X-ray inspection services

Using state-of-the-art microtomography systems we deliver detailed three-dimensional representations of objects and their inner structure with a resolution down to the sub-micrometer range, and offer solutions to your questions by using progressive data analyses.

If conventional x-ray methods reach their limits, we are in the position to evaluate the latest x-ray methods and technologies due to the proximity to the Technical University of Munich and our far-reaching network. That way, current developments in research become immediately available to our customers.

As a rule, the procedure from the first contact to the completion of the project consists of four phases:

Phase 1: Evaluation of feasibility and appropriate x-ray method

As a first step, we discuss with our clients the questions that need to be answered. For this we need information about the size and characteristics of the samples that are to be examined and, of course, the results that are expected.

A thorough understanding of the background information is of vital importance to us in order to offer optimum advice on the possibilities of x-ray imaging as a means to finding a practicable solution and correct assessment of the feasibility. In some cases we carry out a free test measurement before discussing the suggested procedure with the client and providing a detailed quotation.

Phase 2: Execution of the x-ray measurements

When the contract has been awarded and the respective samples have arrived, we execute the measurements as arranged with the customer. If it becomes necessary, the sample undergoes preparation or special treatment. After that, it is installed in the x-ray machine and the appropriate parameters for data recording are determined.

We have access to different x-ray systems being in the position to examine structures down to a size of less than one micrometer. Our methods include conventional radiography (radiographic examination), micro- and submicro computed tomography (µCT and sub-µCT), multi-energy procedures (dual-energy CT), and novel x-ray imaging techniques like phase-contrast and dark-field imaging.

Phase 3: Data processing and analysis

In the third phase the recorded data is processed and evaluated with regard to the goals determined. If the viewing of the three-dimensional volume of a sample is required, a reconstruction of the data has to be performed. With the help of advanced algorithms image quality can be enhanced considerably and interfering image artefacts can be reduced.

Depending on the x-ray method used further processing steps may be necessary. Additionally, complex analyses can be performed, to determine, for instance the distribution and the alignment of fibers. A number of diverse software tools are available for such tasks.

Phase 4: Preparation and discussion of results

After that we provide a preparation of the findings, tailored individually to the needs and wishes of the customer. We also prepare a report containing meaningful visualisations and a summary of the findings made. We want to make absolutely sure that the results can be understood and utilized without any prior knowledge, so we are happy to present and discuss them either in a virtual conference or personally on site. If required, the reconstructed data volumes can be provided for personal review and storage or we archive them for the period of one year.