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Ultrasonic Quality Inspection Platform

The F2 Platform is an ultrasonic device designed for NDE and quality control for various applications, including resistance spot welds, and adhesive joints. Using the unique technology of multi-channel ultrasonic matrix arrays, this portable and simple-in-operation device is capable of producing internal ultrasonic C-scan images of defects, structures and anomalies.

Our algorithms evaluate the quality determining features that can be compared to predefined specifications. To further improve the operator’s experience, our software assists in making decisions in automatic or semi-automatic mode, guides through the inspection routines with easy to understand graphics, stores the record of the inspected parts and integrates into a larger infrastructure with centralized inspection planning and reporting.

Features The F2 Platform is configurable as:
RSWA Resistance Spot Weld Analyzer
ABIS Adhesive Bond Inspection System
The built-in electronics supports:
  • Probes with built in identification system
  • Unrestricted matrix element counts
  • Replaceable probe cables
  • Single-frame and continuous live data acquisition modes

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    The infrastructure solutions supplied with the platform include: planning and managing the routine inspections, data synchronization, reporting, and integration with existing customer systems.
    Real-time Integrated Weld Analyzer

    RIWA is an ultrasonic device capable of measuring a spot weld quality immediately after the weld is produced. A high frequency ultrasonic transducer is integrated into the welding electrode. This transducer generates ultrasonic waves that pass through the electrode cap into the welded plates. These waves are reflected back and received by the same transducer.

    The special software performs analysis and reports the size of the measured weld and its location with respect to the plate surface. Alternatively, the software can display a red, yellow, and green dots for quick weld quality estimation. A welding engineer can easily determine the current weld quality as well as stability of the process from collected statistics. At the present stage of development, the lifetime of the transducer is 3,000,000 welds.

    Hardware
  • PC
  • Laptop-size electronics box
  • Ultrasonic transducer connected by a coaxial cable
  • The hardware is connected to the robot controller to get synchronizing signal and weld schedule information. RIWA system can be interfaced with the robot or PLC and stop the line in case the unacceptable weld is detected.

    The device does not need constant supervision and can analyze the weld signatures in the auto mode for many hours. The system can be plugged into the local network to inform the central manager/operator of any problems.

    Features
  • Metals: mild steel, high strength, dual phase, aluminum
  • Metal thickness: in the range of 0.8 – 2.0 mm
  • Coatings: bare, galvanneal, galvanized
  • Data storage: Software stores millions of weld records on the hard drive; Stored welds can be retrieved for reporting and analysis