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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 Performance

Waygate Technologies (former GE Inspection Technologies)313, 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:

  • Light and compact design enabling a single person to move the trolley around and operate it alone
  • Ability to transport it in a small van without lifting tools
  • Composite frame for electrical protection to operate where electrified rails are present
  • Quick installation on site for immediate inspection
  • Multi-Channel UT instrument USIP 40 in 2, 5 or 10 channels configuration
  • Closed loop and seals for oil coupling to minimize oil spillage during inspection
  • Quick inspection time: 8 minutes for the signal acquisition, and less than 15 minutes including installation and recording of results
  • Large variety of probe holders for various bore diameters and number of probes for various specifications
  • Compliance with all specifications for conventional UT inspection of hollow axles

CHAT is supported globally by GE, with comprehensive after-sales services and training programs.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Measurement & Control
GE Measurement & Control is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement; non-destructive testing and inspection; flow and process control; turbine, generator, and plant controls; and condition monitoring. Providing healthcare for our customers’ most critical assets, we deliver accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, metals and transportation. Headquartered in Boston, USA, Measurement & Control has more than 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Oil & Gas. For further information, visit www.ge-mcs.com.

About GE Oil & Gas
GE Oil & Gas works on the things that matter in the oil and gas industry. In collaboration with our customers, we push the boundaries of technology to bring energy to the world. From extraction to transportation to end use, we address today’s toughest challenges in order to fuel the future.

Follow GE Oil & Gas on Twitter @GE_OilandGas.

For more information, contact:
Chris Janssens

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