Faster inspection of welds of complex and oversized parts – Metrology and Quality News


The new WeldSight Remote Connect application for the OmniScan X3 phased array flaw detector streamlines the weld inspection workflow by allowing users to perform each step through WeldSight software on a PC or laptop. Combined with Olympus scanners and probes, this phased array control (PAUT) solution minimizes manufacturing delays caused by inefficient non-destructive testing (NDT) methods.

Improved productivity for large weld inspections

Manufacturers of oversized metal parts, from pressure vessels to wind turbine blades, must validate new-build welds to strict international standards. Inspection bottlenecks can slow production, with delays that can reach months.

With the WeldSight Remote Connect app downloaded to an OmniScan X3 fault detector, the user can control the unit using the WeldSight software on a connected computer. With this remote control capability, the defect detector and software combine to become an efficient, high performance and cost effective portable inspection solution. It offers manufacturers the ability to create custom equipment configurations optimized for new weld inspections in oversized parts as well as complex configurations using multiple groups and probes, scanners and monitors to maximize flaw detection coverage and visualization. .

Faster workflow from setup to analysis

Time is saved from acquisition to analysis as OmniScan X3 data is instantly transferred to the WeldSight computer. WeldSight software is equipped with specialized weld analysis tools and customizable data displays to optimize indication validation.

To aid in defect characterization and orientation, especially for large part welds with complex geometries, WeldSight software provides a complete picture of the weld, allowing inspectors to merge separate scan files and view the detailed indication on all sides. For additional scan plan flexibility, WeldSight software also offers a built-in ES BeamTool option, incorporating parameters for manufacturing codes and a wide range of weld and part characteristics.

Inspection that keeps pace with production

The WeldSight Remote Connect app paves the way for high productivity out-of-the-box weld inspection solutions for manufacturers, leveraging the powerful PA, UT and TOFD data acquisition of the OmniScan X3 flaw detector and advanced functionality and the customizable user interface of WeldSight Software. The solution enables manufacturers to comply with international standards governing remanufactured welds while keeping pace with production.

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