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Ammunition Inspection

Mectron’s High Speed Ammunition Inspection Systems are designed to meet or exceed military specifications. Mectron inspection systems provide inspection of bullets, cartridges, penetrators, primers, and complete bullet assemblies.

Mectron Inspection Systems has become an integral part of providing manufactures the means by which they can consistently supply and satisfy their customers with 100% inspected and certified parts.

Mectron provides high speed inspection equipment utilizing multiple methods designed for the most critical details of any ammunition application. The ‟Qualifier” uses Mectron’s patented lasers for high speed gauging and inspection for an unlimited variety of ammunition in a wide range of materials. Utilizing MECTRON’s patented laser array, the ‟Qualifier” provides 360° inspection of each piece, displays its dimensions on the computer touch screen, and automatically inspects the part features and measurements.

In addition to laser technology, Mectron utilizes MI9000 Magnetic Imagery™, an advanced eddy current technique which provides the most complete on-the-fly metallurgical inspection available on the market today. The instrument develops a magnetic image of each part as it passes through the ‟Qualifier” to create each part’s unique signature. This full signature provides the opportunity to detect the most critical metallurgical defects such as cracks, material mixes, conductive plating, and hardness by a visual deviation in the magnetic image displayed. Acceptable limits can be quickly defined using the touch screen programming capabilities.

The addition of vision inspection in either single or multiple CCD camera configurations provides customers with capabilities to check for case splits, deformations and corrosion, as well as primer inspection. The combination of Mectron’s 360° laser array, Magnetic Imagery™ eddy current and vision technologies provides the end user with the most advanced inspection machine available in the market today at speeds up to 500ppm.

Common Features of Inspection

  • Bullets
  • Cartridges
  • Penetrators
  • Primer
  • Complete Assemblies

Typical Inspection Criteria

  • Dimensional defects
  • Splits
  • Dents
  • Perforations
  • Missing, Cocked, and Inverted primers
  • Mouth or Taper folds
  • Defective heads
  • Miss-shaped points
  • Defective Cannelure
  • Buldges
  • Buckles
  • Corroded
  • Scaly Metal
  • Correct Material
  • Plating control
  • Proper heat treatment

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