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NDT.net Issue - 2012-06 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2012-06
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

CorDEX Instruments Launches Next Generation Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge at OTC to Tackle Corrosion Monitoring

CorDEX Instruments5, Wykeham, Scarborough, United Kingdom

Device saves time in the field and gives detailed corrosion analysis.

The latest UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge was unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (stand 6814). The hand-held device, which can be used for non-destructive testing to establish the extent of corrosion, boasts several updates including intelligent measuring technology which can record multiple readings at specific locations.

A total of nine multi-point readings can now be saved against each Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag on the asset or pipeline which greatly reduces time spent in the field and increases the effectiveness and efficiency of corrosion monitoring.

The device, which provides accurate thickness readings to the nearest thousandth of an inch, now also uses the latest Echo-Echo technology which has the ability to read metal thickness levels, even through a painted surface.

The UT5000, which is ATEX and IECEx certified for Ex ib IIC T4 Gb and Ex ibD IIIB T200°C Db hazardous areas, has also achieved its dust certification and can be used in dust environments which have been assessed as having an explosion risk.

Chief Executive of CorDEX Instruments, Tony Holliday, said: "Integrity and corrosion testing is becoming increasingly important for the energy industry as a significant number of assets are approaching the end of their designed life-spans. Failures on ageing assets and pipelines are often attributed to corrosion and defective welds, so effective inspection and maintenance is increasingly vital.

"The latest updates to the UT5000 have been made in direct response to feedback received from industry and makes the monitoring process more efficient and saves valuable time in the field. The device is pushing the boundaries in this area and can transform the way assets and pipelines are inspected, maintained and repaired."

To effectively manage and assess the information gathered by the UT5000, CorDEX offers CorDEX CONNECT™ - a software program which can be downloaded to any PC. The software uses RFID to tag every thickness measurement with a specific location, date and time, enabling trend analysis of the asset or pipeline. Engineers can use the data to easily identify trouble spots and create predictive maintenance programs.

CorDEX has established a strong reputation since it was launched in 2009 as a leading manufacturer of hand-held intrinsically safe and non-destructive testing tools for the global energy industry.

US Sales Manager Scott Lang was appointed recently as the company sees huge potential for its technologies in North America. Based in North Carolina, Mr Lang, who previously worked with Lockheed-Martin as a systems engineer on NASA's Space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center, is focused on growing business in the US and promoting CorDEX Instruments' full range of hand-held devices.

The UK-headquartered company has a network of distributers across North America, South America, Africa, Australasia, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East.

CorDEX Instruments is exhibiting at stand 6814 at the Offshore Technology Conference. http://www.cordexinstruments.com

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