Metrology – Measurement Challenge: How do you measure something that’s flexible, transparent, and/or has complex geometry?

Take a CPAP mask for example – it seems pretty basic in appearance… 

However, when it comes to assessing a CPAP mask from a measurement perspective – it proves to be very complex. In metrology, traditional measurement tools such as CMMs and Laser Scanners, are simply ineffective. Neither can successfully measure flexible, transparent, and/or complex objects. 

Since CMM relies on a touch probe contacting the surface, consequently it will deform the object producing erroneous results. Further more, CMM also has issues dealing with inaccessible features due to the geometry of the object.  

Laser and light scanners cannot measure transparent objects without the addition of a surface coating. Therefore, these measurement tools also struggle with items featuring complex geometry when line of sight to the object feature is not available.  

The solution to accurately measure a CPAP mask – or any other object that’s flexible, transparent, and/or has complex geometry – is X-ray Computed Tomography (CT). This measurement choice is ideal for a number of reasons. CT does not apply any force to the object. It is unaffected by transparent or shinny surfaces; and collects internal and external data all within the same scan. In addition, internal as well as external geometry features, such as wall thickness, can be measured even if there’s no physical access to the internal structure of the object. Viola!  

We have a variety of X-ray systems on-site to quickly, easily, and cost effectively produce successful NDT and metrology results for customers nationwide. We’ve seen a multitude of different objects from numerous industry sectors come in to our Inspection Services Department for x-ray inspection and metrology. Some are simple jobs and some are complex. We love a challenge, so be sure to contact us when you need help.  

To learn more about our CT inspection services, our other X-ray capabilities, or to book a project – just give us a call at 763-447-4187 or email info@avoniximaging.com 

Take a Look: Our New M2 225/450

Avonix Imaging is proud to announce our new M2 225/450 large envelope inspection system is now available for contract X-ray and CT inspection services!

Located in our Maple Grove, Minnesota office our M2 225/450 is the only system of its kind in the United States that’s available for contract inspection services. We designed it to easily accommodate the wide range of products our clients request we scan. It’s a valuable addition to the array of equipment we utilize in our inspection services division.

In an effort to better meet the needs of our clients Worldwide, we built the M2 225/450 with a granite-based, high-precision, multi-axis manipulator. It’s paired with a Nikon 225kV microfocus X-ray source and a proprietary 450kV microfocus rotating target X-ray source. It features both an area detector as well as Nikon’s proprietary CLDA (curved linear diode array). In addition, it has our two-position detector panel shift option to provide nearly twice the scanning diameter envelope of conventional systems. Our newest M2 is housed in a panelized radiation-shielded enclosure and is equipped for helical scanning so even tall parts can be scanned in just a single pass.

This unique combination of superior manipulator design with both low-power and high-power microfocus X-ray sources from Nikon, means this system is able to scan a full range of products – from small electronics and hardware – to larger and higher density components such as turbine blades, castings, and complex additive manufactured parts.

We are dedicated to continually providing the best equipment possible for our client’s X-ray and CT nondestructive testing needs. For more information about our new M2 225/450, or any Avonix Imaging products or services, please give us a call at 855-228-6649.

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Inside Fireworks with Computed Tomography

At Avonix Imaging we are an inquisitive group! Therefore…we think it’s “a blast” (pun intended) to use our super cool computed tomography equipment to really see what makes stuff tick.

Ever wonder what’s inside fireworks? We did! Here’s our CT (Computed Tomography) scan of an 8-shot repeater aerial firework…called Kaleidoscope.

Happy 4th of July from Avonix Imaging!

For more information about our 2D and 3D X-ray imaging services visit: Avonix Imaging or give us a call: 855-228-6649.

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics - Avonix Imaging Blog

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics

Nikon Metrology has revolutionized defect analysis for electronic components for one Michigan company. Saline Lectronics is an electronics contract manufacturer, founded in 2002 and located in Saline, Michigan. Their experienced team of electrical, mechanical, test, and quality engineers solves the most complex and technical challenges for their customers. Therefore, it’s important for them to utilize the best equipment available. Saline Lectronics invested in the Nikon XT V 160. This offers the most accurate and reliable defect analysis of their customers’ highly complex, extremely dense circuit board assemblies.

Traditionally, the electronics manufacturing industry has relied on 2D X-rays systems or manual visual inspection to determine whether a connection is acceptable. However, these methods are subjective and can be unreliable. Nikon specifically designed the XT V 160 for use in production and failure analysis laboratories. This offers Saline Lectronics technicians a reliable, highly magnified look at component connections that ultimately saves time during both the build and troubleshooting processes. In addition, the non-destructive process offers a real-time, automated system for clear, pass/fail reporting.

Avonix Imaging partners with Nikon Metrology to provide world-class industrial x-ray and CT imaging equipment to companies like Saline Lectronics in the U.S. and internationally.

Read more about Saline Lectronics at the Nikon Metrology blog.

Year In Review 2016

Year In Review

As we begin 2017, Avonix Imaging has much to celebrate from the past year. We’d like to share some highlights as we look at our year in review.

Growth

As Avonix Imaging continues to grow its reputation and name in the industrial x-ray and computed tomography (CT) industry, we’ve also grown our staff to accommodate our clients’ needs. In 2016, our staff doubled, adding top-quality personnel to strengthen the areas of electrical engineering, equipment services, and contract inspection services. Our team is dedicated to exceeding expectations both in the quality of the imaging and the customer service provided, and continues to operate with the high standards and values of company founders Jeff Diehm and Brian Ruether.

Equipment

In 2016, we embarked on a project to develop and build our own walk-in x-ray enclosure with an Avonix large-format manipulator system that will allow us to inspect larger parts and higher density materials with a dual 225/450 kV Nikon micro-focus system configuration. This will be an immense benefit for our customers, whether they are looking to purchase a system of this caliber or utilize our contract inspection services.

New Location

The year’s most visible change for Avonix Imaging was the move to our new location. We purchased a building and relocated from our original office in Plymouth, Minnesota, to a larger facility in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with an expanded applications and demo lab as well as a high-quality assembly area for our systems integration efforts. As a result, this allows us additional capabilities in all aspects of our business.

Looking Ahead

Even as we celebrate our 2016 successes, we’re looking forward to what’s in store for us in 2017 as we continue to grow and enhance our products and processes. April will mark our fifth anniversary, and we want to celebrate with you. Look for more details soon about an open house anniversary celebration.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to our colleagues, our partners, and, most of all, our customers. You’ve been instrumental in the success of Avonix Imaging and we appreciate your support. Here’s to another great year at Avonix Imaging.

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

For needed improvements in their quality assurance department, award-winning Mindarika turned to Nikon Metrology for computed tomography (CT) capabilities. Mindarika, India’s largest four-wheeler automotive switch manufacturer, has since seen a global improvement in its productivity, and continues to explore the full potential and capabilities of the CT system.

Avonix Imaging partners with Nikon Metrology to provide world-class industrial x-ray and CT imaging equipment to companies like Mindarika in the U.S. and internationally.

Read more from Nikon Metrology.

Contract Inspection

Avonix Imaging Logo, Minneapolis Imaging, Digital X-Rays, CT ScansIn any industry, being unable to find a failure in materials, products, or components can be frustrating and costly. You lose valuable time and dollars testing the part again and again. The failure may result in significant production delays or even greater losses when you can no longer move forward with the project. Avonix Imaging can help.

Avonix Imaging is a leading provider of industrial x-ray and computed technology (CT) imaging services to a multitude of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, food, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and many others. In addition, 2D x-ray and CT can be utilized in a multitude of applications within each industry, and new uses continue to emerge.

We offer industrial x-ray imaging and CT systems from Nikon Metrology as well as custom solutions. However, not every company has a need for on-site equipment. That’s where our inspection services come in. On an as-needed basis, we can provide 2D or CT imaging scans at our state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Our inspection process is simple. Call us to discuss your application and potential solutions. You can upload a high resolution photo, up to 5 MB, so that we can have a clear picture and a better understanding of the product or part. Once we discuss and agree to the scope of the project and associated costs, ship the part to our lab. When your part arrives, we complete your scan with the fastest turnaround in the industry. We’ll return the part and deliver superior imaging results via WebEx, a flash drive, or a personal visit, whichever you prefer.

Founded on the expertise and guiding principles of its owners, Jeff Diehm and Brian Ruether, Avonix Imaging is committed to providing the best imaging available in the market, in a timely manner and at a price that makes this exceptional service an exceptional value as well.

Solve your manufacturing challenges with Avonix Imaging. Call us to learn more.

X-Ray CT System Installation at Mexican University

Avonix Imaging, Nikon Metrology, M1 CT X-ray scanning systemA Mexican university has a brand-new CT scanning system thanks to Nikon Metrology and Avonix Imaging. This May, Avonix ventured south of the border to build and install a Nikon Metrology dual-source 225kV and 450kV M1 CT X-ray Inspection System at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP).

The M1 Configurable CT X-Ray Inspection System provides the power needed to penetrate through high-density parts and generate scatter-free CT volumes with micron accuracy. The M1 is available in a walk-in room or a self-contained standalone cabinet and takes configurable and customizable design to the next level.

Located in Puebla, BUAP is excited to utilize the cutting-edge technology for chemical, automotive and food industries in the region and conduct research in biochemistry, forensics and archeology. While the institution has past experience with x-ray technology, the university is new to the world of x-ray scanning. BUAP is planning to use the machine to partner with nearby Volkswagen and Audi plants and develop national testing standards for Mexico.

Here at Avonix, we are proud to partner with one of Mexico’s oldest and most prestigious public universities. We hope the M1 CT system will bring BUAP a new world of discoveries and opportunities!

Meet Our Newest Employee

“I live by the philosophy that our customers are the reason we exist as a company, and deserve to be treated as such. My responsibility is to maintain their trust and help nurture that relationship.”
Dave Theisen

Dave Theisen has been specializing in the industrial x-ray and maintenance business for nearly 20 years. In 1994,Dave went to work for Park Industries, Inc. in St.Cloud, MN performing welding, machine fabrication and assembly of large stone working saws, CNC routers, edger’s, and polishing equipment. This led to becoming a Field Service Technician and eventually to a Field Service Coordinator/ Customer Service position, where Dave practiced a strong focus on building and maintaining good customer relations. After graduating from St. Cloud Community and Technical College in 2011 with a degree in Industrial Electronics/Mechatronics, Dave joined North Star Imaging (NSI) in 2011 as a Field Service Technician who focused on installation, repair, and preventative maintenance of industrial x-ray equipment. He also provided customer service phone support when in the office while having the strong ability to troubleshoot complex electrical and system performance issues. Dave has a strong belief in a “Customer” focused service experience.

Welcome to the Avonix team, Dave!