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Quality control and Quality assurance

Dimensional quality control (QC) is a process that measures the dimensions of manufactured parts to ensure that they adhere to a defined set of quality criteria and match customers’ requirements. Quality assurance (QA), on the other hand, consists of a set of procedures that prevent mistakes and defects in the different steps of the manufacturing process in order to avoid non-compliance when delivering parts to customers.

As QC managers, you have the delicate task of ensuring—even improving—the quality of the manufactured parts by applying effective controls performed with reliable, fast, and easy-to-use measuring equipment. You are also responsible for testing and validating the true performance of these instruments. Therefore, equipment unavailability, inefficiency, and limitations are obstacles to your work performance.

As QA engineers, you are in charge of investigating the problems raised by QC and production, performing the root cause analysis (often under pressure), and implementing corrective actions quickly to limit downtime. Through this process, you will also look for ways to improve the manufacturing process while minimizing production costs and lead time.

Creaform Solution

Creaform’s 3D scanning and probing technologies —handheld or automated—enable QC and QA engineers and managers to measure the dimensions and validate the quality of manufactured parts as well as find the root cause of issues detected during inspections.

Accurate, fast, portable, and versatile metrology tools are the solutions to fulfill your goals and overcome your challenges.

  • Accuracy:

    With accurate, high-resolution, and repeatable results, regardless of the measurement setup quality, environmental instabilities, and user experience, the measurement quality has never been better.
  • Speed:

    With the highest measurement rate and easy setup, the scan-to-results process occurs in minutes, saving precious acquisition and analysis time.
  • Portability:

    With dynamic referencing, in which both the part and the instrument can move freely while measuring, inspections can occur in diverse environmental conditions without affecting performance.
  • Versatility:

    With advanced optical and laser technologies and limitless scanning volumes, portable 3D scanners can inspect any part, regardless of size, shape, material, surface finish, and complexity.

Applications Example

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3D Modeling For Phased-array Inspections In Aerospace Industry

To ensure the safety of passengers and proper maintenance of equipment, inspections of surface impact damage on aircraft parts and structure must be performed.

Developing, manufacturing, and inspecting a casting of superior quality in less time

Discover how 3D scanning technologies helps casting inspections and casting manufacturing. Get strategies to improve your casting product development process.

Aerospace Maintenance

Reactors and turbines are costly, essential pieces of equipment that usually have to undergo regular maintenance. The high cost of such equipment justifies repairs at times complex for problems such as deterioration. To determine the repairs required, warping or loss of material due to wear is to be precisely measured.

Replacing headers on a main steam piping system at a power generating facility

Replacing headers on a main steam piping system at a power generating facility is challenging. Often, CAD models are no longer available. Therefore, engineers have to design the replacement parts by dealing only with the physical parts.

Power Turbine Component Analysis - 3D Scanning

No matter if the objective is to inspect, repair or modify power generation turbine components, the challenges remain the same: access to the components and stability of the measurement setup. The components that require measurement like impeller blades, guide vanes or casings are always located in tight spaces with difficult access.

3D Modeling For Phased-array Inspections In Power Generation And Energy

Power generation components and structures must be inspected to assess the level of degradation and remaining service life. Power generation organizations are facing mounting challenges of inspecting complex components that are part of a very intricate assembly and cannot be taken out for inspection purposes.

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