Welding processes have undergone vast changes
in recent decades, including increasing computer control and automation.
Control systems for process parameter supervision and adaptation,
positioning, orientation, and data documentation are crucial in
automated welding processes, including the repair of used metal
This project was aimed at developing a new non-destructive
testing system for material inspection of metal parts via real-time
X-ray analysis. Newly developed microfocus X-ray techniques, along
with high-resolution and high-sensitivity real-time imaging, allow
the detection of very small defects below several microns in size.
When linked with an automated welding system the result is a flexible
and highly efficient system for repairing turbine blades.
Partners say their work represents another
step towards the "factory of the future", increasing productivity
while helping to conserve valuable energy and mineral resources
through the recycling of worn-out parts.