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Non-Destructive, Ultrasonic Flaw Testing using the SyncScan

In this interview, Cindy Zheng, Overseas Sales Director at NDT, talks to AZoM about SIUI's Upgradeable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector - SyncScan.

Can you please provide a brief introduction to SIUI and your ultrasonic products?

SIUI is an ISO-certified company that has been dedicated to R&D, manufacture and sales of Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors for more than 30 years.

SIUI has a complete product line, including phased array ultrasonic flaw detectors, conventional flaw detectors, thickness gauges, ultrasonic crawlers, and up to 1,000 types of probes and accessories. SIUI products are compliant with European, US, and Japanese codes or standards.

Key application areas of SIUI

Key application areas of SIUI's technology

Please could you describe the technique of ultrasonic testing?

Ultrasound is an oscillating sound pressure wave with a frequency greater than the upper limit of the human hearing range (above 20 KHz).

Sound travels in different waveforms in different conditions. Sound can propagate in various forms, such as longitudinal waves, transverse waves, surface waves and plate waves. Longitudinal waves and transverse waves are two sound waveforms most widely used in ultrasonic testing. A longitudinal wave is a wave motion in which the movement of molecules is in the same direction as the propagation of the wave. A transverse wave is a moving wave in which the movement of molecules is perpendicular to the direction of the propagation.

Standard ultrasonic instruments are mostly used for flaw testing and thickness gauging. The ultrasonic flaw detector adopts principles of sound propagation to detect, locate and evaluate defects such as cracks, porosity, corrosion and so on. The ultrasonic thickness gauge is used to measure the physical thickness of the test object.

Which industries are your ultrasonic products suitable for?

SIUI's ultrasonic products are widely used for testing industrial equipment and industrial components made of materials including metals, ceramics, and composites.

To ensure the industrial production is safe, companies should inspect their industrial equipment and industrial components to detect whether there is a flaw inside, where the flaw is, and how large the flaw is.

The professional and reliable SIUI ultrasonic flaw detector is an excellent choice. The SIUI ultrasonic flaw detector is now serving industries such as machinery, metallurgy, railway, shipbuilding, aerospace, tube & bars, energy and building. We can also offer customized solutions to meet the special requirements of each customer.

What is SyncScan?

As the third-generation Phased Array flaw detector from SIUI, SyncScan incorporates the latest advancements in high-performance Phased Array and

TOFD detection into one compact unit.

It can be upgraded with Phased Array, time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD) and thickness gauge modules to satisfy various inspection requirements. SyncScan can minimize the cost for Phased Array and TOFD inspection.

The four modules of Syncscan

The four modules of Syncscan

SyncScan is a Phased Array flaw detector, could you please explain what phased array technology is?

Phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) is an advanced method of ultrasonic testing that has applications in industrial non-destructive testing. Initially, the phased array technology was applied in the medical field to create highly detailed cross-sectional pictures of internal organs.

In recent years, this technology has been introduced to the industrial field to solve the following problems:

  • decrease inspection time and increase productivity
  • increase inspection reliability
  • inspect flaws in different positions and arbitrary directions using one probe on a fixed position
  • improve inspection SNR(Signal to Noise Ratio)
  • inspection of small flaws in complex structural component
  • improve inspection accuracy

How will using the SyncScan benefit the user?

Firstly, SyncScan is compact and durable. It is designed based on IP65 to suit the harshest industrial environment. The extra-large 8.4 inch touch screen can bring optimized experience for measurement and reading. SyncScan is so compact (3.75 kg, 90 mm thickness) that it can be operated with only one hand for aloft and field work.

Secondly, the smart wizard makes phased array simple. Many people find Phased Array inspection to be very tricky and complicated. However, SIUI’s smart wizard can change this and make PA user-friendly. To facilitate new PA operators, SyncScan carries a calibration wizard and scan wizard, guiding operators to perform all the calibration procedures and imaging setup easily, therefore improving inspection efficiency.

Thirdly, SyncScan offers enhanced functions to facilitate a more effective performance. SyncScan is compatible with:

  • special corrosion software for corrosion mapping and composite inspection
  • PA group functions for weld inspection
  • BEA function for forging and casting inspection
  • flat weld groove function to simulate flat plate work pieces geometry
  • flat weld solution for flat butt weld and pipe girth weld inspection
  • angle weld solution for angle welds in ocean platform and oil & gas steel structure
  • small pipe girth weld solution for testing welds of small diameter pipes with outer diameters ranging from 0.83 to 4.52 inches

Furthermore, simultaneous display of phased array and TOFD function can increase scanning coverage, decrease undetected rate and provide multiple means of testing to avoid misjudgment.

How about the feedback from agents and end-users?

Most of our customers agree that, as phased array equipment, SyncScan is quite competitive. Many end-users really like the instrument because “it is flexible”, and addresses their application needs.

Where can our readers learn more about the SyncScan and about other SIUI ultrasound products?

For further information, you can visit our official website, or contact us by email on [email protected]

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Jake graduated from the University of Manchester with an integrated masters in Chemistry with honours. Due to his two left hands the practical side of science never appealed to him, instead he focused his studies on the field of science communication. His degree, combined with his previous experience in the promotion and marketing of events, meant a career in science marketing was a no-brainer. In his spare time Jake enjoys keeping up with new music, reading anything he can get his hands on and going on the occasional run.


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