Jesse Garant Metrology Center launched its high energy industrial CT scanning service. With this system, the company will be the only private lab in the world that provides this specialized inspection service. The new capability will transform the landscape for non-destructive testing and support innovation within advanced manufacturing.
The system is the first of its kind that pairs a 3 MeV cone-beam x-ray source with a large format 2k x 2k flat panel digital detector. It can accommodate rapid inspection of mid-size parts, up to 44.5" in diameter by 63" in height. This will be beneficial for internal inspection of engineered parts, plastics, composites, castings, and 3D printed parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace, space, defense, automotive, and oil and gas.
The system offers multiple advantages for non-destructive testing, including a reduction in inspection time for scanning mid-size parts and assemblies. While existing high energy CT inspection services may take 4 to 16 hours to complete scans, the new system is able to scan parts in less than an hour. The service will also be beneficial for inspection of multi-material parts and assemblies, allowing for cleaner separation of internal components and inspection of higher density materials.
“We’re helping manufacturers qualify and validate parts that either weren’t possible because of limitations with existing technologies or weren’t feasible because the service was too costly or took too much time,” says Jesse Garant, President.
The company aims to fill the gap in current inspection technologies that limits the application of industrial CT technology due to part size and density. This will allow for internal inspection and dimensional validation of high value parts that would otherwise go into production without proper inspection. The exclusive technology will provide accurate metrology data for precise 3D measurements of external and internal part geometries.
Calibrated to NIST traceable artifacts, the new machine will help manufacturers maintain the quality and consistency of pre-production and production parts requiring first article dimensional validation. The system will also support PPAP and AS9102 Form 3 reporting requirements specific to the automotive and aerospace industries.
The company’s endeavor required a $4.5 million investment in technology as well as three years of planning, design, development, and construction to reach full operation. The new system required sourcing from local and international manufacturers, vendors, and specialists, including the construction of the largest 1m x 1m flat panel detector in the world.
With federal operational permits currently in place, the new system is now live. Jesse Garant Metrology Center is currently taking orders from companies who wish to access this innovative technology during the system’s ramp up period.