Ultrasonic System Sonobond’s ultrasonic technology provides an ultrasonic system capable of welding the tin-coated wires and terminals essential to electrical applications for high-temperature, high-humidity and other environmentally challenging conditions. With Sonobond’s Wedge-Reed System, the vibratory amplitude is about onethird and the vibratory force is about three times that of a lateral drive system operating at the same power level, resulting in an impedance value about nine times that of the lateral drive system. Since the density of the material being welded determines the load impedance, the Wedge-Reed System provides a much better impedance match to a metal weldment than a lateral drive system Because most metals are six to nine times more dense than plastics. Sonobond offers a variety of ultrasonic welders that handle a range of wire bundle sizes starting at one sq. mm. Its SpliceRiteTM units provide one-pulse wire splicing of up to 100 mm2 in stranded bare copper wire and tinned wire to 60mm2. Its SonoWeld® and Dual Head Spot Welders can be custom-tooled to suit special confi gurations such as wire to terminal applications. Sonobond’s equipment also welds tinned wire to other bare and coated wires or terminals, completing most assemblies in less than one second with minimal operator training. Sonobond (800) 323-1269, JDevine@SonobondUltrasonics.com www.SonobondUltrasonics.com Ultrasound Phased Array Wheel Probe Olympus announced the introduction of the RollerFORM, a new ultrasound phased array wheel probe that has been specifically developed to facilitate high-quality, immersion-like ultrasonic testing of composites and other smooth-surfaced materials that are commonly used in the aerospace industry. An affordable and easy-toimplement replacement for full 2-D encoding systems, the RollerFORM also offers a viable alternative to immersion techniques. The RollerFORM’s wheel tire is made from a unique material that closely matches the acoustic impedance of water. This design feature permits the efficient transmission of energy to the part without unwanted echoes, obtaining an optimum 1 mm near-surface resolution in composites when using the 5 Mhz phased array probe model. The 3. 5 Mhz probe model is better suited for thicker and more attenuating materials. Since the tire material is transparent, the inspector can easily identify the presence of air bubbles or contaminants within the water chamber. Minimal pressure is required to achieve excellent coupling, ensuring a strong signal even in difficult scanning positions. The RollerFORM in combination with a phased array instrument such as the OmniScan and FOCUS LT flaw detector uses zero-degree ultrasonic beams for the nondestructive testing (NDT) of parts and materials in manufacturing and maintenance Environments. Common applications include delamination sizing and quantifying porosity of composite materials, as well as wall-loss monitoring in aluminum panels. With its integrated indexing button, the ergonomically designed RollerFORM enables the inspector to map the surface of a material by acquiring multiple one-line C-scans and combining them in real time into a single image. The built-in laser guide facilitates straight and precise online scans. With its lightweight, compact design and durable construction, the RollerFORM wheel probe provides a valued tool in manufacturing and maintenance environments. It is ideal for scanning large areas of composite materials resulting in faster inspection times and increased productivity. Olympus Scientifi c Solutions Americas (781) 419-3562 www.olympus-ims.com Transmission Tubes X-RAY WorX has developed an innovative internal cooling for microfocus transmission tubes of the new product line TCNF. The new technology reduces the movement of the focal spot by more than 90% compared to the previously used external cooling. Microfocus transmission tubes of the product line TCNF are mainly used for highest-resolution computed tomography (CT) with resolutions less than one micron (µm). Typical fields of application are e.g. research and development as well as semiconductor industry. To achieve detailed and sharp high resolution cross-sections, it is very important to maintain a stable focal spot position during the entire scanning time. The external cooling, which was Previously developed by X-RAY WorX, already provided improved results compared to X-ray tubes without cooling. Now, the new internal cooling reduces movement of the focal spot by an additional amount of 90%. Technically, the internal cooling is implemented by cooling channels inside the coils of the electron optics. An active cooler ensures a constant temperature of the cooling agent. When working with resolutions of less than 1 micron (µm), the movement of the focal spot is virtually no longer measurable. Tests in the laboratory showed focal spot movements of less than one micron over a period of four hours. The setup used for the testing was optimized for vibration-free operation. The tube was operated at 100kV, 2.6 Watt target power and approximately 0.8 µm resolution. In addition TCNF X-ray tubes Are equipped with the new High Resolution Diamond Target, which ensures continuous stability of the target surface during long-term Ctscans. With both, the internal cooling and the High Resolution Diamond Target, the product line TCNF is the perfect solution for highest-resolution computed tomography applications requiring an extremely stable focal spot position and long-term stability during the scan. X-RAY WorX offers TCNF X-ray tubes with acceleration voltages of 100kV or 160kV. X-RAY WorX GmbH +49-(0)5131/ 48712 67 www.x-ray-worx.com 750 kV X-ray Source This high power X-ray source enables non-destructive inspection or measurement of large or dense objects such as engine castings, turbine blades, large composite parts with unprecedented resolution. It is the only 750 kV microfocus source on the market providing superior resolution and accuracy compared to traditional minifocus sources. Nikon Metrology X-ray sources are at the heart of their X-ray and CT technology and have been designed and manufactured in-house. The 25 years of expertise allows Nikon Metrology to develop innovative solutions to the market and application demand. A key element of the source is a unique high speed rotating transmission target that allows the source to be operated at maximum power with a fine spot size. Nikon Metrology (810) 494-5616 www.nikonmetrology.com
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