01:29 May-22-2003 Wolfgang Bisle R & D, Project leader & Group Leader InService Inspect. Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Germany, Joined Jul 2000 35
Re: UT Equipment Reviews Don't you think the question is a little too global? What is your application is the most improtant question. Otherwise go to one of the exhibitions or invite all companies you can find in Rolf Diederichs "exhibition" - then all the experts can show you their equipment - still I guess you would not find the/your optimum.
Have you had already trainig on UT and are a certified NDT-inspector? Maybe you had training on different instruments. What did fit your feelings best? Ask this manufacturer.
In general: every equipment works best. Otherwise you would find on the market. Always there must be some customers which love their special equipment from a certain company and others don't like it as they buy some other equipment. Easy, isn't it?
So you should specify your question a little more - otherwise you would not get any veluable answers
06:28 May-22-2003 John O'Brien Consultant, - Chevron ETC , USA, Joined Jan 2000 278
Re: UT Equipment Reviews I assume you are specifically interested in Oil industry applications. Are you looking for manual operated equipment or automated systems? Remember the biggest variable is usually the operator. Because of liability issues you are unlikely to get too many 'objective' evaluations on a public forum and you would expect all manufacturers to be very positive that their system is best. We have performed independent studies for a number of oil and gas operators with surprising results. You can do your own with a little thought. Detail your applications. What you want to achieve, resolution, data display etc. Consider logistic issues, weight, temperature, environment etc. Other issues support, training, cost. Put all your variable in questions in a spreadsheet then email to all manufacturers you can find. Then compile responses. From this select the most promising and ring or email a few non involved contacts for opinions. You will then not have the correct answer but certainly a more informed choice.