It’s time for a progress report! Fuse’s Rapid Prototyping Leader, @deborah, traveled to Lewistown, Pennsylvania last week to test the universal x-ray plate adapter prototypes at GE’s inspection facility. Here’s what we discovered.
First, the team compared imaging plates (IP) processed through the CRxVision with and without our adapter prototypes. This made certain the adapter didn’t distort the image during scanning, and it didn’t! Then, the adapter was tested with non-Vision IP proving both the ferro-magnetic material and IP holding material were sufficient.
Using a phantom, a scale of thin lines to calibrate image resolution, our inspection professionals are able to determine quality based on their ability to see, read and process these images. Thankfully, the image captures have proven to be quite clear. With layers of plastic, ferromagnetic material and adhesive, there was potential for a change in the processing of the x-ray image, but these materials did not damage the image, reinforcing the accuracy of the image captures.
The next step is to optimize the placement of the gecko material, as well as optimize the material used to build up the plate. Stay tuned for more progress updates, and, in the meantime, leave your comments and questions below!