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September 13, 2010
Resonant Inspection Simplified with NDT Drop Test Fixture

September 13, 2010, Cincinnati, OH — THE MODAL SHOP, INC. introduces a new system in their market leading line of nondestructive testing solutions this week at the IMTS exposition in Chicago.  During the show, The Modal Shop’s innovative Nondestructive Testing Drop Test Fixture (NDT-DTF) will demonstrate resonant inspection quality testing on thousands of tiny compressed gas cartridges.  Each individual cartridge will be automatically checked to verify an acceptable fill level has been reached during production.  Visitors to the exhibit will see the NDT-DTF and bowl feeder automate the testing process from start to finish, making 100% quality inspection fast, simple, and reliable.

With typical testing speeds of approximately three seconds per part, the NDT-DTF creates a quick and efficient inspection process.  The system assesses quality by checking the acoustic frequency of each part tested.  Acceptable frequency limits are set prior to inspection to establish pass/fail criteria, making testing completely objective.  The bowl feeder uses vibratory force to organize and align metal component parts before dropping them on the impact point of the DTF.  Post impact, parts are automatically sorted into pass/fail containment bins via a stepper motor.  The automated DTF can provide 100% quality inspection for a production lot of 1,200 parts per hour. 

Rugged design and construction make the NDT-DTF a reliable and versatile quality inspection system.  It can be integrated into the production process to create an online solution, perfect for the plant floor.  The DTF and bowl feeder are ideal for manufacturers of powder injection molding (PIM), metal injection molded (MIM), and stamped components.  The broader range of TMS NDT–RAM systems offer a complete quality inspection solution for companies producing parts through processes such as powdered metal, casting, and forging.  All TMS NDT systems are proven inspection solutions for companies who use safety-critical parts, have substantial inspection and scrap costs, or simply want to improve their part quality.

For specification sheets, application data, competitive product upgrades, pricing or to schedule a parts test evaluation, rental or demonstration, please contact THE MODAL SHOP, INC., 3149 E. Kemper Road Cincinnati, OH 45241-1516, USA, Internet:, 513-351-9919, Fax 513-458-2172 or e-mail: