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|NDT.net Issue - 2015-12 - NEWS ||NDT.net Issue: 2015-12|
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
GE’s Compact Hollow Axle Tester Offers Rail Industry Improved Inspection Quality and PerformanceWaygate Technologies (former GE Inspection Technologies)311, Hürth, Germany
Combines highly innovative, field proven design with high performance ultrasonic instrumentation
Huerth, Germany – 17 November 2015 —GE Measurement & Control today introduced the Compact Hollow Axle Tester (CHAT), combining hollow-axle inspection mechanics and ultrasonic angle-beam probes with GE’s high quality ultrasonic instrumentation. For organizations with hollow axle inspection requirements, CHAT significantly increases productivity and drives improvements in quality and traceability.
Trains traveling at speeds greater than 200 km/h and urban commuter or metro trains subject their hollow axles to increased strain, which puts their structural integrity and reliability at risk. As a result, hollow axles must be inspected regularly for early detection of flaws to assure the cracks do now propagate quickly.
GE’s CHAT allows inspectors to perform regular evaluations and create dynamic inspection plans through fast data acquisition and image display with an intuitive interface and advanced software.
“This product brings a new level of inspection quality and flexibility to the rail industry, at a significantly lower price than existing automated systems in the market,” says Dr. Pierre Marty, senior product manager at GE. “Compared with the traditional manual inspection process of hollow axles, CHAT dramatically improves accuracy and speed of inspections by enabling users to record parts traceability with an easy-to-use, digital device.”
Benefits of GE’s CHAT solution include:
CHAT is supported globally by GE, with comprehensive after-sales services and training programs.
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