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Zetec Launches ElbowFlex Scanner for Quick, Manual Ultrasonic NDT Pipe Inspection

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Zetec Inc. has introduced a new tool for manual pipe inspection. The Snoqualmie, Washington-based provider of nondestructive testing (NDT) technology unveiled the ElbowFlex scanner on March 9 for quick, manual ultrasonic inspections of pipe elbows in oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, manufacturing and other industrial applications.

ElbowFlex is the perfect tool for measuring wall thickness and detecting flow accelerated corrosion on elbows with diameters ranging from 4 in. NPS (4.5 in. ) to flat. Its 1D flexible linear array probe can adapt to the scanned specimen dimension and stay concentric throughout the inspection, providing all you need to cover the full range of elbow diameters in a single probe. The versatile ElbowFlex is able to scan both the straight and elbow aspects of a pipe.

ElbowFlex uses an Aqualene membrane for coupling in lieu of a water chamber and requires only a thin film of water on the specimen surface. The scanner can also work with standard coupling gel or a mixture of water and gel.

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“Combined with any instrument in Zetec’s TOPAZ family, ElbowFlex can instantly provide the operator with crisp, high-resolution C-Scan images of corrosion and other damage,” said Dominic Giguère, product manager for UT portable solutions for Zetec. “It saves significant inspection time compared to conventional UT and grid systems.”

At 2.5 lbs, ElbowFlex is easy to handle, with simple button operation and magnetic wheels that help the operator keep the scanner in place while following scan lines for complete coverage.

The complete ElbowFlex kit includes the scanner, flexible probe, Aqualene membrane, encoder cable, wear shoes, shims, tools, carrying case and spare components for consumables.

Zetec is a global leader in NDT solutions for the critical inspection needs of industries the world counts on every day, including power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, rail, heavy industry and manufacturing. By integrating design and engineering with our own manufacturing, Zetec delivers solutions that optimize productivity, safety and total cost of ownership.

Zetec is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies Inc., with global engineering and manufacturing centers in Quebec City and at its corporate headquarters in Snoqualmie, Washington. Zetec support spans the globe, with Centers of Excellence in Houston, Paris, Seoul and Shanghai.

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