FEI (Houston, Texas) is developing, in collaboration with major industrial partners in the aerospace, automotive and consumer goods industries, a software solution for industrial inspection and materials R&D. The flagship product is Avizo Inspect software, which provides a set of tools to address the research-to-production cycle, from materials research in offline labs to automated quality control in production environments. Avizo Inspect includes programmable, automated analysis workflows to perform repeatable inspection scenarios for porosity/inclusion, cracks, defects or fibrous materials analysis. It also provides dimensional metrology with advanced measurements, reporting and traceability, actual/nominal comparison by integrating CAD models, reverse engineering tools for additive manufacturing and a fully automated inline inspection platform. Avizo Inspect allows recipes to be created, customized and tuned to achieve the most accurate measurements depending on part or material properties and the acquisition system. Users can create their own recipes and integrate their own know-how and IP into the Avizo Inspect open framework. Processes can be automated by re-applying recipes to a set of parts or materials. Avizo Inspect includes traceability and reporting features for tracking data workflow from acquisition time to actual quantification results, allowing delivery, sharing and archival of documented results.
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