Automated X-Ray Analysis of Aerospace and Automotive Components

The X6000 is an automated X-ray analysis system from North Star Imaging. It is mainly designed for castings and other heavy and large products.

The system is composed of a programmable C-arm manipulator to allow automated and repeatable inspection sequences. The huge access door and outer indexing rotational stage make loading fast and easy.

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Key Features

System Capabilities

  • X-ray energies from 10 kV - 225 kV
  • Geometric magnification: > 2000x
  • Shielded to 160 kV or 225 kV
  • 48” (121 cm) diameter x 60” (152 cm) all nominal part envelope
  • Ability to scan large components

CT Software

  • Complete acquisition, processing and archival program with easy to use interface
  • High performance image processing and measurement operations
  • Non-proprietary multiple image format input/ output. DICONDE compliant
  • Automated program functions for rapid analysis
  • Multiple window interface for display of raw image, density data, processed image, and others
  • Optional 2D, 3D and 4D computed tomography acquisition module

X-Ray Source

  • X-ray tube types: directional or transmission micro-focus, mini-focus
  • Voltage range: 10 kV - 225 kV
  • Optional microfocus rod anode or center tube design

X-Ray Detector

  • Flat panel detector size: Up to 16 x 16” (40 x 40 cm)
  • Digital X-ray detector types: flat panel (DDA)


  • Maximum sample weight: 400 lbs (181 kg)
  • Scan travel: vertical (Y-axis) = 70” (177 cm), horizontal (X-axis) = 48” (121 cm), lateral (z-axis) = 48” (121 cm), C-arm rotation = +/-120°, source to detector = max 48” (121 cm), stage rotation = 360° continuous
  • Motorized detector travel for variable focal distance modification
  • Part manipulation control:
    • Each axis is separately controlled
    • All drives variable speed joystick controlled
  • Rotational stage indexes outer side of the cabinet for uncomplicated part loading/unloading
  • Options:
    • Lateral detector motion
    • efX-CNC programmable CNC controlled automated scanning with automatic image processing and archiving capabilities
    • Extra X-axis for long component scanning


  • Steel/lead/steel construction
  • External dimensions:
    • 139” wide x 120” deep x 132” tall (353 cm wide, 304 cm deep, 335 cm tall) (varies based on shielding)
  • Touch screen operation
  • Cable access ports with cover, interior lighting, internal camera monitoring system, and safety light curtains provided
  • 52” x 90” (132 cm x 228 cm) powered bi-parting sliding access door, and two 15” x 24” (38 cm x 60 cm) leaded glass viewing windows are present
  • Complies with or exceeds 21 CFR 1020.40 and EN 61010-2-091 2012 standard
  • One ergonomic desk and chair provided

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