The problem solving approach is the current limitations in application flexibility, sensitivity, speed and costs of on-line industrial X-ray inspection systems applied for food, packaging, general manufacturing and novel materials and combinations. The idea involves development of:
(i) a novel modular approach for the design, installation, operation, maintenance and servicing industrial X-ray systems (the modular concept);
(ii) a novel, fast and ultra-sensitive X-ray scanning detector, that subsequently is implemented as one of the modules of the modular concept.
A modular X-ray system design modular involving fundamental technology sub-systems will create a concept that agrees with demands for novel, cost-effective and flexible manufacturing. Apart from a novel shielding design, the project integrates the development of novel detector technology that enables the inspection on-line of e.g. new composites, polymers, packaging, light food products and micro-mechanical devices. Novel CdTe technology shall result in a 500 mm long scanning detector, enabling the improvement of sensitivity by a factor of 3-4, improving resolution from 0.4 mm to 0.1 mm for industrial on-line scanning detectors, improving on-line inspection speed to 120 m/min, and facilitating compact design. Additional technology modules are based Japanese and American competence with relations to IMS framework. The commercial benefit of the project relates to savings on:
-investment (due to lower system complexity), expectably by 20-40%;
-usage (due to higher usage by making possible the use on different lines; depending on manufacturing details this may be up to 50-80%) ;
-maintenance (due to intelligent surveillance and due to shorter down time caused by the flexible design);
-servicing and savings on reducing down time (by implementing novel product service engineering);
-future upgrades or modifications (up to 50-80%), as the flexible design allows the exchange and upgrade.
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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