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Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)
Eddyfi Launches the Sharck™ Fillet Weld ProbeEddyfi56, Quebec, Canada
Eddyfi expands its family of Sharck probes, bringing the TECA™ technology to T-joints.
As a world leader in electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is happy to announce the launch of the Sharck fillet weld probe. It is designed around the well-known tangential ECA technology (TECA), which is specifically made for carbon steel crack assessment. Not only does the technology enable establishing crack position and measuring its length, but also its depth, with only minimal surface preparation. Similar to the Sharck butt weld probe, this one can tolerate a liftoff (paint or coating, for example) up to 3 mm (0.120 in).
The Sharck fillet weld probe was specifically designed to make inspecting 90° T-joints easy. The probe combines the ability of individual, spring-loaded fingers to conform to weld crowns with a clever mechanical design enabling parts of the array to be adjusted to the cap angle (30°, 45°, or 60°). The result is a compelling C-scan image for rapid and intuitive analysis.
This new probe enables operators to completely scan weld caps, toe areas, and heat-affected zones at high speeds (up to 200 mm/s (8 in/s)). This is a major improvement over pencil probes and conventional eddy current probes, reducing inspection and down times. The Sharck fillet weld probe is therefore the perfect addition to the Sharck probe family, covering an ever-expanding range of welds.
“This is a robust probe with a clever design, leveraging a field-proven technology,” said Angélique Raude, surface inspection product manager at Eddyfi. “TECA has been successfully deployed over the past years in all geographic regions thanks to its detection and sizing capabilities, and versatility to a wide range of carbon steel grades. This is only possible thanks to the simple and universal calibration process Eddyfi has developed. We are very proud of this new addition to the Sharck family.”
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