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Ohm & Haener signs big order on the Euroguss show

Ohm & Haener signs big order for new VisiConsult X-ray system on the Euroguss show

The Euroguss in Nuremberg is the leading casting exhibition in Europe. The innovative X-ray company VisiConsult from northern Germany was able to log a large order from Ohm & Haener Metallwerk for a high-end inspection system directly on the exhibition.

The privately-owned company Ohm & Haener Metallwerk (O+H) from Olpe in Germany is an innovative casting specialist for non-ferrous metals and a specialist for mechanical post-processing. The company has already invested in several VisiConsult systems and is very satisfied with the performance and service provided by the manufacturer. As O+H got a new project for very big and complex parts that required X-ray inspection, the managing directors met with the VisiConsult team on the Euroguss casting show and negotiated a fair price for the roof-mounted XRHGantry system and sealed it on the spot with a handshake deal.

Dr.‑Ing. Ludger Ohm, Ulrich Brand and Dipl.‑Ing. Paul Ohm closing the deal.

Dr.Ing. Ludger Ohm, Ulrich Brand and Dipl.Ing. Paul Ohm closing the deal.

Big, bigger, XRHGantry!

O+H is already a power-user of VisiConsult’s X-ray cabinet and CT solutions. When the largest cabin came on the market, the XRH222TL, they were the pilot customer to invest in the new technology that allowed easy top loading through the roof. Ulrich Brand, NDT Sales Manager at VisiConsult, has been the responsible person and supported O+H right from the start, says: “Our customers come to us, because we are more to them than just a supplier. At VisiConsult we see our customers as long term partners and we do everything we can to help them succeed.”

This time the company was interested in a solution that could handle very large aluminium castings with a weight of up to 750 kilos and a size of 3100 mm in length, 1400 mm in height and 600 mm in width. The inspection of heavy and large components requires a versatile and adaptable system. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Ohm, Managing Director at O+H, explains: “After many discussions with Mr. Brand, it was clear: The XRHGantry from VisiConsult is the perfect system for the inspection of such large components. It is a roof-mounted system with seven programmable axes. In our case, an X-ray voltage of up to 320 kV is needed to penetrate our parts. As we are used to VisiConsult, they were able to provide us a suitable, customized solution very quickly.”

The XRH Gantry is a roof-mounted system with seven independent axes.

The XRH Gantry is a roof-mounted system with seven independent axes.

A successful start of the year

The deal was sealed directly on the Euroguss with a handshake between Dr.-Ing Ludger Ohm and Ulrich Brand. This marks the end of a successful exhibition in Nuremberg and is a great start into 2020 for VisiConsult. It continues a series of recent successes, like being awarded worldwide technology leader status by the German Chamber of commerce and showing strong growth beyond 100 employees in 2019. Commercial Director Lennart Schulenburg says: “It is great to see the ongoing trust of the market into our company, even amidst global economic challenges. VisiConsult will continue to grow strongly and we are on the brink of releasing many cutting-edge product innovations to the market. This will be an exciting decade with NDT 4.0.”

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!

If you need further information, contact Chelen Jonas via telephone +49451 290 286 0 or mail c.jonas@visiconsult.de.

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VisiConsult supports automotive sector with 100% inspection by real inline CT solution

The structural transformation towards electromobility poses enormous challenges for automotive suppliers, because new materials and production technologies are necessary. The occurrence of critical material defects is prevented by non-destructive material testing, for example by Computed Tomography (CT). VisiConsult, as a provider of innovative X-ray solutions, has already been able to install several full automated in-line CT systems at leading automotive supplier. One typical inspection is necessary for short circuit rings.

VisiConsult’s cooperation partner in the field of electromobility is breuckmann eMobility GmbH, a subsidiary of Breuckmann GmbH & Co. KG, that offers casted rotors for electric motors. Within the rotor a laminated core is positioned between the short circuit rings which are connected to each other by aluminium. While casting the short circuit rings the biggest challenge is that the aluminium needs to be sufficient fluid when arrive at the end side of the laminated core. If this is not attained, pores come up and depending on size they are tolerable or lead to discard of the rotors. While small pores are harmless discontinuities in the material, large pores reduce the strength of the short circuit ring. In order for it to be sorted out accordingly, an inspection by Computed -Tomography and Automatic Defect Recognition (ADR) is indispensable.

VisiConsult has been able to integrate many CT solutions into inline productions, so their customers benefit of a 100% inspection without any waste of time. Directly after the casting the rotors can be moved to inspection because the conveyer drives through a cooling tunnel. Due to this constant temperature condition during inspection are achieved. Subsequently, a robot positions two rotors in the X-ray cabin, in which two X-ray tubes are located.


VisiCosult’s Inline CT solution always places two rotors in the X-ray booth.

As a result, one X-ray cone can detect in its centre two shorting rings that lie side by side. That way four short circuit rings are scanned at once. VisiConsult manufacturer of special machines for X-ray was able to install the complete test cell as a black box. The operator doesn’t need any knowledge in X-ray or the process.

With loading and unloading, the inline solution is currently available in a cycle time of 42 seconds per rotor. In addition to the time advantage, the double x-ray source equipment also serves a more accurate scan and ensures greater system availability through redundancy.

Different perspectives of a short circuit ring without porosities.

According to the customer’s request, the subsequent analysis can be carried out according to the P202 standard by VW or other car manufacturers. With this system it is possible to perform 3D analyses, which means that it can be inspected 100% non-destructively.

If a pore size goes beyond that of a discontinuity, it is classified as a material defect and categorizes a component as not OK (n.i.O.), which leads to the sorting out of it.

The rotor cast according to the Zero Porosity Rotor Standard has no porosity even in the upper end ring and is thus ok.

Lennart Schulenburg, Commercial Director at VisiConsult, explains: “In addition to the evaluation results, our systems also provide extensive information about upstream processes, such as casting. With this information, our customer’s QM can be further optimized and monitored in real time. This functionality is part of our Industry 4.0 strategy and provides tremendous value. ”

breuckmann eMobility is a subsidiary of  Breuckmann GmbH & Co. KG and VisiConsults and VisiConsults project partner in the field of electric motors.

Active break for DGZfP at 
X-Ray innovator VisiConsult

The German Society for Non-destructive Testing. (DGZfP) invited its Technical Committee Radiographic Session (FA D) for two days from 26.-27. November to the company VisiConsult in Stockelsdorf, Germany. The Technical Committee includes the Computed Tomography Subcommittee and the Digital Radiography Subcommittee. The Deputy Chairman of the Subcommittee CT is VisiConsult’s Head of Application, Dr. Frank Herold. He and Commercial Director Lennart Schulenburg welcomed their guests.

The DGZfP is the world’s oldest non-destructive testing society, promoting science and research on the subject and organizing communication among stakeholders. For the first time the event took place at VisiConsult. Around 50 members and guests accepted the invitation. Besides a company presentation and a factory tour by VisiConsult, many topics about CT and DR were on the agenda for the subcommittees.

Recent developments in radiography and CT

Radiation testing as a non-destructive testing technique provides many opportunities for exciting presentations about CT and radiography such as “Pore and Defect Detection with Artificial Intelligence”, by Patrick Fuchs. Everybody listened to the speakers with great interest and the content was discussed together enthusiastically already before the dinner in Lübeck’s beautiful inner city.

The Technical Committee Radiographic Examination on the first day of its session.

Dr. Frank Herold spoke about the state of standardization regarding dimensionally measurements with CT at ASTM and ASME. In this regard, Dr. Herold states: “The possibility of a detailed imaging of internal structures of components by CT is unsurpassed, for example, in terms of increased production by 3D printing processes and their complex internal structures.”

VisiConsult rewards the hard-working DGZfP visitors with an active break

As a developer and manufacturer of X-ray inspection systems, VisiConsult very much appreciates working with the DGZfP. Commercial Director Lennart Schulenburg explains “In particular, working on creation and harmonizing of standards and guidelines on a national and international level provides companies such as VisiConsult and its customers with a professional basis for high-quality results in material testing. “

Since VisiConsult always organizes an active break for its employees on Wednesdays, the group of visitors was spontaneously involved on the second day of the session. Together with VisiConsult`s managing director Hajo Schulenburg, bodies were properly stretched 15 minutes, so everybody returned to work with new energy.

On the second day the visitors participated at the active break for new energy.

One more time in spring 2020

Finally, the RT Subcommittee on Education and its RT-CT 2 Working Group met in a separate meeting to discuss future training material. In February, VisiConsult will welcome another subcommittee of the DGZfP: The Subcommittee Interfaces, Documentation, Data Sovereignty, Storage & Archiving in the new Technical Committee ZfP 4.0. VisiConsult is looking forward to the next session in its facility – maybe again with an active break!

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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.
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!