On May 12th 2017, TC Inspection Systems AS (TCI) was formed to provide solutions for automated quality inspection when processing aluminum. TCI is a joint venture owned equally by InPhase Solutions AS together with VisionTech AS and TC Engineering AS.
“We are happy to announce the founding of TC Inspection Systems, which offers solutions for the aluminum industry to meet the increasing quality demands. Since quality issues can be detected at an early stage in the manufacturing process, this will both reduce the environmental footprint and save costs for the actors in the industry.”, comments TCI board member and InPhase Solutions CEO, Jochen Rau.
TC Inspection Systems delivers automated non destructive testing systems, which detect flaws, cracks and inclusions by means of ultrasound. To date, the systems can handle aluminum billets with diameters between 200 and 457mm and a length up to 7.5m. Flaws are detected according to class C of the industry reference standard - ASTM B594 (Standard Practice for Ultrasonic Inspection of Aluminum-Alloy Wrought Products). Thus, flaws with echo signals corresponding to a 3.2mm flat-bottomed hole reference can be detected.
TCI currently continues the development and will soon be able to also offer inspection according to class A ASTM B594.