Originally Published MPMN November 2005
X-ray Function Examines Parts and Devices while in Operation
Real-time x-ray services allow a device to be inspected while it is in operation. The technology enables the user to observe possible defects in material, or any motion-related problems. Trace Laboratories (Hunt Valley, MD; www.tracelabs.com) has purchased a Feinfocus Cougar-VXP real-time x-ray system and offers this service as part of its Root Cause Failure Analysis program.
The technology works with materials ranging from low-density plastics to high-density steel. These materials can be seen with a high degree of detail due to the variable-power capacity of the x-ray tube. Also, since the device being tested can be rotated while running, its operation can be observed from almost any angle. Real-time video can be burned onto a DVD for future review by the company or its clients.
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