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Metal Industry Inspection Solutions

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Metal Industry

Inspection Solutions

From locating new sources of natural resources and optimizing the mining process to manufacturing forged components, cast pieces, and solid metal bars or sheets, to recycling used metals, Olympus supports the metal manufacturing process with nondestructive testing solutions to help verify the composition of raw materials or ensure the quality of manufactured metal products.

Mining and Exploration

Challenge Mineralogy
Solution

TERRA®

The TERRA® portable XRD analyzer can provide geologists, mining engineers, and metallurgists with quantitative mineralogy in near real time. Understanding mineralogy can help optimize exploration efforts, improve blending strategies, and improve the mine plan. More

Challenge Grade Control
Solution

Vanta

The Vanta portable XRF analyzer can measure the magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), titanium (Ti), manganese (Mn), and iron (Fe) grade of a sample in seconds. Increasing the sampling density in grade control enables the mine to have greater grade confidence, improve the blending strategy, and identify mine boundary horizons to prioritize production. More

Challenge Crack testing
Solution

NORTEC® 600, OmniScan®

Mining often entails the use of large trucks and shovels, including massive dragline excavators. This equipment is often subject to tension, which can result in cracking and, eventually, severe damage. OmniScan® and NORTEC® flaw detectors can be used to identify both internal and surface cracks at an early stage before the cracks become severe. More about OmniScanMore about NORTEC

Steel Product Manufacturing

Challenge Process control
Solution

Vanta

Metal extraction from sulfide or oxide ores is a complex, multistep process. Vanta portable XRF analyzers can increase the efficiency of this process by providing fast, reliable, on-site analytical measurements of copper matte and steel matte compositions for process control and optimization. More

Challenge Grain Analysis
Solution

OLYMPUS Stream®+ BX53, GX53

In the metallographic laboratory, analyzing grains in metallic and alloy samples, such as aluminum or steel, is important for quality control. Thanks to advancements in software designed specifically for material science microscopy, operators can analyze grains in compliance with ASTM E112 and a wide variety of international standards. More

Challenge Quality control
Solution

27MG, 38DL PLUS, 45MG

During metal production, sometimes a part’s thickness needs to be measured when the test piece cannot be cooled down. Ultrasonic testing is an ideal solution because it can be used to measure thickness from only one side of the hot part. The measurements can be made nearly instantly and with only brief contact with the hot surface. More

Casting and Forging

Challenge PMI Analysis
Solution

Vanta

Highly accurate measurements of low levels of chromium (Cr) in carbon steel are critical for predicting the end of life in pipes. Vanta portable XRF analyzers can detect trace levels of Cr as low as 0.004% (40 ppm) in alloys and 0.01% (100 ppm) in carbon steel for flow accelerated corrosion inspection. More

Challenge Surface Analysis
Solution

OLS5000

The surface of steel is treated differently depending on how it will be used. Measuring the post-treatment surface roughness of stainless steel is important for evaluating the quality of the treatment. The LEXT® OLS5000 scanning laser microscope can be used to observe micron-sized three-dimensional surface irregularities for high-resolution inspections. More

Challenge Metal Flow Analysis
Solution

DSX110, DSX510, DSX510i

The state of metal flow is a critical factor in determining the quality of forged parts, and it needs to be checked on the entire component using high-definition imaging. In most cases, a conventional microscope does not have a sufficient field of view to image and check the entire component. DSX digital microscopes can acquire wide-area images in real time, making them the perfect tool for assessing metal flow. More

Challenge Quality Control
Solution

FOCUS PX

The forging process is associated with the emergence of natural volumetric defects. These defects can be located anywhere in the part’s volume and must be identified and characterized to help ensure high quality. The FOCUS PX data acquisition instrument uses advanced phased array technology to generate a high signal-to-noise ratio. Four additional dedicated UT channels are available for added flexibility in heavy forging inspection configurations. More

Challenge Casting Manual Inspection
Solution

38DL PLUS, EPOCH 650

During the casting process, a variety of internal discontinuities can occur in the metal. These include voids, porosity, inclusions, and cracks. All of these conditions produce indications that can be identified by a trained operator using an ultrasonic flaw detector with appropriate transducers. More

Coil and Pipe Mills

Challenge Quality Control
Solution

Rotating Tube Inspection System

In the tube manufacturing industry, full body inspection of the pipe is required during online production. Our high-quality inspection solutions comprise ultrasonic phased array probes integrated into fully automated testing systems to meet the most demanding requirements for volume and surface inspection. More

Challenge Quality Control
Solution

Bar Inspection System T2

In-line inspection of steel or aluminum round and square bars is required to track both sub-surface and internal indications. Our bar inspection system turnkey solution uses a unique floating head design with ultrasonic phased array probes to help ensure a high acquisition point density, meeting stringent industry demands. More

Challenge Quality Control
Solution

FOX-IQ

In the aerospace, petrochemical, and nuclear industries, the consequences of processing or fabricating with the wrong alloy material can be catastrophic. To protect their business, high-volume manufacturers need a fast, nondestructive method that checks each piece prior to shipping. The FOX-IQ® tube and rod system offers these capabilities in an easy-to-integrate, user-friendly, and reliable solution. More

Recycling

Challenge Metal Sorting
Solution

Vanta

The Vanta portable XRF analyzer for scrap is used to quickly sort and identify alloy for a fast return on investment. Built for durability, the analyzers are IP65/IP64 rated and drop tested. Most alloys can be identified in as little as one to two seconds for fast throughput, while optional wireless connectivity enables the analyzer to connect to the Olympus Scientific Cloud. More


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