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Originally Posted: Wed, Mar 25th 2020 at 12:34 PM #1082
Sensor Networks Inc (SNI) introduces a new High-Definition (HDTV) version of its field-hardened, rugged, waterproof and reliable Pan-Tilt-Zoom industrial video inspection camera system. The new HD-PTZx is available in two interchangeable PTZ heads: A 3.5 inch dia. with 10x optical zoom and a 4.3 inch dia. with 30x optical zoom.
 
Features include:
• Variable-speed, 360-degree continuous rotation
• Submersible to 100'
• Integral and optional auxiliary LED lamps
• Corrosion-resistant nickel-plated aluminum with stainless steel
• Full-HD camera with sensitivity control for reflective surfaces
• 30x or 10x optical zoom lens
• Variable-speed 270-degree tilt
 
With cable lengths up to 500 feet, and available with a small CCU or an integral cable reel CCU, HD-PTZx also features 1080P video resolution or ~ 6 times that of conventional CCTV video. Improved image resolution also enables useful digital zooming. The system has bright, long-life LED illumination for crisp, clear, color images for man-less entry and inspection of industrial components such as:
• Aircraft engine assembly and test cells
• Large-diameter pipes, tanks & vessels
• Nuclear reactor vessel, nozzles, and internals
• Nuclear fuel, spent-fuel pools, refueling operations
• Steam generator primary- and secondary-side inspections
• Plastic-, glass-, refractory-lined and stainless-clad vessels
• Catalyst vessels and tray towers

For more information, contact Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Products Limited at sales@ndtproducts.ca and 1-833-202-4504.
Originally Posted: Fri, Jan 17th 2020 at 12:13 PM #1068
MFE Enterprises announces the launch of its new 61 lb. manual and mapping edge scanner today, the MFE Edge. MFE Enterprises applied the superior mapping software and reliable technology of its coveted Mark IV Tank Scanner to the functionality of an edge scanner when designing the MFE Edge.
 
One of the most exciting features of the Edge is its ability to map the critical zone. Mapping an impressive 1/8 inch from the shell wall takes inspectors to unprecedented territory. Operators may utilize the MFE Edge on its own or use it in unison with the Mark IV Tank Scanner. They will have the ability to export their analytical mapping reports from the MFE Edge and import them into the Mark IV Tank Scanner, making the use of both machines a particularly advantageous partnership when mapping defects.
 
MFE Enterprises’ Business Development Manager Bryan Duke says the ability to map the critical zone is an extraordinary advantage for NDT inspectors.
”Mapping the critical zone and getting an 1/8 inch from the shell is a game-changer for our customers. The ability to merge analytical data with the Mark IV will save them so much time, which saves them money. We’re thrilled about this launch and what it will mean for our customers,” Duke says.
 
With other scanners, the time and money constraints of shipping large pieces of equipment to various job sites can be extensive and inconvenient. MFE Enterprises’ answer to this is the Edge’s remarkably light 61 lb. scanner weight. During storage and shipments, the Edge may be separated into two parts: the handle assembly and the magnetic bridge. The two cases distribute the Edge’s already light weight across the two cases, allowing for much easier transport.
 
These features along with the MFE Edge’s 180-degree pivoting handle assembly, Getac Rugged F110 tablet, real-time display, and hot-swappable batteries make the MFE Edge a necessary tool for inspectors.
 
If you want to know more about the MFE Edge or to arrange a demo, please contact Bryan Duke at bduke@mferentals.com.
Originally Posted: Thu, Jan 9th 2020 at 11:50 AM #1064
WALTHAM, Mass., October 30, 2019—OmniScan® instruments are recognized globally as the benchmark for portable phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) thanks to their power, reliability and ease of use. The new OmniScan X3 flaw detector elevates the standard with innovations that improve the entire inspection workflow. Setting up for a job is faster and more efficient while total focusing method (TFM) images collected through full matrix capture (FMC) give users more confidence in their decision making. When an inspection is complete, leading-edge software tools make analysis and reporting easier.
The OmniScan X3 flaw detector combines the essential tools needed for PAUT inspections, such as TOFD, two UT channels, eight groups and 16:64PR, 16:128PR and 32:128PR configurations*, with powerful innovations, including:
  • TFM/FMC with 64-element aperture support
  • Improved phased array imaging, including an innovative live TFM envelope feature
  • Acoustic influence map (AIM) simulator for TFM mode
  • 25 GB file size
  • Up to 1,024 × 1,024-pixel TFM reconstruction and four simultaneous, live TFM propagation modes
  • Simplified user interface with onboard scan plan
  • Wireless connectivity to the Olympus Scientific Cloud (OSC) makes it simple to keep the instrument’s software up to date
The comprehensive onboard scan plan tool enables users to visualize the inspection, helping reduce the risk of errors. The entire scan plan, including the TFM zone, can be created in one simple workflow. Creating a setup is also faster with improved calibration tools and support for simultaneous probe and beam set configuration, onboard dual linear, matrix and dual matrix array creation and automatic wedge verification.
Certified IP65 dust proof and water resistant, the instrument has the reliability and ease of use that OmniScan flaw detectors are known for combined with high-quality images that help make interpreting flaws more obvious. With the total focusing method, users can produce geometrically correct images to confirm the characterization of flaws identified through conventional phased array techniques and obtain better images throughout the volume of a part. Additional features that enable outstanding images include a 16-bit A-scan, interpolation and smoothing and a vivid 10.6-inch WXGA display that provides clarity and visibility in any light.
The OmniScan X3 flaw detector makes analysis and reporting faster, both onboard the instrument and on a PC. The instrument also comes with a variety of helpful data interpretation tools:
  • Circumferential outside diameter (COD) TFM image reconstruction to facilitate interpretation and sizing of long seam weld indications
  • Merged B-scan to facilitate the screening of phased array weld indications while keeping the workflow simple
Whether inspecting pipes, welds, pressure vessels or composites, the OmniScan X3 flaw detector enables users to complete their work efficiently and interpret flaws with confidence.
 
For more information about OmniScan flaw detectors, visit: www.olympus-ims.com.
 
*The 16:64PR configuration limits the number of groups to 1 TOFD, 2 PA and 2 TFM.
 
About Olympus
Olympus is a global technology leader, crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies; life sciences; industrial solutions; and cameras and audio products. Throughout our nearly 100-year history, Olympus has focused on being true to society and making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. 
 
Our Industrial Solutions Business is committed to the safety and betterment of society through the pioneering, development and manufacture of world-leading test and measurement solutions. These solutions are used in industrial and research applications ranging from aerospace, power generation, petrochemical, civil infrastructure, automotive and consumer products. For more information, visit https://www.olympus-ims.com.
 
Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.
 
Originally Posted: Fri, Dec 6th 2019 at 7:44 AM #1065
Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science in Canada is excited to announce the launch of OE750 – a ground-breaking new optical emission spectrometer for verifying incoming materials specifications in metal processing facilities. Complex supply chains, zero-fault quality strategies and more demanding regulations and standards mean metals processing businesses are under increasing pressure to check their incoming materials beyond grade information and verify tramp and trace elements content before allowing them into production. To meet these new high-demand QAQC requirements, the new OE750 optical emission spectrometer offers a level of analytical performance never previously seen in an analyser in this class. It covers the entire spectrum of elements in metal and has some of the lowest detection limits possible. The result is an analyser that has the capability of much more expensive instruments, bringing high quality analysis within reach for the first time for many metals working businesses.

Revolutionary new optical concepts, with four patents pending, using superior CMOS detector technology is behind the high level of optical resolution and large dynamic range of the OE750. As a result, this new analyser has a very wide wavelength range, meaning it can measure the entire range of elements within metals at low ppm levels. This is essential for meeting today’s tight metals specifications and the analyser can meet the requirements of relevant standards and specifications such as for example the ASTM E415 test method for carbon and low-alloy steel and ASTM E1086 the Standard Test Method for the analysis of Stainless Steel by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry.

One advantage of the OE750’s new optics design is the fast start-up time. The instrument is ready for use in less than an hour, thanks to the low volume occupied by the optics. This aids high throughput production, where facilities need to check 100% of the material supplied.
In addition to the new optics design, the OE750 has other technical features that support high volume metals analysis. It has a new sealed spark stand with optimised laminar flow; this reduces argon consumption, reduces the likelihood of contamination and drastically reduces maintenance requirements. A unique mid-pressure system with low-pressure argon purge cuts down the pump usage. This reduces the power consumption of the pump by 90% and enables an oil-free design to be used, increasing reliability and instrument uptime. This makes the OE750 highly reliable with low operating costs.

In addition to innovative hardware technology, the new OE750 includes software that enhances its performance. For example, it includes the Hitachi GRADE Database that includes more than 12 million records for over 339,000 materials from 69 countries and standards, reducing time and potential errors from manually consulting grade catalogues. As an option it comes with a SPC/LIMS package enabling an easy an effective monitoring of processes involved with the instrument and the processes to be controlled with it. This is an ideal tool to meet demands from standards such as IATF 16949.

Wilhelm Sanders, Hitachi OES Product Business Development Manager said: “In the past, metal processing businesses had to choose between high performance analysis and instrumentation that was in their price range. Thanks to the new OE750 they no longer have to make that compromise. The OE750 offers comprehensive metals analysis in one accessible package.”
For more information, contact Non-Destructive Testing (NDT ) Products Limited, the channel partner for Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science in Canada, at 1-833-202-4504/sales@ndtproducts.ca.
Originally Posted: Thu, Aug 15th 2019 at 10:00 AM #1057
GE Digital (NYSE: GE) announced the general availability of enhanced Compliance Management features in its Asset Performance Management (APM) Integrity software for the oil and gas, chemical and power industries. Developed in collaboration with one of the largest U.S. petroleum refiners, Compliance Management is a major development of GE Digital’s inspection data management capability, an integrated component of the APM Integrity solution.

Inspection planning and auditability continue to be a challenge for the industry. Although planning inspections for thousands of pieces of process equipment is highly complex, mechanical integrity inspections and non-destructive testing are typically planned and tracked manually. To address the risk of missed inspections on regulated equipment, Compliance Management highlights where an organization may have deficiencies and then streamlines and automates the inspection planning process. This also drastically speeds time to value for new organizations implementing the solution.

"With this new functionality, GE Digital has targeted one of the most basic aspects of a mechanical integrity program: the inspection planning process. It’s difficult for planners to manage thousands of pieces of equipment and ensure there aren’t gaps in the program that could result in regulatory fines or, worst case, a loss of containment event," said Vipin Nair, APM Integrity product leader at GE Digital. "By automating manual inspection planning processes, Compliance Management gives mechanical integrity planners a new tool to reduce the risk of missed inspections thus reducing regulatory risk, increasing team efficiency and improving safety."

APM Integrity | GE Digital | Asset Performance Management Software
Leveraging GE Digital’s strong integration capabilities to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems, APM Integrity’s Compliance Management uses data from an EAM to automatically generate an inspection plan based on the regulatory code that applies to the equipment. This streamlines the inspection planning process, allowing planners to take more of a review-and-approve role as opposed to a manual, planning-and-scheduling process. If a regulated piece of equipment does not have an inspection plan in place, users are automatically notified – providing a layer of protection that ensures inspections are not missed, which could result in a fine from regulators in the event of an audit.

Compliance Management is now generally available on premises or in the cloud as part of APM Integrity, part of the broader GE Digital Predix APM suite. Additional product details, user scenarios and demonstrations of APM Integrity will be presented at GE Digital’s upcoming User Conference on September 24 in Austin, Texas.
Originally Posted: Thu, Aug 15th 2019 at 9:25 AM #1056

Zetec Inc. today introduced the NDT Sweeper™ Scanner, a highly versatile manual 2D encoded scanner for ultrasonic inspections in oil and gas, aerospace, and other applications.

NDT Sweeper has two integrated encoders for precise 2D scanning. It can support up to two phased array probes at the same time for pitch-catch ultrasonic inspections, and the individual probe suspension can be fixed axially or laterally to meet specific needs. Easy to deploy and able to encode in raster scan across long distances, NDT Sweeper excels in providing C-Scan mapping of large components.

NDT Sweeper features non-marring wheels with integrated magnets that make it effective and safe to use on many types of materials, including composites and steel. The wheels are optimized for easy movement in the scan and index direction.

With a compact, lightweight, and ergonomic design, NDT Sweeper can cover hard-to-reach areas. It’s perfectly suited to ultrasonic inspections ranging from long-seam welds to corrosion mapping and other demanding NDT applications.

“Thanks to its innovative design, NDT Sweeper can replace multiple specialized scanners, lowering costs and reducing the amount of equipment needed to carry out a variety of different inspections,” said Dominic Giguère, Portable UT Product Manager for Zetec. “Deployed with a TOPAZ® portable ultrasonic instrument and UltraVision® software, it’s a complete, cost-effective solution that gives the inspector full confidence that the entire area under test has been sufficiently covered.”

For more information about the NDT Sweeper Scanner and other Zetec products, contact your local Zetec representative, or visit www.zetec.com.

Originally Posted: Wed, Jul 31st 2019 at 8:02 AM #1055
Steel Thickness Gage STG
The STG is designed to accurately measure metal structures subject to corrosion. It offers a wide measurement range, two-point calibration and multiple languages.
Salient Features
•    Thickness Range: 0.020"-20" (0.5mm-508mm)
•    2-Point Calibration
•    Multiple Languages Support
•    IP54 Rated Case

 
Corrosion Thickness Gage (CTG-DL+)
This is designed to accurately measure metal structures subject to corrosion. It offer a huge (100,00 Readings) data logger, Non Encoded B-Scan as standard features. It is equipped with COLOR A-Scan and the user can select rectification mode of his choice.
Salient Features
•    Echo to Echo mode to ignore the paint or coating thickness
•    Q-Bar to confirm measurement stability
•    Ideal for high temperature thickness gaging applications
•    Vibration and COLOR change of A-Scan on alarm

 
Precision Thickness Gage (PTG-DL+)
This is ideal for measuring wall thickness for manufactured parts requiring unprecedented accuracy and resolution. It utilizes single element transducers and offers a 30 MHz, square wave pulser, 0.0001” or 1 micron resolution with the ability to store and re-call 30 unique applications.
Salient Features
•    Live COLOR A-Scan
•    Multiple modes for challenging applications
•    Vibration and COLOR change of A-Scan on alarm

 
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Originally Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 2:04 PM #1052
Berg Engineering & Sales, Company Inc., specializing in nondestructive and material testing equipment since 1969, has launched sales of the latest innovative digital UCI hardness tester, the SonoDur3. The SonoDur3 by NewSonic represents the cutting edge of portable hardness testing technology. The SonoDur 3 uses Ultrasonic Contact Impedance Technology to deliver instant and reliable hardness results on difficult to reach surfaces. It is a 3rd generation tool that is built on the successes of previous models and is backward compatible with all previous SonoDur generation stands and probes.
 
The SonoDur 3 works with a suite of over 18 different probes with test forces ranging from 1N to 98N, making it the most universal UCI hardness testing solution available. Along with the latest OS system, it allows for simple downloads and statistical data management. SonoDur 3 is a natural replacement for the now discontinued MIC 10 and MIC 20 UCI hardness testers. The new system makes the transition seamless with an intuitive interface and touchscreen as well as with the latest available technologies in storage and wireless data transfer.
According to Stephen Berg, CEO of Berg Engineering, "Simply put, with the launch of the SonoDur 3, NewSonic took the best, reliable UCI hardness testers in the MIC 10 and MIC 20 and made them better."
 
Using rapid hardness measurements via a 136° Vickers diamond, the SonoDur 3 will help you assess whether or not your parts meet your hardness quality assurance standards.
 
About Berg Engineering
Berg Engineering & Sales Company, Inc., a privately-held company based in Rolling Meadows, IL, provides sales and service to the nondestructive testing, material testing and electrical testing equipment industries. Berg Engineering’s products facilitate inspections to improve cost, productivity and the quality of their customers' products. Brands distributed and serviced by Berg Engineering include Buehler, Magnaflux, Wilson, NewSonic, Synergys, CorDEX, Zetec and many more. The company has been in business for over 50 years.
Originally Posted: Wed, Jul 24th 2019 at 2:00 PM #1051
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has conducted a running test of the prototype EX ROVR, a plant inspection robot with explosion protection features to limit the danger of the robot itself igniting an explosion or fire from electric sparks or heat, even in areas with flammable gas. The test was conducted jointly with JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation at its Mizushima Refinery in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture.
During the test, the EX ROVR moved autonomously through several floors of the narrow plant building including navigating stairs, collected data from its various sensors, and managed continuous automated operation including charging at a docking station. The robot is still in development, but the test confirmed that it meets the requirements for basic functionality to conduct routine patrol inspections at JXTG Energy's plant, and handle emergency situations. MHI and JXTG Energy will thoroughly analyze the test results to further resolve issues, and make improvements.
 
MHI is developing the explosion-proof plant inspection robot based on its success with robotics technologies in such areas as support for nuclear plant accident containment. The EX ROVR has an explosion-proof design that complies with Japan's explosion-proof guidelines, as well as the ATEX and IECEx (Note1) explosion protection standards widely adopted in Europe and around the world, allowing it to be used safety in areas with an explosive gas atmosphere (Zone 1). MHI will conduct further tests and demonstrations in a range of plant environments in order to improve the check density and enhance safety, with the aim of commercialization.
 
MHI, by offering new solutions using explosion-proof robot technologies, will move forward with development to allow for greater plant safety and productivity.
 
* IECEx is an international system for certification of equipment for use in explosive atmospheres. The quality assessment provisions are based on standards created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ATEX Directive, based on IECEx, stipulates the health and safety requirements, and conformity assessment procedures, that must be met in order to bring to the EU market equipment for use in explosive atmospheres, and protective systems. Both follow the same standards, so there is fundamentally no difference in terms of technical details.

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