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NDT.net Issue - 2007-12 - NEWS

GE Announces Weldstar Girth Weld Pipeline Inspection System


GE Inspection Technologies GmbH313, Hürth, Germany
Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Pipeline, weld
 
NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2007-12

Weldstar provides significant productivity gains over traditional radiographic non-destructive testing methods

Billerica, Mass. – November 13, 2007. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, a business unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announces the release of Weldstar, a complete, automated ultrasonic girth weld inspection system for transmission pipelines. Weldstar provides considerable gains in productivity and probability of detection, without the hazards associated with ionizing radiation, when compared with traditional film based radiographic non-destructive testing.

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Weldstar incorporates automated tools to set up, conduct and report a weld inspection. With Weldstar’s ability to accurately size and locate a weld defect, pipeline contractors can implement engineering methods to assess the strength of a weld, saving potential rework costs that could ultimately affect the weld’s integrity.

“A truly capable weld inspection system, Weldstar provides users with the tools to ensure the safety and integrity of the finished pipeline, while increasing productivity,” said Jeff Stetson, Global Product Manager for GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies.

Weldstar’s productivity gains deliver cost and time savings for the end user. The product uses ultrasonic technology, as opposed to radiography, making inspection possible immediately following the welding process. This provides the operator with near real-time process control.

About GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, an $11.6 billion business helping customers compete and win in a changing global environment by combining the power of GE’s unique expertise and intelligent technology to drive customers’ productivity and profitability. GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is a leading innovator in advanced measurement, sensor-based and inspection solutions that deliver accuracy, productivity and safety to its customers. The company designs and manufactures sensing instruments that measure temperature, pressure, moisture, gas and flow rate for demanding customer applications. It also designs, manufactures and services inspection equipment, including radiographic, ultrasonic, remote visual and eddy current, that monitors and tests materials without disassembly, deforming or damaging them. GE Sensing & Inspection’s products are used in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. The company has 4,700 employees at more than 40 facilities in 25 countries worldwide.

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