X-ray inspection control systems are used for the non-destructive testing (NDT) of large manufactured parts to accurately identify and correct faults with components. NDT is a spectrum of analysis practices performed in several industries to inspect products without incurring damage or lasting alterations.
The method is highly valuable because of its ability to save time and reduce expenditure, while providing accurate images and information. Computers with advanced performance, reliability and availability are essential to the application of the process.
Inspection control systems are deployed in industrial workplaces like factories and therefore must overcome resultant environmental challenges. For example, designing computers with front fan filters will achieve a wide temperature range, meaning continuous operation is achievable despite any fluctuations of hot or cold. Encasing computers within a robust chassis certifies they will be resilient to the stress factors prevalent in hostile environments, such as shock and vibration.
Failing to specify systems with suitable levels of protection can inconvenience businesses in a number of ways. Dependable computers with a consistent and continuous supply minimise costs and downtime, and reduce losses incurred through downtime.
Integrators of inspection control systems for NDT should also consider:
- Flexibility in installation options to suit a range of applications
- Add-ons for specific I/O cards providing connectivity needed for specialist test equipment
- Latest generation processors to manage larger image resolutions
Engineering time is valuable and optimising it can benefit businesses greatly. Through the application of correct knowledge and informed component selection, the operational life of computers can be extended. This significantly reduces the need for components to be revalidated as a result of obsolescence, freeing engineers to focus on higher value projects.
Computers supporting X-ray inspection control systems should undergo thorough evaluation to mitigate the most commonly observed failures of thermal and EMC emissions compliance testing. This will provide the end-user with confidence that the product is capable of operating effectively and reliably throughout its lifecycle. Testing pre-compliance using in-house facilities is a cost effective and convenient way to achieve additional levels of accuracy, reliability and ultimately, reassurance.