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Inspection Software Improves Analysis, Visualization of Scan Data

April 23, 2024
With enhanced data-interpretation, collaboration, and presentation capabilities, the new software release helps users to refine, integrate, and share their product-manufacturing-quality results and initiatives more easily.

VOLUME GRAPHICS’ new release of its non-destructive evaluation software suite responds to increasing digitization and manufacturers’ accelerating production programs – which has given physical inspection of finished goods (based on computed tomography and other industrial product-scanning technologies) even more importance. As the digital product-development pathway has become increasingly sophisticated, ease-of-use of the accompanying scan-data-based, quality-assurance software is key to its successful application in aerospace, automotive, electronic, medical, and other industries.

With enhanced data-interpretation, collaboration and presentation capabilities, the software helps users to refine, integrate, and share their product-manufacturing-quality results and initiatives more easily.

The underlying architecture of the suite – which includes VGStudio MAX, VGStudio, VGMetrology, VGinLine, and myVGL – harnesses sophisticated algorithms developed over decades, incorporates greater automation, and now includes customized, deep-learning tools.

The latest updates mean that non-expert users can quickly and effectively apply these powerful resources to quality evaluation throughout the product lifecycle—and collaborate with the experts in a common language.

Some of the highlights of the new release include:

Interactive reports and PNG format. Sharing scan data results and reports is a vital part for manufacturing organizations working to optimize product quality. Reporting must flow from engineers to managers, who may not have run any analyses themselves but want to understand when and/or where a particular pore or crack occurred, and why an accept or reject call was made or a design change implemented.

New in 2024.1 is a highly intuitive HTML report functionality that supports 3D interactive part or result views. Self-contained documents are now easy to access with any Chromium-based browser like Edge or Chrome, so that analyses can be interactively viewed at any stage of the quality-assurance process.

Along with this, a new PNG export functionality requested by users is available. When using PNG as a storage or data-exchange format, all images produced by Volume Graphics analyses can be copied and pasted directly into almost any kind of media, without the need for additional file conversions. This change provides for much more powerful visualizations, reports and presentations — and a faster workflow for importing or exporting volume data.

Linear sizes for metrology.  Linear functionality is valuable for users concerned with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T.) The common abbreviations used to indicate linear sizes are now visually represented directly within report graphics. This simplifies standard conform measurements by providing direct support for modifier symbols — and allows easier evaluations for many size features, such as two-point measurements (LP), envelope requirement (E), and global modifier symbols like (GG).

PIA updates. Of particular interest to the casting industry are updates in Volume Graphics’ porosity inclusion analysis (PIA) capabilities that make it easier for metalcasters to meet industry-compliance requirements P 202 and P 203. Multiple regions of interest can be evaluated to determine whether they are in tolerance, or not, with instant, color-coded viewing of tolerance states.

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