Inspection technology involves nondestructive testing (NDT) and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of materials. While NDT primarily accomplishes qualitative assessment of materials and typically provides a means to check the quality and arrive at an accept/reject decision for an industrial component, NDE is a more quantitative evaluation of the state of the material with respect to flaws and damage. Both approaches accomplish the tasks without any damage to the component. Inspection technology is an interdisciplinary domain area at the intersection of material science, sensors, electronics, robotics and analytics. This technology consists of three major areas:
Sensor development which couples a certain energy to the material and records the response.
Delivery mechanism to deploy these sensors in an industrial environment.
Data analytics which interpret the sensor data to identify good vs bad or give an assessment of the material state.
At GE Research, we combine expertise, experience and state-of-the-art facilities and bring the synergy between material physics, sensor fusion, robotics and advanced analytics to develop the best in class inspection technologies to create end-to-end solution for inspection needs.