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robotiX™ – Automation for X-ray Inspection

Tucker Behrns

Engineering Manager

North Star Imaging’s recent robotiX development incorporates the proven technology of industrial robots into our standard line of Digital Radiography (DR) and Computed Tomography (CT) equipment. The goal of this development is to improve system automation as well as incorporate flexibility for the user.

How can 2D and 3D X-ray Imaging Help with Additive Manufacturing?

Sheng Yue

Service and Applications Engineer

Additive manufacturing (AM), sometimes referred to as 3D printing, is believed to be one of the greatest opportunities of our era and has the potential to completely change many business landscapes in the coming years and decades. There are still constraints and challenges in AM that need to be tackled by the combined efforts from scientists, engineers, and decision makers. During this process, with the help of X-ray imaging products and expertise...

Computed Tomography Used in Reverse Engineering

Sam Callander

ISG Business Development

Computed tomography used in reverse engineering saves time and enables easy manipulation of data for analyzing and testing a wide range of components

Behind the Scenes at NSI

Andy Goenner

Project Manager

The operations team has recently taken a significant next step to help better align our building with how we manufacture our systems.

How will NSI software upgrades and software contracts benefit your business?

Justin Wisner

Trainer - Applications Specialist

Before I get into the benefits and value of how NSI software contracts will benefit your business, let’s look back at the history of NSI’s software. The next big thing will make your company run stronger, safer, faster and overall more profitable.

Preventive Maintenance of Industrial X-ray System – A Must!

Stephanie Vinger

Service & Technical Training Manger

Industrial X-ray imaging is commonly used as part of design validation and quality control processes across many industrial applications including Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Military and Defense. Similar to medical doctors and specialists checking for cracks and fractures in bones, industrial radiographers and manufacturing engineers use X-ray images to check for cracks and flaws or defects that are not visible to the human eye from the outside of the products being manufactured.  X-ray images are acquired by placing a product/object on a stage between an X-ray tube and X-ray…

Optimizing Defect Detectability

Nate DeRoo

Inspection Services Lab Technician

Setting up a computed tomography scan can be a complicated task when trying to optimize defect detectability. There are many parameters that can be adjusted, and many of them have a direct or inverse relationship with other parameters for your scan.

Industrial Micro-Computed Tomography Uncovering History

Aymeric Beau

Inspection Services Lab Manager

Industrial Micro-Computed Tomography for archaeologists, arts experts, museums and more.  A very powerful and non-destructive technique to examine the inside of an object in 3 dimensions.The increase in capabilities of CT has led to industrial CT scanners being used more often and in more ways than ever before.Within the different worldwide NSI Inspection Service labs, we have seen a tremendous growth of CT scanning requests coming from various industries…

The DICONDE Standard

Mark Aziz

Senior Software Engineer

ASTM1 defines DICONDE as “Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation”, and it is a standard for handling, sharing, storing and transmitting information between DICONDE compliant systems. The ASTM DICONDE committee (E07.11) was formed in 1999 to put a NDT standard (DICONDE2) that is based on the medical (DICOM3

Computed Tomography Inspection of Additive Manufactured Components

Pat Carlson

Applications and Training Specialist - Level III

Rapidly expanding into production manufacturing, additive manufacturing (AM) has gained incredible interest in all industry facets. From aerospace applications to simple one off consumer home builds, this technology has immense versatility and use. In additive manufacturing, objects are built by adding layer upon layer of material. With all of these materials in use and knowing that many of these components will be created for critical end use applications in aerospace, medical, or automotive industries to name a few. The challenge becomes; how does the manufacturer inspect these products to ensure safety and…

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