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Quality

Castings are produced to meet the demands of aerospace standards, various military standards, and customer specifications.

Non-Destructive Testing


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A group of analysis techniques used to evaluate the properties of a casting without causing damage.

Thompson utilizes Radiography (RT) and Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) to ensure the castings produced meet the rigorous demands of our customers.



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Thompson employs certified Level 3 X-Ray technicians and utilizes modern X-ray equipment. This process allows us to penetrate and examine the casting for subsurface discontinuities and to check its soundness. Working with our customers, we develop a sampling plan that may require random or 100% x-ray testing of each casting.

A Siefert Type IV 160/1502 x-Ray machine is utilized with 2 AGFA NDTM film processors.


Dimensional


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Thompson utilizes two Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) to validate casting dimensions.

BROWN & SHARPE CMM, Model: Validator 700

5 Axis, D.C.C Programmable
Capable of accepting parts as large as 44” x 42” x 26’ high.

Table envelope size:
X axis to 44”
Y axis to 42”
Z axis to 26”

PC-DMIS programming software Ver. 3.2
Can import CAD data into PC-DMIS to create part programs.

Can measure parts or scan parts and perform reverse engineering to export into 3D files. Also has SolidWorks CAD program interfaced to PC-DMIS.

ZEISS Manual CMM, Model: Numerex

5 axis, Fully-manual CMM
Capable of accepting parts as large as 24” x 26” x 15” high.

Table envelope size:
X axis to 24”
Y axis to 26”
Z axis to 15”

U-Soft programming software Ver. 9.04 Rev. 8 ECN

Our quality control technicians use state-of-the-art computerized ZEISS- Numerex Coordinate Measuring Machines to perform a complete dimensional inspection of a casting. This measuring machine is capable of providing SPC analytic data.

The GD&T criteria applied by the software conforms to ANSI Y14.5


Tensile Testing


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Our certified technicians can perform tensile testing on a test bar from a foundry run using a modern computerized instrumentation system. The operator can display the load in pounds, kilo pounds, ounces, newtons, grams or kilograms and can show load vs. strain or stress vs. strain. This automated system provides a greater degree of control, accuracy and data acquisition at a faster speed than possible with manually controlled test machines.

 

Spectrographic Analysis


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To meet industry’s increasing demands for product quality assurance and cost effectiveness, Thompson Casting has a high speed, high performance spectrometer system for the chemical analysis of metals.

This system allows a certified technician to perform spectrographic analysis on a test disk. In less than 30 seconds, a complete chemical analysis of up to 64 elements, alloys and traces can be made and the results are immediately displayed and printed for statistical evaluation and production control.

Our Accreditations

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Our Work

Here are some of our previous casts. Click on any image to enlarge.