Industrial CT scanning is a form of 3D scanning that leverages X-ray technology to yield three-dimensional images of both the interior and exterior of the item being scanned. Computerized tomography, or CT scanning, has been used for decades in medical imaging and also is highly beneficial to businesses that must inspect internal components.
Aerospace, automotive, electronics and die cast manufacturing are just some industries that benefit from the use of CT scanning in an industrial setting. Some common uses of the images include:
- Flaw detection
- Failure analysis
- Accuracy of assembly
- Reverse engineering applications
The competitive advantages that can be gained by the accuracy and data achieved with 3D modeling make it a highly useful tool for many companies.
The primary benefits of Industrial CT Scanning:
Reduced operating costs
The old adage, “time is money” is very true. The ability to inspect the interior of components without disassembling them dramatically reduces the time needed for inspections and analysis, thereby reducing operating costs allowing companies to be more competitive in the marketplace.
Shortened development time
Specifications can be validated quickly with CT scanning which expedites the design and development process. Many scans can be completed in a matter of just a few seconds, dramatically changing the nature of pre-production in many industries. This allows businesses to get products to market quicker, maintaining their competitive advantage and leadership positions.
Increased production ability
Internal components can be prototyped and replicated much quicker and without the need for CAD files to be created from scratch. Prototypes and full production can be completed in far less than time ever before. This means businesses can enjoy greatly improved production performance in less time.
Improved product quality and accuracy
Precision measurements are able to be taken with the use of industrial CT scanning. Even the most minor flaws are able to be identified with 3D imaging, allowing adjustments early in the process of development so that the final product has a higher degree of accuracy and quality. This yields increased customer satisfaction and, ideally, repeat business which is critical for long-term success.
Reduced number of product recalls
Better accuracy of finished products reduces the need to issue product recalls. It can also limit the number of potential filed lawsuits against a company due to defective products or workmanship. Even in cases where there is no actual wrongdoing on the part of a business, the cost of issuing and managing recalls or handling legal actions and accusations of wrongdoing can be great.
Industrial CT scanning delivers tremendous power to businesses today beyond what was ever possible with 3D laser scanners or coordinate measuring machines. It offers extreme accuracy of detail, versatility to scan items from very small to very large sizes, fast results and information and ease of use that is unparalleled by any other method of metrology.
There’s a wide range of applications and markets
There are a wide number of industries and appropriate markets that make use of 3D imaging today. In addition to mainstream manufacturing markets, food inspections, museum digitization and research lab measurements all benefit from this technology.
Today’s industrial marketplace is increasingly competitive and requires the ability to reduce costs, raise production and increase accuracy for any business that is going to survive. For businesses that will truly thrive, the ability to lead development and get products to market faster is also critical. Advanced 3D modeling can enable this to happen, giving new life to many businesses in many different industries.