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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.

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.

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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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.
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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