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Business collaborations strengthen quality and performance

In different industries companies cooperate to provide their customers an additional value. People might wonder which additional value they gain from such a collaboration. Also VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH, a company from Northern Germany raised this question a few years ago. The specialist for customized X-ray inspection solutions develops systems for different industries like the automotive and aerospace sector. The company ‘BMB – Gesellschaft für Materialprüfung mbH’ is the leading service provider for non-destructive testing of casting, forging and plastic parts and mainly works with the testing-systems from VisiConsult. The target of the collaboration in the non-destructive testing sector is a mutual strengthening of the companies to improve quality and customized performance.

The collaboration has provided benefits for both specialists. The companies support each other by improving their company processes permanently. ’To question the current status over and over, develop convincing visions together and nevertheless put quality on first place, that is the essence of the working relationship between VisiConsult and BMB’, describes Hajo Schulenburg, director of VisiConsult, the collaboration.

Hans M. Berg, one of the three directors of BMB, is also convinced by the advantages of the close collaboration. ‘We strongly believe that we can only provide ‘proven reliability’ to our customers together with a great partner. When our customers want to start a test object in high quantity right away within a short time period, we urgently need an X-ray system from VisiConsult, which can be configurated via remote maintenance. If the collaboration would not work, this would lead to an assembly line stop at one of our customers’. Just recently, VisiConsult developed a full automatic X-ray inspection system, the XRHRobotStar, in collaboration with BMB. The prompt development, high quality and simple integration of the system proves the successful collaboration. ‘It is no secret, how strongly we appreciate to work with another family company together. We are looking forward to the upcoming years of collaboration with VisiConsult, which will be certainly as successful as always,’ says director Berg.

Airbus Helicopters: Modernization of the quality assurance through digital radiography

Safety relevant parts in the aerospace industry need to be tested with X-ray technology. VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions GmbH is the leading supplier for customized systems and solutions in digital X-ray testing and has successfully upgraded the old and analog X-ray system for rotor blades of Airbus Helicopters to modern digital radiography.

In times of lighter materials and higher pressures in the aerospace industry, the quality assurance if of increased importance. Only a comprehensive inspection guarantees that the parts can withstand the high requirements. Of course, the leading manufacturer of civil and military helicopters Airbus Helicopters from Donauwörth in Southern Germany performs a complete X-ray inspection of their production parts. In the past, this has been done with an analog imaging technique, a so-called image intensifier. As the X-ray inspection is a mandatory inspection step at the end of the production chain, a high system availability is necessary. A system failure would inevitably lead to a disruption in the process and directly impacts the production output. The old system could not guarantee this availability anymore and an alternative had to be found within a very short timeframe. Another demand was to modernize the process through digitization, which could be achieved through Digital Radiography (DR). The advantages of this technology are easier certification, simplified result-archiving and a clearly improved image quality.

After investigation of several suppliers and solutions, VisiConsult was able to prevail with a new development against the competition: The specially developed HDMI image intensifier combines the advantages of a digital detector array (DDA) with those of an analog technique. Only with this technique the X-ray inspectors could test e.g. the honeycomb structure of special rotor blades in motion without artefacts. The flexibility of VisiConsult to react to special customer wishes and find new ways led to this big project success within shortest time. Beside the aerospace industry, VisiConsult is also represented in a number of further industries, like foundries, pipe mills, automotive manufacturers etc. The innovative systems provide highest inspection quality as well as a high degree of automatization, which helps customers to decrease costs.

New approach for X-ray weld inspection of pipeline segments

As pipelines are safety relevant parts the demanding international quality standards require a hundred percent quality inspection of the welding lines. During the welding process a broad variety of defects like porosities or cracks can occur. An undiscovered failure can lead to severe consequences and liability charges for manufacturers. Therefore, it is necessary to inspect welding lines on pipes and tanks through extensive non-destructive testing (NDT). Over decades these tests have been done by analogue technique by exposing X-ray films (RT). In the last 10 – 15 years it became more and more common to use Digital Radiography (DR). This modern approach helps to achieve the quality control and achieving requirements, while providing cost reduction through a high degree of automation.

VisiConsult X-ray System & Solutions GmbH has developed a completely new setup incorporating new high-tech materials for digital flat panels. Instead of using a massive steel boom a carbon fiber tube is used. The weight of the tube is less than 100 kg, which leads to a very stable and massive lifting device.It also allows innovative cooling systems to operate on the inside. This results in a lighter setup, longer detector lifetime and faster operation principle.

The innovative approach of carbon fiber tubes is only one of many developments made by VisiConsult in the last years. Further X-ray inspections solutions like cabinet systems for the automotive industry, gantry systems for the aerospace industry and mobile systems for the security sector get improved steadily and are distributed all around the globe. As the family company also supplies customized solutions for industrial X-ray inspection, it is the best choice for all manufacturers, which need a sophisticated quality control of their production material.

The whole article „X-ray weld inspection – High-tech meets heavy industry“ from VisiConsult general director Hajo Schulenburg can be read here.

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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.
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