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NDT.net Issue - 2019-08 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2019-08
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Zetec Introduces Surf-X™ Eddy Current Array Probe Family, Delivering Breakthrough Inspection Versatility and Speed

Zetec88, Snoqualmie, WA, USA

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (July 8, 2019)—Zetec Inc. has introduced the Surf-X™ family of eddy current array probes, with a unique flexible circuit design and proprietary X-PROBE™ coil technology that allow each probe to conform to a variety of materials, shapes, and geometries for inspection applications in aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, and more.

PHOTO: Zetec’s Surf-X eddy current array probes have a unique flexible circuit design and X-PROBE coil technology that adapt to a wide range of inspection applications.

The key advantages of the Surf-X array probe family are its versatility and speed.

Surf-X array probes feature interchangeable multiple coil sets that enable users in the field to change a coil set in less than a minute and adapt the probe to a range of materials and surface geometries. Surf-X array probes offer a detachable encoder that can connect in multiple locations on both the handle and electronics module, providing maximum versatility when it comes to dealing with different positions as you probe.

This innovative design offers breakthrough inspection efficiencies. The Surf-X array probe’s electronics module connector, cable, and detachable encoder can be used interchangeably across different coil sets for material cost savings. With subsequent Surf-X array coil set purchases, the module, encoder, and cables can be re-used, saving time and money.

“Surf-X array probes are easy to use, extremely efficient, and can reduce inspection time by up to 95% versus pencil probes,” said Bill Ziegenhagen, Zetec Eddy Current Probes Product Manager. “The innovative design truly delivers an inspection advantage.”

Surf-X array probes are available with interchangeable coil sets, including:

  • SURF-X Weld Array Probe: This set combines +point coils to find indications in weld toes while array coils test the remaining weld and heat-affected zones, like shipboard T and Butt welds.
  • SURF-X Flex Array Probe: This flexible probe bends to produce detailed, accurate results across complex geometries and irregular surfaces, like rivets on airplane wings or grooves in carbon steel mining drums.

All Surf-X array probe coil sets come with three wear-surface options for maximum flexibility: a no-wear surface to inspect smooth materials; a cloth wear surface for smooth or polished surfaces; and a “super fabric” for protecting array coils on rough surfaces.

Surf-X array probes are a fast, accurate, chemical-free alternative to penetrant testing (PT) that, when used with the Zetec MIZ®-21C handheld eddy current instrument, is one of the most cost-effective portable surface array solutions on the market. Recently updated, the Zetec MIZ-21C is now a sealed unit with increased operating temperature range, increased internal memory storage, off-the-shelf battery charging, and more.

“With a MIZ-21C eddy current instrument and Surf-X array probe, you can quickly and accurately handle virtually any eddy current test application without extra hardware, chemicals, or complex set-ups,” said Ziegenhagen.

Learn more about these innovations at www.zetec.com.

About Zetec Inc.
Zetec is a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for the critical inspection needs of industries the world counts on every day, including power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, rail, heavy industry, and manufacturing. We serve as a single source for high-performance solutions in both eddy current and ultrasonic technologies. For over 50 years, we have advanced NDT standards and science, providing new insight and control through inspection solutions that protect our customers’ most important assets and ensure the quality of their products. By integrating design and engineering with our own manufacturing, Zetec delivers solutions that optimize productivity, safety, and total cost of ownership.

Zetec is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies Inc., with global engineering and manufacturing centers in Quebec City and at our corporate headquarters in Snoqualmie, Washington. Zetec support spans the globe, with Centers of Excellence in Houston, Paris, Seoul, and Shanghai. For more information about Zetec, visit www.zetec.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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