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NDT.net Issue - 2015-06 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2015-06
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

TSC Inspection Systems win contract to develop a custom ACFM® inspection system for rail freight axle testing

TSC Inspection Systems32, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

TSC have successfully secured a contract with a major rail freight operator in Australia to deliver an ACFM® inspection system, custom designed to inspect a range of freight wagon axles.

As a result of a programme of independent trials, ACFM® was selected as the technology of choice for this application. The main reasons for selection were ACFM’s® sensitivity to surface breaking defects, ease of deployment and the ability to reject various factors which can create spurious signals and data in other technologies, such as lift-off; making the technology easy to use and interpret.

The system is designed to be used by non-NDT trained rail technicians and features automated defect detection with simple “PASS / FAIL” reporting. Further in-depth analysis of failed axles can be carried out by a supervisor, who is trained in ACFM® data interpretation, identifying the location and size of defects found. Another benefit that ACFM® technology brings to the project is that all inspection data is automatically stored for audit and review purposes.

Dr Mike Smith, TSC’s Director of Technology and Innovation, commented: “This is an exciting development for TSC as it utilises a custom designed crawler to deploy one of the largest ACFM® array probes that we have ever built. This system provides our partner with a powerful and reliable inspection solution, supporting their consistent efforts to improve rail vehicle reliability and reduce the costs of operation”.

For further information please contact Dr Mike Smith – Technology & Innovation Director on email: msmith@tscis.com

About TSC Inspection Systems
TSC Inspection Systems provides Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) service, rental and product solutions developed using their unique and patented Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM®) Technology. The ACFM® technique detects surface-breaking cracks in metallic structures and components, without the need to remove protected coatings, therefore minimizing downtime for critical operations.

TSC Inspection Systems was established in 1984, as a spin-off from University College London, by a team of Professors and Lecturers who were recognised leaders in the fields of NDT, robotics and fracture mechanics. ACFM® was developed with support from BP, BG, Conoco and Shell, who were keen to dramatically improve the reliability of underwater inspection, reduce the reliance on the operator and provide auditable inspection records. TSC offers clients a wide range of support in the execution of inspection programs around the world including Inspection Services, Equipment Rental, Product Sales and Technical Support.

For further information please visit the TSC Inspection Systems website www.tscis.com

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