AutoInspect consortium to demonstrate Powder Metallurgy inspection system

November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

The AutoInspect consortium, a European Framework 7 (FP7) funded project, has developed a digital radiographic system for the real time inspection of Powder Metallurgy (PM) and Metal Injection Moulded (MIM) parts, both in the sintered and green state. This technique has been developed in order to detect small cracks, flaws and density variations in-line in PM parts produced in a factory environment.

The AutoInspect system is able to inspect PM and MIM parts in seconds. Embedded Time Delay Integration (TDI) linear X-ray detectors allow the supply conveyor to run continuously while a row of parts is simultaneously scanned.

The TDI technique creates very low noise X-ray images with resolution up to 10 μm pixel size, depending on X-ray set-up magnification. Dedicated image analysis algorithm for the automatic detection of defects recognition with pre/post processing and an enhancement algorithm is used to sentence good/bad components.

Partners in the AutoInspect project are:

Accent Pro 2000 s.r.l


Polkom Badania 



Brunel Innovation Centre

Vienna University of Technology


AutoInspect is a digital radiography inspection technique which is able to inspect powder metallurgy parts in seconds

Process demonstration December 12

TWI Ltd, a consortium partner based in, Wales, UK, will host a prototype demonstration on Thursday 12th December 2013 at the company’s premises in Port Talbot.

For anyone interested in attending this event please contact

Tel: +44 (0)1639 873100

Fax: +44 (0)1639 873143

Email: [email protected] 

November 20, 2013

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