GE’s New NDT Facility to Feature Industrial CT Scanning and 3D Imaging

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Computed tomography (CT) scanning and X-ray inspection services are typically thought of in terms of the medical field, where they are used to diagnose, analyze, and ultimately help treat patients. CT Scanning services utilize a computer that takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside a human’s body and converts them into pictures on a monitor.

British engineer Godfrey Hounsfield may have invented the 3D imaging technology in 1972 for scientific and medical uses, but today industrial CT scanning services are becoming a popular and viable option for original equipment manufacturers (OEM), production companies, and various other part suppliers. Jesse Garant and Associates is proud to be one of the leaders in the industry, as illustrated by the fact that we are the only specialized lab in North America with a sole focus of providing industrial computed tomography scanning and subsequent 3D imaging.

In a move that highlights the increasing popularity and prevalence of these particular services, General Electric (GE) announced just before the holidays that their Inspection Technologies business opened a Technology Solutions Centre (TSC) in the United Kingdoms that will provide their customers with these kind of services. The new facility will be dedicated to GE’s non-destructive testing (NDT)technologies as answers to specific inspection problems, according to the quality assurance and manufacturing news source QualityMag.com.

GE has long been considered one of the biggest and most influential companies when it comes to everything from energy to software and their recent move into the industrial 3D imaging space is just more proof that this innovative inspection solution is here to stay.

One of the biggest reasons companies are turning to industrial CT scanning is to save money. Customers from virtually any industry can reduce their new product inspection and failure analysis costs between 25 and 75% when compared to existing technology.

Another factor is the intricate detail and microscopic look these tools can provide. A micro-CT scan yields resolutions in microns because the focal spot of a micro focus tube is only a few microns in size. In general, the size of the part being scanned isn’t an issue as pieces both big and small can be analyzed.

“As digital radiography and advanced CT technology continue to become more common in industrial production and field environments, we are poised to further help our customers,” said Juan Mario Gomez, the company’s general manager for radiography.

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