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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…

Taking 3D X-ray Inspection to a New Dimension - 4D CT

Matt Zachman

Inspection Services Lab Technician


4D CT will give you the same benefits as 3D CT, but with the added bonus of motion and time. Sample motion can be captured by either two different scanning techniques, static or dynamic.

Did you try binning it?

Nate DeRoo

Inspection Services Lab Technician


What is pixel binning? Pixel binning is a mode that the X-ray detector can run in that takes a 2x2 matrix of pixels and combines them to create one larger pixel. This is done in the hardware internally in the detector so there is no additional processing time for the computer. There are a number of benefits to using pixel binning including better signal level, higher contrast, and faster framerates. The down side to using pixel binning is that there is a loss in image resolution. This decrease in resolution may not have much of a negative effect though, as the contrast sensitivity that…

A New Development for Significantly Reducing Ring Artifacts in CT Scans

Brett Muehlhauser

R&D Technical Fellow - ASNT Level III


During a CT scan, pixels that do not respond to the variations in product related attenuation will cause consistent or intermittent tracks along scan trajectories which end up as rings in a CT reconstruction.

Advantages of Using Advanced Industrial X-Ray Scanning Styles (Vortex, Subpix, and Mosaix)

Anthony Talberg

Technical Trainer


Standard cone beam scanning is sufficient for many applications, but what about the applications where you cannot fit the part in a single detectors view?

Measurement Traceability

Joe Schlecht, PhD

Senior Software Engineer


According to the International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology (VIM) [1], the traceability of a measurement result is demonstrated through a documented unbroken chain of calibrations, each contributing to the measurement uncertainty. This means that not only is it necessary to use a reference standard of length which has an unbroken chain of calibrations, but the uncertainty of the resulting measurements must include the uncertainty of all the links in the calibration chain.While the VIM definition is clear about what is needed for the traceability of a measurement result, it does not…


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