Monday, September 28, 2009

Reverse Engineering a Product

By Dayna Fields

Contract inspection and reverse engineering go hand-in-hand when it comes to the field of science. The large amount of work that you can achieve in a very small amount of time is incredible, especially considering how long it would have taken just a decade ago.

One may take a part a computer chip and, using the same ideas from the original, rebuild it with different part than the original had. This process to reverse engineer something means that a scientist (or whoever) would dismantle a product with the intention of understanding how it was built in the first place.

Although the parts should all be different, the two pieces should essentially accomplish the same thing. The military uses this method often and they started as late back as the Second World War.

After a piece of equipment is finished being engineered, it must be inspected.Although the parts should all be different from the original model, the two products should essentially accomplish the same purpose.

After a piece of equipment is finished being engineered, it must be inspected. Whereas we once had to rely on human hands and eyes, we can now use a machine to inspect the finished creation for us. A laser rolls over the finished product and transfers the data to a computer. That data is much more sufficient and complete than any human can offer because their senses are simply limited.

After the data is transferred to the computer, scientists can see exactly where there might be a problem or if all the parts of the machine, even the smallest parts in the hardest to see places, were installed correctly. If so, then the product can be sent off to the field for use or to the manufacturing plant for mass production.

Bottom line, the thoroughness of the laser machine is far superior to what any human eye could offer. In a matter of minute, the computer can tell you exactly what and where there is a problem in the manufacturing of the device.

In many cases, ensuring that all the parts of an object were created and secured correctly is a matter of safety. For example, astronauts in the Space Station use this type of inspection as opposed to human inspection because it is important for them to be 100% positive that everything is installed correctly. And there is no better way of making sure of this than using a machine.

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