During tube production, immediately after the tube has been welded and before any further in-line processing is done, the weld bead must be scarfed off the tube. Scarfing is the process whereby the weld bead is cut off with a knife, or scarfing tool. Unfortunately, if the scarfing tool is not done properly, the tube may not meet end user customer specifications because of a rough surface left behind by the scarf tool. The result can be the primary contributor to creating a leak path on a compression fitting.
Product manufacturers in industries such as aerospace, defense, and healthcare have no room for error in their manufacturing processes—the product liability is too high with human lives at stake. The need for the strictest quality control and quality assurance poses substantial challenges for these manufacturers as they migrate some product manufacturing to use Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM).
Just a couple of weeks ago, Xiris had the opportunity to showcase our Weld Inspection Systems at Tube China in Shanghai. This was a four-day trade show which ran from September 26th to the 29th. Tube China has grown into Asia’s most influential tube and pipe industry event and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to thousands of leading brands. As the show has grown over the years, it has been fascinating to see the visitor interest grow as well. Participants were significantly more informed about the various technologies and were asking insightful questions as a result.