Palmer Foundry’s State-of-the-Art Inspection Technology Digitizes Casting Surface

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Palmer Foundry, the leader in providing dimensionally stable and vacuum tight aluminum castings for complex applications, has announced its adoption of a state-of-the-art inspection method that is completely new to the aluminum casting industry.

The laser scans the casting surface and creates a cluster of data points

This new technology is very exciting, because it not only has a tremendous impact on quality; it is also an excellent tool for trouble shooting and engineering design.

Palmer Foundry has announced its adoption of a state-of-the-art inspection method that is completely new to the aluminum casting industry. The company’s use of this technology, which digitizes the casting surface, has escalated the accuracy of dimensional inspections and advanced collaboration with customers and machine shops to levels not previously possible.

This breakthrough technology significantly improves the accuracy and efficiency of quality control inspections, with the ability to compare both solid model and casting in three dimensions. According to Bob Logan, President of Palmer Foundry, “This new technology is very exciting, because it not only has a tremendous impact on quality; it is also an excellent tool for trouble shooting and engineering design.”

The way it works is that a laser scans the casting surface and creates a cluster of data points. The integrated software then calculates basic geometric and GD&T measurements and compares complex geometry, surfaces, and feature positions to the solid model. Any differences between the solid model and the casting are identified. The differences are then illustrated in robust output that includes 3D imagery, detailed data sets, graphs and narrative. The output is then converted to a PDF document so that it can be easily shared among multiple parties.

The new inspection equipment can be used to identify the genesis of problems. With this technology it is possible to determine if issues stem from the design specifications, the solid model or the pattern. Further, the robust and easy to share output clearly illustrates the variances to everyone involved in the process which facilitates communication and resolution.

The Palmer Foundry engineers can also use the new technology for design assistance and collaboration through reverse engineering. The measurement arm can be used to digitize a part or object to create a fully surfaced CAD model. This enables rapid prototyping and the ability to reproduce complex shapes quickly, accurately and efficiently.
Based in Palmer, Massachusetts in the United States, Palmer Foundry produces vacuum-tight and dimensionally stable aluminum castings for countless industrial applications with demanding specifications. They are the creators of the proprietary VaPore and Stable-Cast alloys, and they use these technologies to solve engineering challenges every day by producing aluminum castings for sophisticated and/or high performance applications. The company operates with 70 employees, in a 60,000 square foot complex on a nine acre campus.

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