Spotlight – check and go

Materials World magazine
7 Apr 2015

Natalie Daniels looks at the latest development in the materials testing and inspection industry. 

Across nearly all industries, ensuring high-quality products often comes down to the testing and inspection process beforehand. Therefore, improving these instruments can be crucial. 

One firm developing its inspection technique is USA-based Banner Engineering, with its vision and barcode sensor – iVu Plus Gen2. The vision sensors are designed with a full resolution option to detect small features within an integrated and remote screen model. It features a complete sensor set including an area with tools for motion, blemish and match-and-sort tools. The system reads and validates 12, 1D and 2D barcodes, which can be controlled using a course mode setting to speed up reading rates. Sensors can store up to 30 inspections at one time. Users are able to control the system using the intuitive 2.7in LCD display touch screen, without an external PC. 

Meanwhile, global firm Ashtead Technology has added the Olympus IPLEX RX to its visual inspection equipment. The stereo videoprobe with inbuilt measurement technology is battery powered and can run for up to two hours. The model comes with an LED illumination system that automatically adjusts when metal or reflective surfaces are inspected. It is designed with a 6.6in monitor and can withstand extreme weather conditions. The insertion tube is covered with a processed tungsten braid, which is high-temperature resistant and crush and abrasion-proof. IPLEX RX combines with PulsarPic image processor to reduce noise and sharpen image quality. 

Testing and inspection is also improving in Japan. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has launched the DSES-1000, a long-travel extensometer tool for soft material testing. It works by moving distances up to 1,000mm to measure elongations by 4,000% for a gauge length of 10mm, although testing gauge lengths can reach around 200mm. It features a lateral quick-clamping mechanism to centre the extensometer edge with the sample. The instrument is compatible with Shimadzu’s AG-X Plus series, AGS-X series and EZ-X series material testing machines. The extensometer complies with various rubber tensile testing standards. 

Cerulean, UK, is improving technologies in the packaging industry with the optical carton crease tester (OCT). The OCT measures and records dimensions, angles, and symmetry of carton crease bead and formed boxes. The system, designed like a computer mouse, assesses the multi-layer construction of printed or non-printed cartonboard, paperboard and waxed cartons. It is designed with a HD handheld camera and connected to a laptop via a USB cable. The OCT includes analysis and reporting software. 

With instruments such as these, industry can thoroughly check products and future applications to high standards.

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