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Are RFID chips damaged by X-rays?

Automated inspection processes require traceability of the individual parts, which have to be identifiable at all times, since component information is only available in digital systems. This can be achieved by barcodes, DMC codes or by RFID chips. VisiConsult has conducted a study to examine whether X-rays can change the stored information or even damage the chips.

RFID chips are small data carries on which information is stored. In the production of various components in the automotive and aerospace sectors, such as casting, they are used to get a step closer to paperless work. All information about a casting that was previously included as a document can now be stored on RFID chips that are connected to part immediately after casting. This is done either by riveting or by sticking it to the hot material itself. To avoid defects in the castings, these are tested by X-ray technology for inclusions, irregularities or defects. Thus, the RFID chips are inevitably exposed to X-rays. In the series of experiments described below, it is determined whether the data carries are damaged by the X-ray. VisiConsult X-ray systems & Solutions GmbH has carried out test series in cooperation with an aluminum foundry from the automotive sector to determine whether RFID chips are damaged by X-rays.

For the test series, VisiConsult received 6 RFID chips provided by a customer. Data was stored on all chips, which were read out and archived in advance. The consecutively numbered RFIDs were placed in an X-ray system together and taken out one after the other at equal intervals with uniform exposure to radiation. The following conditions were valid for the test: 225 kV, 8 mA, focus-object distance approx. 800 mm, after every 15 minutes removal of a data carrier. This means that chip 1 was in the X-ray system for only 15 minutes, while chip 6 being exposed to X-radiation for 90 minutes. Afterwards, all RFID data carriers were read out again by the customer in order to compare the new ones with the archived data. Usual exposure times in the X-ray inspection are only a few seconds.

The result was that all the data was unchanged as well as completely available and also the change, or rewrite the data was possible without problems. For VisiConsult and the customer this is a very important result: RFID chips are not damaged by X-rays. This ensures a continued usage throughout the whole manufacturing chain and allows further process automation towards industry 4.0.

VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH is a leading manufacturer of high-quality digital X-ray inspection systems. The family-owned business is known for highest product quality (ISO 9001 certified) and reliable customer service. The company’s main focus is on high-end custom solutions, such as robotic systems, computed tomography and roof mounted Gantry systems. Many of the highly-automated systems are bringing customers closer to NDT 4.0 and the full automation of quality control. In addition, the company is a leader in the field of public safety X-ray equipment, the mobile systems mobile check suspect luggage and defuse bombs worldwide. VisiConsult is proud to be able to contribute to a safe world with its solutions.

XRHCount at EE Technologies

EE Technologies Driving investments aiming to achieve smart factory level

“EE Technologies has realized enormous benefits from the XRHCount SMD counter. With a cycle time of 8-13 seconds per reel, the throughput has eliminated bottlenecks and will handle years of growth before a second machine is required.

The accuracy of the system has reduced excess inventory, eliminated redundant component purchases due to counting errors, and dramatically reduced SMT downtime. Being user friendly is a significant attribute of particular importance to EE Technologies, Inc. Operators can be trained within minutes. Additionally, the cloud library and easy updates ensure an accurate count of all varieties of components through the spectrum of packaging types.

VisiConsult’s customer service sets this manufacturer apart from their competition. EE Technologies, Inc has found them to be responsive at any hour, working with urgency to eliminate downtime. The XRH is giving EE Technologies, Inc a competitive edge. “

Says Fred Reindollar, Material & Inventory Analyst.

 

The XRHCount of the VisiConsult X-ray System & Solutions GmbH is the fastest and most accurate component counting system based on X-ray technology worldwide.

 

EE Technologies is a premier contract manufacturing partner that provides global electronics manufacturing services (EMS). Headquartered in Reno, NV, EET is focused on delivering complete engineering and manufacturing services to automotive, gaming, consumer, medical, science education, and food processor OEMs. See more information about EE Technologies online at www.eetechinc.com

 

The corporate buildings of EE Technologies, Inc. in Reno, Nevada.

 

 

Targeting improvements in their electronic manufacturing stock room, EE technologies made many investments. One of it the big potential sectors was automation of the reel counting process. EE Technology combines development and engineering solutions with core electronics manufacturing services, optimizing customers’ operations and lowers their cost of manufacturing in the USA and in Mexico.

The XRHCount manufactured and developed by VisiConsult X-ray System & Solutions GmbH is the fastest and most accurate component counting system based on X-ray technology worldwide.

In addition to XRHCount, the wide product portfolio of VisiConsult includes X-ray systems for other applications, such as inspection systems for the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets. VisiConsult also provides mobile systems for the security sector, and retrofitting od old or defective X-ray systems.

VisiConsult becomes a member of the NDTMA Management Association

VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH becomes a member of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association. The goal is, to provide insights about automation and digitization in X-ray inspection in the field of non-destructive testing, especially in North America.

The Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA) has been around for 50 years. It offers members the possibility of open exchange about management, technical and regulatory information. Due to the relevance of these things for successful NDT management, members benefit from this communication. The north German family business VisiConsult is also part of the NDTMA recently and will present itself at the NDTMA Annual Conference 2019, which takes place in February in Las Vegas. A special focus will be on the explaining the “industry 4.0” concept and the potential of digital radiography. As a customized systems manufacturer, VisiConsult can bring in its experiences with high-end systems in the field of robotics, computed tomography and automation. VisiConsult has been represented in Atlanta since 2016 with its own branch.

VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH is a leading manufacturer of high-quality digital X-ray systems and solutions. The family business is known for highest production quality (ISO 9001 certified) and reliable customer service. The main focus of the company are high-quality customer solutions, like automatic row control systems, computed tomography systems and roof mounted systems. Furthermore, the company is a leader in the field of public safety X-ray equipment, the mobile systems mobile check suspect luggage and defuse bombs worldwide. VisiConsult is proud to contribute to a safe world with its solutions.

 

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The specialist for customized X-ray inspection solutions and automation

VisiConsult is a family owned company located in Northern Germany and known as the leading supplier for customized and standard X-ray inspection systems. To ensure a premium quality, all products are developed and produced locally as turnkey solutions. This leads to cutting edge technology and an unmatched flexibility.
Our goal is to solve inspection problems with tailored systems, while guaranteeing a premium post-sales service. More than 25 years of expertise in industrial (NDT) and security applications combined with experienced engineers result in solutions that set new industry standards. Discover the invisible!