Subsea pipelines connect much of the other offshore oil and gas infrastructure, carrying fluids to and from wells, platforms and loading and unloading stations. The remoteness of these lines makes their structural integrity particularly important to plan for at the design and fabrication stage.
New article by EWI Applications Engineer Mahdi Jamshidinia describes the use of a photodetector to identify and quantify cross-contamination during laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF), as well as the use of computed tomography (CT) and metallurgical analysis to verify predictions of part quality.
Recent advances in robotic technology have allowed manufacturers to use automated bin picking for increasingly challenging applications to improve overall productivity. These applications can be divided into three cases based on the degrees of freedom of motion of the parts in a bin.