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Radiology in Flowers

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Flowers and plants are undeniably beautiful to the naked eye, and this week we put flowers and plants to the test and looked what was inside of them with our TruView™ Prime system. Plants and flowers  are very low in density versus an object such as a cellphone which makes the processing of its image a little more different. Last month we looked into a SIM card and iPhone X and we saw their elaborate and complex design, and flowers are no different. Plants require less voltage and current (lower power from the x-ray tube) because of their low density, and thus we can see right through them. The first images of a rose we see are of its overlapped petals, stigmas, and peduncle. The second image, the plant had more density and thus we can see more of its leaves. Thanks to our TruView™ Prime we detected the inside these beautiful designs.





Remember the Shoe-Fitting Machine?

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We are looking at the early days of X-ray manufacturing, and we are going back to the 1920’s! We have two lovely antique x-ray machines here at our Creative Electron museum and we are excited to talk about them. Imagine trying on a fresh pair of your favorite shoes then sticking your foot into a machine to check the fitting and precision. Forget that! Imagine seeing your bones in an x-ray machine for the very first time! This fluoroscope changed the game for shoe stores, everyone wanted to get a good look at the fascinating view of the inside of their feet.


In 1920 Dr. Jacob Lowe demonstrated the medical device in a shoe retail convention, making this machine a must have gimmick for shoe stores. The machine consisted of a wooden structure with an x-ray tube at the bottom of a fluorescent screen (that converts x-ray photons into visible light) that showed the x-ray image. Because the machine was mostly made of wood, there was very little protection against radiation exposure. Reports show that salesmen were most affected by the radiation exposure. This led to the banning of the shoe-fitting machine during the late 1950’s. Pennsylvania was the first U.S. state to ban the machine in 1957, but by the 1970’s all machines were banned from the U.S.


As the beloved scientist Albert Einstein said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Although the shoe-fitting machine had a semi-short life and was given the “boot” fairly quickly, it spread to the masses the idea of inspection without taking anything apart. This incredible idea discovered by Roentgen  in 1895 created the path to today’s medical and technological x-ray use. We owe it to this machine’s invention, as it helped in the creation of the safety measures and limits to the radiation exposures we receive today to prevent us from harm.


Creative Electron on the Latest TruView Technologies

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Munich, Germany –  Dr. Bill Cardoso, president of Creative Electron, speaks with Scoop’s Philip Stoten, about Creative Electron’s X-ray technology and the four key metrics that the company uses to differentiate itself from the competition. These include frequent referrals, high customer satisfaction, repeat business, and the fact that all the parts for the company’s systems are procured from within 600 miles of its headquarters in San Marcos, California.

Dr. Cardoso goes on to discuss Creative Electron’s latest TruView Parts Counter, which has sophisticated algorithms that allow it to count all the components on an entire reel at the push of a button with a high degree of accuracy. The system is battery-powered and portable, allowing it to be moved easily around the floor of a facility. It can also be integrated easily with factory ERP systems for tighter inventory control and a reduction of line stoppage.

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Talking about Counterfeit Components at Productronica

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It’s hard to quantify the cost of counterfeiting to the electronics manufacturing industry. Having started by simply replacing the printed identification on low cost devices with that of much higher cost item, the counterfeiters have steadily become more sophisticated in the way they capitalize on the complexities and the supply chain.

We wanted to track down some expert thoughts on the topic so we went to Productronica, one of the largest electronic manufacturing events in the world. Plenty of people were working on the biggest issues plaguing manufacturers around the world. Held earlier this month, in Munich, Germany, the show attracted more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 55,000 visitors.

Philip Stoten assembled a well-informed panel to discuss this crucial topic, who work in all areas of the debate. Keith Bryant, global director of electronic sales at Yxlon, a well-known expert on x-ray technology, was joined on the panel by Michael Ford, European marketing director of Aegis Software, a regular columnist on all things ‘Industry 4.0’ and a regular panelist on many software and supply chain related topics. The third panelist to join us was Dr. Bill Cardoso, chief executive officer of Creative Electron, an expert in the field who is also part of the organizing committee of one of the industry’s events that focuses on this topic.

The problem of counterfeiting is complicated and widespread. An example mentioned in this debate is the replacement of military grade devices, that need to have undergone more rigorous testing, with commercial devices that, whilst identical to look at, do not meet the same standards. Let’s not forget that this is not merely a financial challenge, it is also one of safety, particularly in mission critical equipment or where power devices can cause a shock or fire hazard.

Solutions come from three avenues. One tool for combatting the counterfeiters is inspection using x-ray equipment or something similar. Another is to have a rigorous, traceable, and transparent supply chains that exposes any counterfeit source. And the third is, of course, prosecution, including imprisonment. This combination of detection and deterrent are at the core of any strategy to ensure the components that reach the line are as intended and conform to the specification required.

Click on the video below to hear these experts outline the some of what’s going on for electronics OEMs in terms of addressing counterfeiting issues.

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iPhone X Tear down

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In Australia, with iFixit tearing down the brand new iPhone X. We bought the phone, hopped in a car, and raced across town to Circuitwise, an electronics manufacturer in suburban Sydney.

From there, Jason Koebler tossed it into an x-ray machine made by Creative Electron to see what’s in the guts of the thing. As it turns out, there’s a hell of a lot of battery; everything else has shrunk significantly. The tear down is really just getting underway, so expect more details later, but first impressions: This iPhone really is quite a departure from old models.

“The question is how Apple crammed in a Face ID system, kept the form factor, and somehow got more battery life,” Kyle Wiens, the CEO of iFixit, told us as we tore it down. “The answer is billions and billions of dollars.”

What this R&D got Apple is a Logic Board that is impossibly small, and appears to be stacked into multiple layers. That means everything needed to run the iPhone is much, much smaller: “It’s a big deal from a semiconductor perspective, because it’s challenging to make these things smaller.”

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