EWI Colorado – Capabilities and Services on the Front Range

By Marcie Willard on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, EWI – Company, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Modeling & Simulation, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

EWI Colorado opened in the fall of 2016, unveiling our latest state-of-the-art lab and facility.  This center of excellence was established in partnership with the City of Loveland, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) and the State of Colorado to offer the region direct access to EWI’s full range of experts and provide expanded technical servicesRead more

5 Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Costs Using Nondestructive Evaluation

By Evgueni Todorov on Monday, July 17th, 2017 in NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Profitable growth and innovation requires finding new ways to reduce manufacturing costs. Advanced NDE and inspection techniques give manufacturers the ability to reduce waste, ensure quality faster, meet government and industry regulations, and more. EWI’s infographic, Five Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Costs Using Nondestructive Evaluation, illustrates the areas where manufacturers can find cost savings usingRead more

Testbeds: A Fast, Efficient Path to Continual Innovation — new paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Monday, July 3rd, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Control Technologies, First Time Quality, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Testbeds are an effective tool for innovation, allowing manufacturers to develop and prove out new technologies and manufacturing approaches without shutting down production. By providing a bridge between research and the factory floor, testbeds empower manufacturers to innovate new joining processes and develop new in-process quality-control techniques. Furthermore, testbeds allow development to take place entirelyRead more

EWI’s Additive Manufacturing Consortium

By Frank Medina on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, EWI – Company, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Laser Processing, Manufacturing Innovation, Materials Engineering, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Composites, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

In 2010, EWI established the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) as a national consortium of industry, government, academic, and non-profit research organizations. The AMC’s mission is to accelerate and advance the manufacturing readiness of metal AM technology. The specific goals of the AMC are to: 1) foster technical interchange by presenting timely case studies and currentRead more

3D Vision-guided Robotics for Industrial Applications — New Paper

By Ron Brown on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Flexible Automation, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, NDE and Inspection, Technology Innovation. No Comments

Advanced robot-based object detection, recognition, and gripping technologies have seen increasing use as manufacturers transition from mass production to customization to meet customer demands. As a result, today’s modern robotic systems must be able to recognize a changing environment and adapt to it. Advanced vision techniques ranging from low-resolution systems with a large field ofRead more

New Guide: NDE Breakthroughs that Ensure System Integrity and Lifetime Quality

By Evgueni Todorov on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Advanced nondestructive evaluation (NDE) allow manufacturers to more effectively comply with standards and regulations, extend the life of equipment, vehicles, and infrastructure, and reduce the risk of service failures. Now, new developments are enabling companies to implement NDE earlier in the manufacturing timeline— gaining value for not just in-service assets, but during new product developmentRead more

STC Projects in 2017 — Focus on Inspection of Dissimilar Metal Welds

By Bill Mohr on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in Advanced Manufacturing, Dissimilar Materials, Dissimilar Metals Joining, Materials Engineering, NDE and Inspection, Oil & Gas, Structural Integrity. No Comments

The EWI Strategic Technology Committee for Oil & Gas (STC) is beginning a new project to evaluate the relative accuracy and reliability of nondestructive evaluation methods for the inspection of dissimilar metal welds (DMWs). This work is important as the oil and gas industry is increasing its use of corrosion-resistant alloys. While radiographic testing can reliablyRead more

Development of Intelligent Servo-Controlled Forming Technology — New Paper

By Hyunok Kim on Monday, May 15th, 2017 in Aerospace, Automotive, Forming, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Designers are adopting new high-performance alloys to create innovative and reliable products while simultaneously reducing cost; however, forming these unique materials can be challenging. As a result, U.S. manufacturers require new forming approaches to stay globally competitive. To address this need, the EWI Forming Center is developing an intelligent servo-controlled forming process that integrates nondestructiveRead more

Advanced X-ray Inspection Techniques for Electronic Devices — New Paper

By Alex Kitt on Friday, May 5th, 2017 in Advanced Manufacturing, Consumer Electronics, EWI – Company, First Time Quality, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

Digital radiography and computed tomography (CT) are powerful imaging tools that allow manufacturers to assess the quality of their products after final assembly. Bak USA, a manufacturer of ruggedized laptops and tablets, engaged EWI with a need to understand which technology would be most appropriate to assess the final build quality of their hardened hand-builtRead more