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Pantographs and Magnetic Particles Testing

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Written by Administrator
Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:03

Although this story occurred some … yes, in fact, already, about 23 years ago, it may happen again, in other areas ... or for the same application.

The problem: some high-speed trains had the odd “habit” to pull the catenaries from their overhead position, leading to disturbance of train traffic ... fortunately, without any injury to anyone.

The inquiry showed that, in fact, the problem did not lie with the catenaries, but with the pantographs, which broke open at high speed, with the consequences of destroying some equipment. You may imagine that passengers, as well as the railway company, were not that happy with such a situation.
The manufacturer of the pantographs called one of us for help.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 September 2013 09:15 )

The snakes in a magnetic ink

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Written by Administrator
Saturday, 10 November 2012 12:55

Snakes? In an oil-based magnetic ink?

Yes, that’s possible!

You don’t believe it?

Let us set up the situation.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 November 2012 13:14 )

Magnetic Particle Testing: a well-known NDT method?

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Written by Administrator
Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:19

The following story makes us wonder whether the basics of an old method are well understood by equipment designers.

MT has nothing to do with electronics, computers, signal treatment in its basics. Our example dates back to some 20 years, but could yet happen nowadays!

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:40 )

Computers and magnetic testing

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Written by Administrator
Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:22

Once again a story by a veteran!

Imagine our surprise when, some 30 years ago, while personal computers (PC) were still in their infancy, one of us got a phone call from a computer manufacturer: a full load of then very expensive PCs had fallen on the ground from a fork-lift truck while running. Nobody was hurt, but the entire load, which would be today valued at 100,000 € (ca 140,000 USD), crashed and had to be thrown away.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:32 )
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