Weld inspection goes digital
USM Vision - a total ultrasonic solution to increase productivity in new process pipework
USM Vision offers a complete digital inspection workflow, from the inspection plan creation to the data sharing that can be done wirelessly.
USM Vision has been developed to meet the market need to transition from radiographic to ultrasonic weld inspection according to the international codes and standards through:
- Optimizing the use of specialized inspection personnel
- Increasing productivity i.e. lean manufacturing/construction
- Reducing the current weld inspection radiographic constraints:
radiation, consumables and chemical waste management
- Simplifying the ultrasonic weld inspection process
Lean improvements in manufacturing processes are achieved as weld inspection is done on the spot, with no need to move parts to be inspected to dedicated areas and the flexibility to inspect at times to suit workforce availability.
Other tasks, such as welding and repair, can be carried out in the immediate vicinity of ultrasonic USM Vision weld inspections, unlike radiographic weld inspections, which require the immediate inspection area to be shielded.
Qualified inspection personnel are deployed to
USM Vision brings a unique task-sharing capability to weld inspection. This allows non-ultrasonic specialists to create ultrasonic inspection workflows and to perform weld inspection, simply by following menu-directed instructions. Qualified ultrasonic inspectors are required only to assess original inspection plans and inspection results.
Rhythm Software Platform
The inspection data generated by the USM Vision weld inspection solution is acquired, reviewed, shared and archived by the Rhythm software platform.
Digital Radiography images and UT TOFD data analyzed on
USM vision 1.2 comes now with a new set of productivity improvement on Rhythm, reducing the number of clicks to perform tasks when analyzing set of images. Rhythm features now as well functionalities to merge different acquisitions to one set of images, simplifying the scan understanding and reporting.
Allows qualified inspectors to make optimum use of their
Higher productivity even with restricted access
Pipes to elbows, pipe to fitting and pipe to
Real-time volume corrected images
Inspection Plan Creation and Validation
Creating a Weld Inspection Plan
No ultrasonic knowledge is required to create and populate a weld inspection plan. All that is required is to describe the inspection task, and enter the basic information such as site location, number of welds, pipe diameter, thickness and material, weld preparation, procedure and method to be used. The software will then calculate and generate all the UT setups required to perform TOFD and/or Phased Array inspection of the specified welds.These set-ups include:
Validating a Weld Inspection Plan
A technician qualified in ultrasonic testing must
Calibration and Data Acquisition
As the data acquisition is 100% guided, this task doesn’t require a highly skilled operator. The technician merely selects a weld inspection plan, and is then guided through a step-by-step process from the probe and wedge validation, UT calibration (PCS and sensitivity calibration for TOFD, element and wedge check, DAC / TCG curve recording for PA), scanner settings and calibration and is then guided.
Acquiring the Weld Inspection Data
The inspection data, for each weld, is simply
For Phased Array, the system can inspect the
Data Analysis and Reporting
Analyzing the Weld Inspection Data
All weld inspection data is communicated to an analysis station using the Rhythm software platform. Here the suitably qualified ultrasonic inspector can review and analyze the weld inspection data, using advanced analysis tools such as real time, volume-corrected imaging, as well as conventional digital tools features for image analysis, enhancement and measurement. In addition, a variety of measurement and viewing tools is contained within the analysis software.
Expert interpretation of weld inspection results can be
In addition to the report, data files can be
Archive and Share Data
Archiving the Weld Inspection Data
The weld inspection data are saved in the Rhythm Archive software, allowing to save the raw data with necessary tags. Input and retrieval of information is quick and easy. This accepts data from any number of LAN-connected, remote Rhythm Review workstations and stores them using various compression techniques to save storage space without sacrificing data quality.
Sharing the Weld Inspection Data
All weld inspection data can be shared with other
USM Vision - A Total Weld Inspection Solution
The USM Vision has been developed to simplify and to democratize the ultrasonic inspection according to the international welding codes and standards through:
USM Vision is especially dedicated to:
The USM Vision is supplied as a complete weld inspection solution, consisting of:
- IPC software for creation of the inspection plan and automatic generation of the UT set-ups. Integrate a database with procedures based on international codes and standards and ray tracing functionality for the validation of the UT parameters.
- The USM Vision hand-held flaw detector, featuring:
- Conventional channel, TOFD, 16/64 or 16/128 Phased Array, Real Time Volume Corrected Images, A-scan saving
- Unique user interface to operate a pointing device by two trackballs
- Ease of use for untrained operators
- 26,5 cm (10.4”) color touch screen with 1024 x 768 resolution
- Weighs only 4 kg (8.8 lb)
- Hot swap battery exchange for continuous operation
- Robust, rubber housing, IP 54
- Dimensions: Length top: 367 mm (144.4”) Length bottom: 310 mm (122”) Width: 250 mm (98.4”) Heigth: varying from 60 to 100 mm (23.6” to 39.3”)
- Modern PC interfaces including USB, Ethernet, wireless connection (WiFi)
- IPC and analysis software can be operated from the USM Vision
- Transport case
- An encoder-scanner, designed for TOFD and Phased Array manual acquisition including:
- Manual handle cart with magnetic wheels
- Optional chain for the inspection of pipes
- Arm with probe and center line pointer holders, forks for TOFD and PA wedges
- Transport case
- Set of probes and wedges relating to the specified pipe ranges and inspection codes
- Rhythm Review 4.2 software for the analysis and reporting – Windows 7
- Optional Rhythm modules for archiving, sharing and advance reporting functionalities