We also already have experience with automatic x-ray analysis. One of the first components we manufactured on our squeeze casting resource were steering and suspension knuckles for high-performance vehicles. Traditionally these parts were cast or forged in iron or steel, for the strength and durability that is required. However, our squeeze casting process combined with an automated X-ray analysis solution meant that we were able to meet all of the demanding property requirements for these components, while maintaining the design flexibility and light-weighting benefits of an aluminium casting.
Recently, we have upgraded the first of our MU2000n X-ray units from an image intensifier imaging system to a Varex XRD 14 bit digital panel. This has resulted in superior X-ray images on the castings, which in turn enables us to update our casting processes further to enhance product quality. In May we will be making a further investment and upgrading our second MU2000 to the digital panel system.
As advancements continue to be made in X-ray imaging, there is much potential to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of defect detection. By integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology into the analysis process, patterns that may indicated defects can be identified and the overall inspection accuracy can be improved.
We are continuing to raise the bar for excellence in aluminium castings. Our implementation of X-ray technology remains a critical component of our drive for continuous quality assurance in the world of die casting.