Spotlight – making the grade

Materials World magazine
3 Sep 2015

With ensuring quality as integral to successful business as ever, Khai Trung Le looks at the latest innovations

While quality control has never been recognised as the most glamorous element to any determination, it remains one of the essential processes of the work.

Hexagon Metrology, UK, has launched the RS3, an upgraded laser scanner for the ROMER Absolute Arm, pictured below. Increased point cloud density results in a maximum acquisition speed more than nine times faster than the previous model, and remains compatible with RDS proprietary software. Applications include point cloud inspection, product benchmarking and CNC milling applications among others. The RS3 will replace the previous RS2 integrated scanner in the ROMER Absolute Arm package, as an optional upgrade for existing users.

Elsewhere in the UK, the DATAPAQ TP3 data logger series was released to support heat treatment testing. The TP3 series comprises of 20- and 10-channel loggers, supporting the storage of 3.6 million data points. Thermal and ingress protection enables the TP3 to operate in conditions including vacuum brazing, aluminium solution reheat, and water and gas quench.

Co-developed with partner BlueTechnix, Belgium-based Melexis released the EVK75023 evaluation kit, designed to accompany its existing MLX75023 QVGA resolution time-of-flight sensor for automotive engineers. The new board enables ToF sensing functionality in up to 120klux background light – environments where detrimental ambient light influence is present. Other features include a high–bandwidth Ethernet interface, enabling output of real-time 3D images at 60fps.

In Japan, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has announced the development of a new photomultiplier tube (PMT) H13126 module, offering a range of applications including chemiluminescence measurement and semiconductor inspection. The H13126 module is able to simultaneously obtain outputs from two separate systems in a single measurement, enabling it to measure wide-ranging light conditions.

Developed by USA-based Banner Engineering, the Q3X laser contrast sensor allows users to detect parts of low reflectivity differences in real time. Featuring a response time of 250µs and capturing up to 2,000 images per second, the Q3X detects registration marks, leading edges and small contrast change. Housed in nickel-plated zinc rated to IP67, IP68 and IP69K, the Q3X is suitable for use in harsh environments. Select models will have a fixed background suppressor distance, allowing the sensor to ignore problematic backgrounds.

Finally, Dynamic Systems, USA, announced its new Gleeble Welding Simulator, intended to provide a compact, low-cost alternative platform for welding simulations and testing, including hot tensile testing, nil-strength determination and weld HAZ simulation. Features include direct resistance heating and controlled cooling, multiple materials simulation and laser and upset welding.

Quality may never overcome its image problem, but with the latest developments, it has never been easier to ensure your products meet exacting standards.

Next month's Spotlight is on testing and inspection