The CiS.01 Crack Detection System
The heart of the Qass line is the CiS.01, originally developed to help identify cracking in hardened parts when they are straightened. During the straightening process, a part may be subjected to extreme pressures that can result in stress fractures. Conventional methods of detecting these cracks can sometimes be inadequate. The crack can often be in the part but the surface can actually close back when the pressure is released. What was needed was a more reliable method of monitoring the process so that production was screened. The Qass crack detection system was developed to help identify those parts, giving the client another method of identifying problems. The CiS.01 is mounted and integrated into the straightening press, by filtering out machine noise the system can monitor the process looking for the energy that is emitted when the crack occurs. A specially designed sensor is mounted on the tooling of the press. This sensor is turned on and off by the controller, and the resulting energy levels of the signals are recorded for further analysis. If the energy level is exceeded the press will stop and will reject the part. Special software is included to download the data and offer a statistical overview of the process. After a part is identified by our system as defective, the client must conduct further testing to identify where the actual crack is located. This information can help in monitoring the entire process.