In recent years, developments in computed tomography have concentrated on the high-resolution measurement of large work-pieces and materials that are difficult to penetrate. To this end, large and heavy coordinate measuring machines were used. X-ray tubes came in two varieties: Closed tubes which often need to be replaced after just two or three years, while open X-ray sources require maintenance several times a year. This results in frequent downtime and high maintenance costs.
With the recently introduced Werth TomoScope XS, TomoScope technology is now available in a new compact format. The new machine type uniquely combines many advantages of various machine classes. The transmission tube – with a unique monoblock design – produces a small focal spot even at high X-ray power, so that rapid measurements can be performed at high resolution. The new X-ray source combines the advantages of closed and open micro-focus X-ray tubes. The monoblock design combines the source, voltage generator and vacuum pump into a single serviceable unit. This results in both long maintenance intervals and a virtually unlimited service life minimizing downtime and operating costs.
The maximum X-ray voltage is 130 kV, with an available 160 kV for workpieces with greater radiographic length and denser materials. The air bearing rotary axis positions the work-piece with the highest precision to ensure low measurement uncertainty.
The compact design of the TomoScope XS providing a minimal space requirement and low weight means the unit can be set up almost anywhere. With the exclusive source design, easy upgrade of the X-ray voltage and power to 160 kV and up to 80 W is possible at the installation site.
Like all Werth CT machines, the TomoScope XS reconstructs the work-piece volume in real time, in parallel with capturing the images, allowing the system to be used for production monitoring. The use of WinWerth measurement software for the overall measurement process enables traceability of the measurement results. Werth Messtechnik is states it is currently the only manufacturer to guarantee reliable and traceable measurement results by calibrating all CT machines according to standards, including DAkkS certification.
For the first time, a compact, low-cost machine with specifications according to standards is available. With rapid amortization and low maintenance costs for the new highly accurate tubes, the TomoScope XS allows CT sensor systems to be used across a wide spectrum of work-pieces and tasks within any company.
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