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To accomplish this, parts are required to be properly engineered from the very beginning. However, as design becomes more critical so too does the need for a “perfect” part to match the expectations of real world operations, simulated or otherwise.
The need for more efficient parts is driving industries to invest in new materials and manufacturing processes. Regardless of these novelties, new manufacturing materials and processes must always be validated to ensure products meet quality assurance standards. To achieve the precise tolerances now required by numerous industries involves significant time investment. Accurate production inspection can validate the manufacturing process by ensuring parts are free of defects and assemblies have proper fit and function.
Critical Production Part Inspection for Industries: Low Volume, High Value
Numerous industries require critical production part inspection, including the performance racing industry, energy, aerospace, defense, as well as the medical sector.
- Performance Racing: Composite engine blocks for performance racing applications are examples of low volume, high value assemblies that benefit from production inspection. Fault-free parts in this industry not only make the difference for success in the race, but also ensure the safety of the driver.
- Oil & Gas/Nuclear: Energy industries often require usage of materials that can withstand high pressures and temperatures and resist corrosion. Parts must perform consistently for decades with little to no maintenance. Ensuring this stability necessitates critical production inspection.
- Aerospace/Space: Parts in these industries must also withstand high temperature and pressure, in addition to also being as lightweight and compact as possible in order to reduce costly fuel requirements. This need spurs on the industry to use newer materials like nonmetallic alloys and composites, along with utilizing new manufacturing processes such as 3D printing.
- Defense: The defense industry also requires production inspection of low volume, high value parts like munitions and military vehicle components. Accurate inspection is critical for these must run applications, when mission success and soldier survival is at stake.
- Implantable Medical Devices: This industry also make use of production part inspection for the validation of implantable devices. For instance, accurate inspection is needed to ensure man-made components are correctly manufactured so that they function properly. Inspection is crucial since these parts must either maintain life or relay critical diagnostic information.
Parts inspected with offline production inspection are usually high value parts or parts for must-run applications. For this kind of inspection, parts are significant enough that either every critical part must be checked before assembly or the entire end assembly must be verified. Numerous industries manufacture low volume, high value parts and assemblies that cannot afford to fail and therefore require stringent quality control through production inspection.
Advantages of Production Part Inspection
Inspection can validate a specific part, an assembly or a part from a supplier. Production part inspection can also involve sample size inspection at either specific or random intervals during the production process. The advantage of production part inspection is that it significantly reduces the uncertainty of putting forth a part that cannot fail in production or cannot be recalled without considerable time and investment. Production inspection is therefore the critical check that gives manufacturers peace of mind in the knowledge that parts produced are quality parts and that manufacturing processes are working as intended.
Advanced imaging inspection is highly advantageous for production part inspection. Inspection can be useful for identification of the following features, among others:
- Part failures due to cracks, abnormal porosity or undersize wall conditions
- Inconsistent composite weave
- Variations from CAD specifications or master parts
- Improper fit and function within an assembly
- Out of tolerance features critical to a sub assembly
- Dimensional inspection of key features without destroying the final part
Jesse Garant Metrology Center for Production Inspection
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is able to accommodate production part inspection with advanced imaging inspection techniques. We offer diverse offline production part inspection options. Our industrial CT scanning, industrial radiography, and 3D scanning capabilities are able to handle a variety of part materials, sizes, and volumes for efficient offline production inspection.
We are able to handle high inspection volumes and supply the quick data manufacturers need to approve the release of a critical lot of parts. As a laboratory fully dedicated to industrial inspection, we provide non-biased, accurate, and timely results that help expedite the validation of parts through the production process.
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