GE's CT systems reduce maintenance and ownership costs while improving inspection quality and productivity for high-throughput industrial applications
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the industrial computed tomography (CT) systems market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes GE Inspection Technologies (GE) with the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. GE has achieved this success on the strength of its v|tome|x c HS industrial CT scanner and speed|scan CT 64, which have proven invaluable for rapid and high-accuracy scanning in industrial production process optimization and quality control.
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"GE's novel inspection solutions offer a simplified and automated workflow and faster scanning to monitor the output of many production lines. For instance, it is highly effective in automotive casting or for 100% inspection of extremely complex or safety-intensive parts such as turbine blades or additive manufactured parts in the aerospace industry," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Mariano Kimbara. "Another relevant innovation is GE's recently-launched v|tome|x m, the world's first industrial microCT scanner with advanced scatter|correct technology, which enables CT users to attain unprecedented levels of low scatter artifact quality."
GE has leveraged its non-destructive testing technology by incorporating its scatter|correct technology in CT systems (which combines the high precision of a fan beam CT system with fast cone beam CT inspection), offering up to 100 times increased throughput. scatter|correct provides end users with the same image quality that can be obtained from the time-consuming line detectors, but with a heavily streamlined scanning process. Therefore, the next generation of CT scanners from GE will be comprehensive inspection suites with a high degree of flexibility for failure analysis, production, and R&D.
To take CT technology to the next level of data automation in the industrial production environment, GE enhanced its speed|scan helix CT system and introduced its phoenix v|tome|x c 450 HS industrial CT scanner in 2015. A significant product advantage is that it achieves high inspection throughput and quality using its scatter|correct and quick|pick capabilities. GE developed the quick|pick module for automated blade batch examinations to generate CT scans of 25 blades within two hours, without operator intervention.
The scatter|correct hardware/software module enables relatively fine surface detection and precisely measures wall thicknesses for large or high-density materials to be scanned with high energy. This distinct feature allows users to improve the image quality and precision of failure analysis.
In 2015, GE also rolled out its compact CT system, phoenix v|tome|x m metrology edition. The scanner is widely used by metrology labs and industrial process controls due to its 300 kV/500 W microfocus scanning capability, offering a measurement accuracy of 4+L/100 μm. This is the first industrial microCT scanner with scatter|correct technology for automatic elimination of most scatter artifacts, allowing better CT quality or more material penetration at the same scan energy level.
"Another distinguishing CT solution for industrial mass inspection is GE's speed|scan CT 64 system," noted Kimbara. "Based on a medical GE Healthcare CT gantry adopted for high throughput and harsh production environments, speed|scan represents a revolution in industrial computed tomography by offering unique advantages for near-production use."
The speed|scan CT 64 allows complete CT scans of parts of up to 900 mm in length and 500 mm in diameter. This means that it is large enough to perform a 3D inspection of something as large as automotive cylinder heads or gear cases several hundred times faster than a conventional fan beam CT scanner. Its extremely high throughput rate allows a 100% inspection or statistical surveillance of several production lines.
As it is a leading global technological and digital company, most advanced core components of GE's industrial CT systems are proprietary. This includes software, X-ray tubes and generators, digital detectors, and helix CT gantries in addition to innovations as a whole, such as the scatter|correct technology and 3D speed|ADR algorithms. GE has leveraged a proven technology to design a wide range of solutions, thereby delivering an enhanced customer-ownership experience through the life span of its CT products.
Summing up, Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner of Frost & Sullivan, observed, The 'Company of the Year' award is the most prestigious award bestowed by Frost & Sullivan because it reflects excellence in growth, innovation and leadership. We are thrilled to recognize GE Inspection Technologies for its visionary leadership in the industrial CT systems market, exemplified by its focus on driving business performance by innovating for the future."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and robustly implementing it. The recipient has shown strength in terms of innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value, and speed in response to market needs. In short, the award looks at the emerging market participants in the industry and recognizes their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.
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