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Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions expands inspectiona nd compliance capabilities

Monday, April 25, 2016

AMETEK Dynamic Fluid Solutions (DFS), has added two new advanced metrology tools at its Rock Creek, NC, manufacturing facility, enhancing its inspection, compliance and quality-control capabilities. The new additions include a SPECTRO MIDEX micro X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer with an ultrafast silicon drift detector (SDD) system for rapid and reliable elemental analysis. The MIDEX is designed to perform highly sensitive, non-destructive testing. It is capable of both small spot analysis and the rapid mapping of large surfaces, such as electronic component boards.

The compact, benchtop unit from AMETEK’s SPECTRO Analytical Instruments business is
ideal for RoHS compliance screening of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and quantitative
analysis of “hot spots.” The MIDEX XRF analyzer features a roomy sample chamber and a
motor-driven xyz-table that allows it to map sample surfaces up to double EK format (233x160 mm) as well as spot sizes as small as 1mm.

“We source our components globally, and our customers require that those components meet material and compliance specifications,” comments Steve Meier, Quality Assurance Manager for the Rock Creek facility. “The MIDEX analyzer has one of the fastest XRF mapping systems available. It provides us with the ability to check material composition and RoHs compliance for the parts and materials used to manufacture our products.”

AMETEK DFS also acquired a Nikon Altera 10.7.6 Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) that incorporates the latest CMM technology and is able to perform dimensional, positional and surface measurement within a single system.

The Altera features a ceramic bridge and spindle that provides a thermally stable, ultra-stiff frame and unique air bearings that enhance the rigidity of the frame. Its friction-driven axes provide smooth, hysteresis-free operation. “The Nikon Alteria CMM uses intuitive software that makes light work of complex inspection tasks. It offers us the ability to completely check components and finished assemblies and to
create documentation histories for parts and materials,” adds Meier. “We expect it to increase productivity and to reduce inspection times and scrap, while improving product conformance and reliability.”

The unit’s proprietary CMM Manager features a full-color 3D graphic interface and a true clickand-measure capability. Its CAD-based graphic programming allows inspection programs to be developed quickly directly from CAD models.

The Rock Creek plant of AMETEK DFS manufacturers the full line of Windjammer® and
Nautilair® variable speed brushless blowers and Rotron® transportation blowers, motors,
pumps and fans.

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