Month: November 2018

TowerJazz Adds 65nm Capability for Image Sensor Processing

2018-11-02
TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced the Company is increasing its technology portfolio that is compliant with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) by adding 65nm technology access for next-generation ROICs (Readout Integrated Circuits), enabling essential military and space applications critical to national defense. ROICs are used for reading infrared and ultraviolet detectors in military surveillance and other applications ranging from x-ray astronomy to security and industrial inspection.

Initial products serving the US aerospace and defense community have taped-out in this new 65nm offering and additional products are in design. Through proper licensing TowerJazz can provide access for aerospace and defense customers to an increasing technology portfolio including high dynamic range image sensors (CIS and CCD), integrated power devices (BCD, SOI, and LDMOS) and high frequency silicon RFCMOS.

“We are excited to announce this new advanced capability to our customers. Adding 65nm, and soon, 45nm technology for ITAR products enables our aerospace and defense customers additional avenues to continue to create advanced products to serve this very critical market,” said Mike Scott, Director, TowerJazz USA Aerospace & Defense.

Further details will be discussed at TowerJazzs U.S. Technical Global Symposium (TGS) to be held on November 7, 2018 at the Hilton Santa Clara, CA. To view the agenda and/or register for the event, please visit: http://www.towerjazz.com/events/TGS/2018/TGSUS.html/.

About TowerJazz

Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (NASDAQ: TSEM, TASE: TSEM) and its subsidiaries operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures next-generation integrated circuits (ICs) in growing markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace and defense. TowerJazzs advanced technology is comprised of a broad range of customizable process platforms such as: SiGe, BiCMOS, mixed-signal/CMOS, RF CMOS, CMOS image sensor, integrated power management (BCD and 700V), and MEMS. TowerJazz also provides world-class design enablement for a quick and accurate design cycle as well as Transfer Optimization and development Process Services (TOPS) to IDMs and fabless companies that need to expand capacity. To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity for its customers, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel (150mm and 200mm), two in the U.S. (200mm) and three facilities in Japan (two 200mm and one 300mm). For more information, please visit www.towerjazz.com.

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West Star Aviation Receives Cessna Approval as an Authorized Independent NDI Facility

2018-11-02
West Star Aviations Chattanooga facility has received Cessna approval as an authorized independent Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) facility.

This approval allows West Star to perform Nondestructive Testing and Inspections (NDT) requirements on Cessna models, as well as access to documentation and the required standards/kits needed to perform this work. This approval is in addition to a wide-variety of approvals and capabilities West Star currently has to service Cessna aircraft, which extend beyond being an authorized Citation jet service center for aircraft maintenance and warranty provider.

“We are proud of this approval as it continues our long-standing growth and support of maintenance on Cessna aircraft. Being an independent NDI facility allows us to perform NDT services in-house at Chattanooga which will help us potentially decrease downtime and cost for customers,” said Thomas Hilboldt, General Manager, West Star Aviation.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO for five consecutive years from 2014-2018 in Professional Pilot Magazines annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey, West Star Aviation specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; Chattanooga, TN; and Perryville, MO, West Star Aviation runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO; Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX; and Scottsdale Airport in Scottsdale, AZ. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organizations divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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Toshiba Imaging Releases 1.6mm Chip-on-Tip Video Borescope

2018-11-02
Toshiba America Information Systems (TAIS) Imaging Systems Division introduces a small, digital video borescope with illumination, the SV-1000. The small, water- resistant chip-on-tip inspection camera measures only 1.6 mm diam. and features an integrated LED light for illumination within the 1.9-meter flexible shaft. The new 1 mm x 1 mm CMOS sensor provides 400 x 400 pixel resolution with a 120-degree field-of-view (FOV) lens. The SV-1000 is a two piece system comprising the flexible shaft inspection camera and separate compact camera control unit that includes electrical connections, video outputs, and LED light control.

Toshiba Imagings innovative digital video borescope inspection system does not require a PC connection for use. It has dual outputs (HDMI and USB 3.0) that allow simultaneous viewing from a display and through a computer for capturing still images and video clips. PC- based image-viewing software for display and image/video capture is also available. The new SV-1000 illuminated borescope is ideal for industrial equipment inspection applications including aircraft engines and turbines, castings, tubing, tool and die, electronics assemblies, and other industrial tasks where space is limited. The SV1000 is not for use in medical instrument and surgical device inspection applications.

To learn more about the SV-1000 flexible, digital video borescope inspection system for industrial applications, please call: 810-357-5022, or go to: www.toshibacameras.com.

Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS), Imaging Systems Division (Irvine, CA), is the exclusive representative within the Americas for video camera technology developed and manufactured by Canon Medical Systems Corporation (CMSC) in Japan. In 2016, Toshiba Corporation transferred its video camera business to Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, a Canon Group Company, which recently rebranded its name to CMSC. TAIS provides a convenient single point of contact for the video camera products and supports all sales, quality, regulatory, and technical service needs. Together, CMSC and TAIS are technology leaders for their ultra-compact, exceptional performance, high definition (HD) and Ultra-HD 4K 3-CMOS color video cameras and economical single-chip HD cameras. All camera configurations, customized video solutions, and related accessories are accompanied by TAIS’ responsive, personalized sales approach and comprehensive tech support.

TAIS distributes its innovative camera technologies to original equipment manufacturers, integrators, and authorized distributors for the medical, scientific, industrial, defense, and manufacturing markets. More information about the various camera configurations is available at www.toshibacameras.com.

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Premium Inspection & Testing Welcomes New Leaders

2018-11-02
Premium Inspection & Testing Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bradford Edwards and Mr. Ethan Nelson to key leadership roles in the companys Pipeline Integrity Services team.

Mr. Bradford Edwards has recently joined Premium Group as Service Line Manager, Pipeline Integrity. Mr. Edwards is a 20+ year operations and business process inline inspection (ILI) veteran who leverages client and provider expertise in ILI inspection and the pipeline industry to bring quality nondestructive testing (NDT) services to industry clients. Mr. Edwards was most recently Chief Executive Officer at NDT Global LLC USA with full business responsibility for the companys U.S. operations, including leading a large, diverse team and achieving record revenue growth. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards was Vice President/Global Manager, Data Analysis for NDT Global LLC and has also held various engineering, product and account management positions related to pipeline and fixed asset integrity at companies including Chevron Energy Technology Company and Rosen USA.

Previously serving as Advanced Services Supervisor at Premium Groups Capitol Division, Mr. Ethan Nelson has accepted the position of Operations Manager, based in the companys Mobile, AL office. Mr. Nelson holds professional certifications which include: MT-II, PT-II, RT-II, UTSW-II, PAUT-II, AWS-CWI, NACE CIP-2, API-510, API-1169. He has in-depth field experience in performing high quality NDT inspections on a wide range of client assets including pipelines, tanks, turbines and vessels, while focusing on maintaining a safe and productive work environment. His supervisory skills include the generation and maintenance of inspection records, conformance verification to multiple inspection criteria, personnel scheduling and staffing as well as maintaining successful customer relationships and communications. Mr. Nelsons previous positions also include Project Supervisor Pipeline for GE Inspection Services.

Mr. Rodney Bonvillain, Chief Executive Officer of Premium Inspection & Testing Group, said: “Pipeline integrity services is a strategic and growing business line for Premium Group, with many opportunities continuously emerging. We are pleased to welcome these two highly capable professionals as leaders in this area. Both have a proven track record in prioritizing and delivering exceptional service, which is the cornerstone of our companys commitment to our customers.”

About PIT

Premium Inspection & Testing Group, headquartered in Houston, TX, is a family of best-in- class companies working together as one team to safely deliver exceptional services to its clients through unparalleled knowledge, experience and technology leadership. With decades of know-how from serving virtually every industrial sector and application requiring top notch inspection, testing, calibration and quality management solutions, Premium Group provides the valuable, reliable and actionable information needed for its customers to make sound, engineering-based decisions regarding the fitness for service of its assets, components and weldments, while also ensuring full regulatory compliance during manufacturing, installation and in the field. Premium Groups Operating Divisions serve clients regionally from main locations in Baton Rouge, LA, Davenport, IA, St. Louis, MO, Gonzales, LA, Mobile, AL, Lake Charles, LA, Lombard, IL, Waterloo, IA, Plant City, FL and Newark, DE, as well as nested sites at customer facilities nationwide. For more information, visit www.pitinc.com.

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Vanderbilt Researchers Inspect 3D Printed Parts with Gold Nanoparticles

2018-11-02
The ability to accurately assess the structural integrity of 3D printed parts is a critical step in advancing additive manufacturing (AM). Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified fault detection and overall part quality as one of the fundamental challenges that is currently limiting the use and applications of polymer-based additive manufacturing. As a result, quality assurance and inspection methodologies for additive manufacturing are being pursued relentlessly in both academia and industry.

Vanderbilt University, 3D printing, fault detection, quality control
The image shows a vial of gold nanoparticles in solution on the left. In the background on the right are the shredded plastic-containing gold nanoparticles (maroon in color) and pure PLA (white) used to extrude the filament for 3D printing. The gold nanoparticle-functionalized filament is in the foreground. Researchers used the filament to 3D print the Vanderbilt logos. In the background is the “filabot” extrusion system used to manufacture the filament itself. (Image source: Vanderbilt University)
In particular, research is being conducted on multiple fronts to establish and outline metrics for AM processes and the resulting parts and materials that are created. One of the first steps in this process is ensuring that 3D-printed parts are manufactured exactly as they were designed and ensuring that there are no material defects in the final product that could lead to failure. By establishing quality assurance and control metrics throughout the manufacturing process, researchers can speed the adoption of AM across multiple industries and even enable new applications.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a non-destructive testing method for 3D printed parts that uses gold nanoparticles to visually identify defects, such as missing print layers that occur during the manufacturing process. These defects might be caused by a clogged print nozzle, poor material extrusion, or other factors. If the flaws remain undetected, they can reduce the overall strength and performance of as-printed parts and materials and result in premature material failure. Whats revolutionary about the new process is that the means of uncovering flaws is essentially embedded within the material itself.

Read the full article at Design News.

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OpenVDNA Project Will Accelerate AI Adoption for Inspection and More

2018-11-02
Fans of open source Machine Learning got a boost today with the launch of an Exascale Visual AI initiative to sequence Visual DNA from images using Volume Learning to enable new applications. The OpenVDNA project provides public resources for visual AI solutions, including a visual DNA catalog, visual AI search engine, and a visual AI toolkit. Visual DNA are taken from thousands of small pieces of images composing the fabric of the image.

Each visual DNA puzzle piece is analyzed and compared using over 16,000 feature metrics in four primary bases: Color, Shape, Texture and Glyphs. Visual DNA are learned and stored in the OpenVDNA catalog using Learning Agents to create structures representing higher-level objects, and then accessed via the OpenVDNA search engine and the OpenVDNA software toolkit.

The mission of the Visual Genomes Foundation is “OpenVDNA for everybody”. “Visual DNA are part of the future of AI, and a standard part of the infrastructure of modern life”, says Scott Krig, founder of the VGF. “A global backbone of supercomputers will learn, record and serve visual DNA to innumerable connected applications, providing basic visual AI services for industrial inspection, inventory, commerce and daily life. Volume learning and visual DNA will become ubiquitous, popular, simple and free.”

Read the full article at Inside HPC.

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Varex Imaging To Showcase Digital Detector at ASNT 2018

2018-11-01
Varex Imaging Corporation (Nasdaq: VREX) will exhibit its latest industrial Nondestructive Testing (NDT) imaging products at the Annual Meeting for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing in Houston, Texas from October 28-31, 2018. ASNT Fall is attended by a large number of NDT specialists ranging from researchers to leading experts meeting at this global event to share ideas and expertise.

The Varex exhibit will feature an array of its X-ray tubes and linear accelerators, digital detectors and other image processing solutions. These components are designed for industrial imaging systems that are used in electronics inspection, casting and weld/pipeline inspection, metrology, industrial cone beam computed tomography, materials science and in-line quality control for automotive, aerospace and electronics manufacturing.

New Product Introduction CMOS 2307NDT Digital Detector

Varex will be introducing its new CMOS 2307NDT digital detector with high resolution and rapid frame rates (up to 60 fps), which is ideal for pipeline and weld inspection applications. The narrow enclosure with GigE interface is optimized for use inside a pipeline and to fit within a crawler.

“A recent customer evaluation concluded that our CMOS 2307NDT digital detector exhibits a high frame rate of 20 fps and a good resolution of D12 with contrast sensitivity. In addition, the evaluation showed this digital detector to be suitable for applications from 2-30 mm material thickness with ISO 17636-2 class B fulfilled,” said Carl LaCasce, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Imaging for Varex Imaging Corporation.

Industrial Imaging Components

Varex Imaging offers an expansive portfolio of components for Industrial NDT at both high and low energies. In addition to the CMOS 2307NDT Digital Detector, the following products will also be showcased at ASNT Fall 2018:

Small, Medium and Large Field of View (FOV) Digital Detector Arrays (DDAs)

X-ray tubes optimized for NDT applications: VF-80HPX-225-11HPX-320-11

High Energy Connectors suitable for use up to 225kV

CST toolkit which includes image processing algorithms and CBCT reconstruction software designed for use with Varex Imaging X-ray fluoroscopic digital detectors. This software toolkit comprises a suite of Windows-based software libraries that enable OEMs to quickly develop software that produce high-quality 2D images or 3D reconstructions.

A team of imaging experts will be available on-site to discuss Varex High Energy NDT Solutions including a range of Linatron Linear Accelerators for NDT for imaging large parts and castings, from Engines to Rockets, anything which needs an energy range of over 450kV.

“We have solutions for all your applications in industrial inspection and nondestructive testing Varex components are at the heart of your system,” LaCasce said.

About Varex Imaging

Varex Imaging Corporation is a leading innovator, designer and manufacturer of X-ray imaging components, which include X-ray tubes, digital detectors and other image processing solutions that are key components of X-ray imaging systems. With a 65+ year history of successful innovation, Varex’s products are used in medical imaging as well as in industrial and security imaging applications. Global OEM manufacturers incorporate the company’s X-ray sources, digital detectors, connecting devices and imaging software in their systems to detect, diagnose and protect. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Varex employs approximately 2,000 people located at manufacturing and service center sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Varex, visit vareximaging.com.

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Teledyne Imaging To Showcase Innovations At Vision 2018

2018-11-01
Teledyne DALSA and Teledyne e2v, both Teledyne Technologies [NYSE: TDY] companies and global leaders in machine vision, combine as Teledyne Imaging to showcase their newest and most advanced vision solutions in a combined display including presentations and live demonstrations at the VISION show, November 6-8 in Hall 1, Stand F62 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany.

Subject matter experts will be on hand to provide insight on planned product development and advanced, enabling technology for future imaging challenges. The following products will be at the show, including several new product introductions:

CMOS image sensors New image sensors from Teledyne e2vs Snappy and Emerald series, including 2, 5, 8.9, 12, and 16M detectors that enable fast and accurate digital processing, and combine full HD resolution with a 2.8 μm low-noise global shutter for high-speed scanning.

Calibir Outstanding uncooled long wave infrared imaging and great flexibility in a compact package. Adaptive contrast enhancement, shutterless operation, and VGA resolution with multiple output and lens options

Genie Nano 5GigE New, the industrys first 5 Gigabit, GigE Vision area cameras with frame rates equivalent to 985MB/sec with TurboDrive for fast, high resolution imaging over long cable distances.

Genie Nano CXP A preview of the 25 Mpixel model with the CoaXPress interface offering high resolution throughput equivalent to 2 GB/sec.

Linea HS Preview this high-speed, high-sensitivity 16K CMOS TDI camera, with 300kHz line rate and next generation fiber optic interface for high bandwidth, long cable length, low system costs, and high reliability data transmission.

Linea ML New, cost-efficient and powerful, Linea ML 8k line scan cameras. Linea ML offers versatile functionalities with mono/HDR, color, multispectral, and multi-field image capture.

Piranha4 Color Preview the 8k tri-linear color line scan camera, built to deliver cost-efficient, high-resolution imaging for color inspection.

Xtium2 New, high-performance and fiber-optic enabled frame grabbers support Camera Link HS, CoaXpress (ver 2.0) and Camera Link interface standards. With the Linea ML and Linea HS, the Xtium2 enables the most demanding vision applications.

Z-Trak Preview the high-resolution, factory-calibrated laser profiling camera designed for industrial applications requiring object height measurement.

Please visit the Teledyne Imaging team in Stuttgart, Germany, November 6-8, 2018 in Hall 1, Stand F62.

About Teledyne Imagings Vision Solutions

Teledyne Imaging is a group of leading-edge companies aligned under the Teledyne umbrella. Teledyne Imaging forms an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum and decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each others strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne Imaging offers world-wide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies, and vision solutions are built to deliver to their customers a unique and competitive advantage.

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