The news is full of stories about products that almost work. Full of stories about products that work well for awhile until a flaw is found. Unfortunately, the flaw may only be found after an accident where something, or worse yet, someone, is damaged or injured. Consider some of the latest problems and recalls that have been in the news lately:
- The popular international furniture maker Ikea has had problems with one of its most recognizable items. A popular and well selling dresser, which is often purchased for starter homes and cramped city apartments, has been cited in the deaths of three toddlers in the U.S. since February of 2014.
- After 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries and the recall of 24 million vehicles, three separate and independent studies indicate that the Takata air bag is likely to explode after they are degraded by age and hot, humid weather.
- The Ford Motor Company has issued five recalls which includes more than 285,000 vehicles. The recall problems range from driver seat tracks to tires. Research indicates that some of these items may have been damaged during assembly. Also part of this recall, Expeditions, Navigators, F-150s and Mustangs have been recalled because of transmission sensor problems.
- A particular brand of wooden heart shaped tea light holders have been recalled after they have been identified as having a potential risk of causing tea lights to flare.
Thorough NDT services and other industrial CT scanning processes allow manufacturers to reduce their new product inspection costs and failure analysis costs by as much as 25% and 75% when compared to some kinds of existing technology.
With the continued advancement of porosity measurements and other x-ray inspection services, industrial CT technology improves very quickly. Although a few single CT slices would take hours to generate just a few years ago, it is now possible to reconstruct entire 3D models with billions of voxels in a matter seconds. This opens the door for a variety of new applications like 3D reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D metrology and more.
Is your company doing all that it can to make use of current NDT services to perfect the safety of the parts and products that you manufacture?
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