Shimadzu Corporation has released the XDimensus 300, its first X-ray CT system for dimensional measurements. This system is capable of obtaining CT images of samples (workpieces targeted for inspection) using X-rays, and measuring their internal dimensions with high accuracy.
This industrial X-ray CT system can obtain three-dimensional fluoroscopic images (CT images) of the interior of samples via X-rays, measure the internal and external dimensions of samples, and determine their volumes by deriving coordinate values from these CT images.
The XDimensus 300 was developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. As a dimensional X-ray CT system, it provides the highest level of measurement accuracy in Japan, with a maximum permissible indication error of ±3.8 to 9.8 µm (depending on the measured dimensions). At the same time, it enables observations with the highest level of resolution in Japan, comparable to the inspeXio SMX-225CT FPD HR, Shimadzu’s flagship microfocus X-ray CT system. The XDimensus 300 is expected to contribute to improving work efficiency and quality control accuracy in various processes, such as the verification of technical drawings and the inspections of resin molded goods and aluminum processed goods in the automotive and electronic parts industries.
Shimadzu delivered the prototype for this product to the National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ) at AIST. The knowledge obtained in collaboration with NMIJ was then used to develop this product. At NMIJ, this prototype is being used to develop international standards related to methods for evaluating the performance of dimensional X-ray CT systems. Measures are being taken to enable the enactment of requirements for measurements using dimensional X-ray CT systems in the ISO-10360 international standards, before 2020.