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Inspired by the fantastic area of neurosciences and computational intelligence, Damir Dobric, Regional Director and Microsoft Azure MVP started to research in this area with the help of his great students at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Damir has always been excited by the biological functioning of the neocortex.

AI vNext with .NET: Reverse-Engineering the Neocortex

Damir’s motivation is to discover how the (human) intelligence works and how to put it into the code in a kind of computational intelligence. Get the full article on his investigation on the effect in the brain-biology called “Homeostatic Plasticity Mechanism” here and his Award winning publication on Machine Learning Methods.

The goal was to research and develop the cortical algorithm, which can easily be integrated into industrial solutions far beyond typical AI/ML prototyping and experimenting. The algorithm must work on any platform, on edge, in the cloud, on the web on small devices and even in HoloLens. Like all roads lead to Rome, all these requirements lead to .NET, says Damir.

Almost ten years he is teaching Software Engineering with focus on ML and .NET Core and Cloud Computing at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. Since 2012 Damir is giving two courses at the University, Software Engineering and Distributed Systems. Both courses are offered in English for international students as a part of their master program. So those days Damir designed the Software Engineering course with a focus on Microsoft Solution Framework, starting with Waterfall and Rational Unified Process. Get the full exciting story here!

Two decades of Ultrasonic Material Testing with .NET

The challenge

A software solution for standardizing the evaluation and documentation of test process data in metal industrial testing facilities

Waygate Technologies - formerly GE Inspection Technologies and now part of Baker Hughes, is a non-destructive testing (NDT or NDT) company and has an extensive portfolio of industrial inspection technology - from X-ray and computed tomography (CT), visual inspection (RVI) to Ultrasonic and eddy current technology. To maintain its position as the world market leader in non-destructive testing (NDT), the company continuously invests in innovative technologies.

The core of the inspection process is inspection process data, which Waygate Technologies supplies to large steel rolling mills with locations all over the world. This is a complex process that causes excessive costs in the production facilities of the steel processing industry.

The starting point

In 2003 it was clear that the non-destructive testing company needed a software solution to standardize the evaluation and documentation of test process data in the industrial testing systems for sheet metal parts. Thus, daenet came into play for the first time and developed and successfully used this application-specific software for ultrasonic testing based on .NET 1.1. After a successfully completed test phase, it was clear that .NET might be the technology for decades. Such industrial solution is expensive and cannot be replaced every two or three years as a web page. Industrial solutions have strong specific requirements especially in long loving solutions. The major goal was to choose a technology for a very long application life cycle, that still enable high-speed innovation. It was and still is .NET.

daenet is today still involved in the project responsibility at Waygate for continuous further development.

The result

With the Automation Evaluation Unit (AEU), daenet has developed software for ultrasonic testing of the quality of metal for Waygate Technologies. This is software that ensures full, automatic evaluation of ultrasound data in a matter of seconds and supports the relevant international as well as customer-specific standards. The sheet metal parts are “x-rayed” by the probes.

The corresponding data is accessed via an interface, checked against specified quality standards, visualized for manual correction, digitally documented for later checks and sent automatically or manually to the ordering system.

The customer benefits

1-Early error detection

The solution developed by daenet for Waygate Technologies visualizes the metal sheets in a three-dimensional representation for any faults. The ultrasonic inspection allows plates with material defects (imperfections) to be detected and sorted out immediately. This test software can therefore determine exactly whether the panels are “accepted” or “not accepted” for the specified test class or whether they can still be used.

2-Productivity improvement

This enables the optimal use of the master sheets through the optimal division into daughter sheets and a significant reduction in the number of testing processes. Significant are the savings in material, waste and time while at the same time saving energy costs through the optimal use of the steel sheets produced.

Which Microsoft products are in use?

.NET Framework, Windows Services, Windows Forms, ASP.NET

Customer: Waygate Technologies, a Baker Hughes company Sector: industrial manufacturing technology, IIoTCompany size: 1700 employeesHeadquarters: Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia

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