Original Date: 01/23/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Non-Destructive Evaluation Capabilities for Process Monitoring
Sandia's Testing Support Center performs a unique service at the labs with several objectives. These objectives include analyzing production/processes and related inspection techniques; introducing non- destructive evaluation (NDE) inspection technologies; and validating inspection processes where there are opportunities to improve the product quality through a variety of NDE technologies.
With a team of professional engineers, the Testing Support Center maintains a wide assortment of NDE capabilities to perform both laboratory and field evaluations. Radiography (to 10MeV), ultrasonic scanning (to 1 GHz), computer tomography (to 2.5 MeV), acoustic monitoring, coherent optics, and enhanced visual (high speed and ultra-high speed photography) are all part of those NDE capabilities. Examples of this successful application are illustrated by improvements to manufacturing an Atomic Force Sensor through using acoustic microscopy; Integrated Circuit inspection through ultrasonic inspection; automated and manual paint thickness inspection applying ultrasonic and eddy current techniques; acoustic bearing analysis; and circuit board inspection using computer aided tomography.
These capabilities have been successfully integrated into product development and the production data stream to improve product quality through process improvements.
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