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April Technical Meeting

Date: 4/9/2012
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Visual Inspection of Casting Surfaces

Dr. Frank Peters, Professor

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Iowa State University


Date: Monday, April 9, 2012

Location: Barrack's Cater Inn,

1224 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, IL

4:30-5:30 Social Hour

5:30-6:00 Dinner / Coffee Talk

6:00-7:00 Technical presentation


April 9 is Sustaining Members Night. There will be no charge for Sustaining Members to come enjoy dinner and listen to the technical talk.


Free Parking is available. The cost of dinner is subsidized and will be $18 at the door ($5 students). RSVP to Catherine Stecklein (Stecklein_Catherine@cat.com or 309.675.1276)


Abstract: Past work has shown that visual inspection of casting surfaces is very prone to large amounts of measurement error. This is due to the subjective nature of the process but there are also other factors that can impede effectiveness including the inspector themselves, the environment, and the job setup. Using an eye tracker, the research team has studied the search patterns of inspectors as they inspect castings. Results show that large areas of the castings are missed. In addition, we are also using some simple screening tools to identify the best inspectors. We are working towards the goal of developing training and retraining procedures to improve the effectiveness of this important quality process.


Speaker: Dr. Frank Peters is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. He teaches courses in manufacturing processes and manufacturing systems. Manufacturing system improvements has been the central theme of his research. Work within metalcasting includes visual inspection, heat treatment optimization, rapid patternmaking, and cleaning room efficiency. Current effort also includes improving manufacturing processes for composite wind blades including automation solutions and geometry variability reduction. Metrology, fixturing and geometric variability of manufacturing processes are other strong interest areas. Dr. Peters received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a Ph.D. minor in Metals Science and Engineering from Penn State.


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