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Casting (Aerospace / Automotive) | TODAY - FILM BASED

The time taken to radiograph and to interpret the image takes up to 24 hours, due to the delays in manual film processing and the transport of the casting to and from the inspection bay. This results in hugely inflated costs for the casting as the quality assurance can be more expensive than the product itself.

PROPOSED FILMFREE SYSTEM

Using the in-line FilmFree system, the scan will take seconds, not hours. The costs associated with film processing are removed, and no replacement film is needed. The analysis is done 'on the spot' by complex algorithms developed by this project, so that human error is eliminated.

Petrochemical & Power Industry | TODAY - FILM BASED

Not only does the inspection crew have to travel to the pipe work to be inspected, it then must take the radiographic film to be manually developed, and only then can it be analysed. This wastes large amounts of time and hinders communication.

PROPOSED FILMFREE SYSTEM

Using computed radiography, the image of the possible fault appears straight on a computer screen on site. This saves all the time and cost associated with radiographic film. The images can then be analysed and e.mailed directly to the plant owner who can then decide what action to take.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.