First 6-in and 8-in crack-detection tools for pipelines
Nov 04, 2005
NDT Systems & Services AG, Stutensee, Germany has introduced a further addition to its highly-successful range of LineExplorer in-line inspection tools. The tools, incorporating a new generation of electronics, make use of the company’s proven modular design, and are available in crack-, as well as metal-loss, inspection configurations.
The new tools are now available, and will be used commercially in both configurations during the third and fourth quarters, 2005.
NDT Systems & Services AG is one of the leading providers of high-resolution in-line inspection tools. The company’s product portfolio includes a full range of metal-loss and crack-inspection tools based on ultrasound technology.
Ultrasonic in-line inspection tools provide unparalleled accuracy and sensitivity. The design of the tools ensures that the full circumference of the pipe wall is inspected, and the wall thickness of a pipeline can be measured accurately. Internal, external, and mid-wall flaws and defects can be detected and sized quantitatively. NDT Systems & Services' LineExplorer is currently available in three different configurations:
- wall-thickness configuration: used for metal-loss inspections, especially internal and external corrosion inspection. The tool can also detect and size mid-wall flaws such as laminations, and is available in sizes from 6 to 56in.
- crack-detection configuration: the tool is used for crack detection and sizing in pipelines, detecting problems such as fatigue cracks, stress-corrosion cracking, etc.. A special crack configuration is available for the detection of circumferential cracks and crack-like flaws (such as girth weld inspection). It is available in sizes from 6 to 56in.
- combined tool: allows crack- and metal-loss inspection in a single run. The first operational size is 40in. The configuration is available in sizes 20 to 56in.
NDT Systems & Services AG is a globally-operating company with its major focus on developing and providing advanced non-destructive-testing and inspection systems and services for ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The company can draw on the extensive experience, technical know-how, and creativity of its workforce to provide automated inspection systems and special inspection services. The three business units of the company - NDT Services, NDT Systems and NDT Engineering - serve the oil and gas-, steel-, railroad-, and automobile industries with their range of products, services and applied engineering resources.
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