The Problem with Paper-Based Inspections
Most foundries, whether investment casting, sand casting, die casting or permanent mold, perform visual inspections of cast parts throughout the production process. These inspections could take place in Shake-Out, Finishing, FPI, X-Ray, Final or at other Quality Gates. Wherever the inspections happen, paper forms or simplistic in-house made software is often used to record defects and produce reports.
There will always be a lag time between when defects are produced and detected. However, the additional lag time to react associated with manually recording data and keypunching into Excel or a similar program to analyze trends or spot ongoing problems adds to your cost. Non- conforming parts with an expensive price tag can easily build up in your WIP.
A Digital Quality Solution
ATS Inspect software eliminates the paper “tic” sheets associated with the manual recording of data. Inspectors enter defects onto an image or 3D CAD model of your part, noting the location and type of defect together with any related information that can aid repair or analysis. Repairs and rework can then be recorded using the same image or model.
Inspections Where You Need Them
ATS Inspect is extremely versatile and can be used for inspections performed on dies, molds, cores, wax models, investment shells or in other process steps so that you can evaluate the performance of all areas.
It also supports the recording of repairs and rework performed in finishing, weld and blend or other similar process steps. Machining and assembly defects and rework can also be recorded.
ATS Inspect can be used on mobile tablets or fixed stations to fit in with your existing inspection procedures
Entered data is available for analysis in real-time. Supervisory personnel can access over 70 reports that analyse your data by part number, shift, hour, cavity and other factors to help you identify root cause and reduce repetitive defects.
If your parts are aerospace or automotive related and are serialized, ATS Inspect will keep a “digital record” of all inspection data for a given unit, including time and date stamp of inspection, inspector or repair person ID and other critical information often required by customers. Julian dates, cavity numbers, lot numbers and other info can also be recorded.
Aggregated reports instantly identify high defect producing parts and frequently occurring defect types. Defect maps, weld maps and concentration diagrams instantly tell your tooling and processing engineers where your porosity, shrink, flash, shorts and other defects are occurring so that appropriate process improvements can be made.