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New Approach for X-ray Weld Inspection of Pipeline Segments

X-ray inspection of pipelines

"Because pipelines are safety relevant parts, the international quality standards require a 100% quality inspection of the welding lines," said a company spokesperson. "During the welding process a broad variety of defects like porosities or cracks can occur. An undiscovered failure can lead to severe consequences and liability charges for manufacturers. Therefore, it is necessary to inspect welding lines on pipes and tanks through extensive non-destructive testing (NDT). Over decades these tests have been done by analogue technique by exposing X-ray films (RT). In the last 10 - 15 years it became more and more common to use digital radiography (DR). This modern approach helps to achieve the quality control and achieving requirements, while providing cost reduction through a high degree of automation."

VisiConsult X-ray System & Solutions GmbH has developed a new set-up incorporating new high-tech materials for digital flat panels. Instead of using a massive steel boom, a carbon fiber tube is used. "The weight of the tube is less than 100 kg, which leads to a stable and massive lifting device. It also allows innovative cooling systems to operate on the inside. This results in a lighter set-up, longer detector lifetime and faster operation principle," said the spokesperson.

For more information contact:

VisiConsult X-ray Solutions Americas Corp.

1170 Howell Mill Rd. Suite 300

Atlanta, GA 30318

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