Mobile CT at the VDI conference on casting technology in engine construction

GET YOUR INSPECTION DONE – Anywhere. Anytime. Fast.

The auto­mo­ti­ve indus­try is facing con­stant­ly gro­wing chal­lenges and must adapt to chan­ging requi­re­ments. A cen­tral issue here is the tran­si­ti­on to elec­tric and inter­nal com­bus­ti­on engi­nes with hydro­gen. A key com­po­nent in engi­ne con­s­truc­tion will still be cas­ting tech­no­lo­gy. Depen­ding on the cas­ting pro­cess, cast pro­ducts are sus­cep­ti­ble to defects in dif­fe­rent ways, which is why it is essen­ti­al to check the qua­li­ty of expen­si­ve and/or safe­ty-rele­vant com­pon­ents. One way to do this non-des­truc­tively is com­pu­ted tomo­gra­phy (CT). Howe­ver, the­re are some reser­va­tions about CT inspec­tion, as it is often assu­med to be expen­si­ve, time-con­sum­ing and to requi­re qua­li­fied per­son­nel. Micro­vis­ta GmbH has alre­a­dy taken on all the­se chal­lenges with its ser­vice port­fo­lio in the past. In order to make CT test­ing even more attrac­ti­ve as a non-des­truc­ti­ve test­ing method, the SCANEXPERSS was deve­lo­ped by Micro­vis­ta as a ren­ta­ble mobi­le CT solu­ti­on. Among other things, this makes a CT available at short noti­ce at mana­geable cost when the­re is a need. This is ide­al, for exam­p­le, to speed up deve­lo­p­ment, to get a grip on a pro­cess that is not capa­ble and con­trol­led at the SOP or in the case of blo­cked bat­ches.

Microvista with the SCANEXPRESS at the 12th VDI Conference

In order to make this inno­va­ti­ve world first known to as many found­ries and OEMs as pos­si­ble, Micro­vis­ta exhi­bi­ted its CT at the 12th VDI con­fe­rence for cas­ting tech­no­lo­gy in engi­ne con­s­truc­tion, which took place from 08 to 09 May 2023. The SCANEXPRESS was brought to the site on a trai­ler by truck and acted as one of the main attrac­tions at the trade exhi­bi­ti­on. All visi­tors were not only able to view the CT and ask their ques­ti­ons, but also recei­ved a live demons­tra­ti­on of an inspec­tion. The com­po­nent cho­sen for this was a sta­tor housing. A focal point of the defect that was exami­ned with AI was the wall thickness.

Conference presentation: “Tailor-made CT inspection solution for short-term needs”.

Prof. Dr. Lutz Hagner as CEO of Micro­vis­ta GmbH gave a pre­sen­ta­ti­on on the topic of “Cus­to­mi­sed CT inspec­tion solu­ti­on for short-term needs”. In his pre­sen­ta­ti­on, he empha­sis­ed that typi­cal recur­ring pro­blems of all sup­pli­ers in the auto­mo­ti­ve indus­try can lead to a tem­po­r­a­ri­ly increased need for inspec­tion. To meet this need, inspec­tion solu­ti­ons must be set up quick­ly and have a high through­put. Mobi­le solu­ti­ons such as the SCANEXPRESS can meet the­se requi­re­ments and are the­r­e­fo­re par­ti­cu­lar­ly well sui­ted for cas­ting tech­no­lo­gy in engi­ne construction.

Other lec­tu­re topics offe­red the par­ti­ci­pan­ts of the VDI con­fe­rence the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about fur­ther new deve­lo­p­ments in cas­ting tech­no­lo­gy in engi­ne con­s­truc­tion. The topics included:

Summary of the VDI conference

The auto­mo­ti­ve indus­try is con­stant­ly loo­king for new and inno­va­ti­ve solu­ti­ons to meet the demands of the ever-chan­ging mar­ket dyna­mics. The demons­tra­ti­on of the SCANEXPRESS and the posi­ti­ve as well as inte­res­ted reac­tions of qua­li­fied exe­cu­ti­ves on site, show­ed that the mobi­le CT is an effi­ci­ent solu­ti­on for some of the­se requi­re­ments. The SCANEXPRESS thus crea­tes a prac­ti­cal advan­ce for the non-des­truc­ti­ve test­ing of cas­tings in engi­ne construction.

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