No matter the type of casting method utilized, small flaws can still arise during the production of engine blocks and cylinder heads. Since these can lead to engine breakdowns, strict quality controls ensure that defective pieces of machinery do not reach the delivery stage.
X-ray inspection offers the opportunity for:
- Verification of blowholes and pores
- Geometric measurement of inner structures
- Wall-thickness analysis
- Comparison of actual vs. target situation
X-ray technology has been used successfully for years during production, both for spot-check sample and for 100% inspection. With YXLON industrial X-ray and CT inspection systems, casting core ruptures and shifts, inclusions, and porosities and blowholes can all be verified with certainty.
In addition to low levels of pollutant emissions and fuel consumption, modern engines must display a high performance and low weight. This is achieved through the use of aluminum and magnesium alloys as well as through the innovative combination of construction techniques and manufacturing processes.
At the research and development phase, YXLON industrial computed tomography (CT) inspection systems can be used to ensure that new materials and production technologies are being utilized and implemented with quality assurance. Typical tasks here are shape capturing, a comparison of the actual and target situations, initial prototyping, and the measurement of geometric relationships in inner and outer structures.
Specialized YXLON industrial CT inspection systems are used more frequently in research and development departments.