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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
Zetec’s New High Stability X-ProbeTM Can Inspect Up To 30% More Tubes vs. Current SolutionsZetec80, Snoqualmie, WA, USA
Less Probe Changes Can Lower Total Costs
Snoqualmie, WA — Zetec, Inc. introduces the new High Stability X- ProbeTM for steam generator tubing inspections. The High Stability X-Probe introduces advanced features that deliver significant benefits. An enhanced centering foot design includes spring supported centering feet and proprietary abrasion resistant material. This innovation enables the probe to center more accurately for a longer period of time. With an ability to inspect more tubes per probe, costs can be lowered as a result of fewer overall probe changes. Estimates for the cost of a probe change can exceed $20,000, so not only is the time for an inspection considerably reduced with the new X-Probe, but savings are also realized for less rad waste and lower dose.
This innovative advancement in technology provides significantly faster inspections and complete tube coverage, while lowering your inspection costs. In fact, the Zetec® High Stability X-Probe finds all indications on the first pass at speeds 40 times faster than Motorized Rotating Probe Coils (MRPC).
EPRI equivalency reports have been created for all standardized X-Probe sizes, ensuring that they are inspection ready at purchase. Both the array and bobbin coils meet this equivalency and may be used for inspections of record. High Stability X-Probes have also been designed for the CANDU and French markets. “As the largest supplier of probes worldwide to the steam generator market, Zetec recognizes the challenges our customers face and develops solutions that deliver the results they need. This new High Stability X-Probe exemplifies that. With significant time savings, longer probe life and improved detection, customers can save tens of thousands of dollars on inspections” states Bill Ziegenhagen, Zetec Probe Product Manager.
High Stability X-Probes are designed to be “one-pass” inspections for acquiring both bobbin and special interest tests. Sizes for 7/8, 3/4, 11/16 and 5/8 tubing are available. For more information on the High Stability X-Probe please visit www.zetec.com.