jet engine is certainly a challenging task. These machines are constantly evolving and are required to be more fuel efficient, lighter weight, more powerful, while becoming quieter and cleaner for the environment. This is an extremely difficult combination to achieve.

A critical part at the heart of these amazing inventions is the High Pressure Turbine blade (HPT). These are specially cast, nickel based superalloy parts designed to operate in an environment hotter than their own melting temperature. These parts are located in the most hostile area of an aircraft engine, and it isn’t any easier for the surrounding blades in the low pressure and compressor areas.

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