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GE Introduces DM5E Family of Portable, Ultrasonic Corrosion Monitoring Thickness Gauges


GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH307, Hürth [Germany]
Ultrasonic Testing (UT), corrosion testing, thickness
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NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2009-07
Improved Stability and Repeatability at Normal and Elevated Temperatures

Billerica, MA, USA —June 15, 2009 —The DM5E family is the latest generation of portable, ultrasonic, corrosion monitoring thickness gauges from GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies. The DM5E series offers significant improvement in performance over previous corrosion thickness gauges in terms of thickness measurement and stability and repeatability at normal and elevated temperatures. It’s designed for operation in the harshest working environments, performing wall thickness measurements on pipelines, pressure vessels and storage tanks in the oil and gas industry, as well as the petrochemical and power generation sectors.

“Our new DM5E family allows operators to choose the level of thickness measuring functionality to suit them, while its flexibility allows them to upgrade their instruments whenever they wish,” says Stefan Frank, product manager at GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies. “The instruments come with a new range of ultrasonic probes to ensure optimized performance even at high temperatures.”

The new corrosion measurement solution is available in three versions; the DM5E Basic; the DM5E; and the DM5E DL. All versions weigh just 223g, including their AA batteries, which allow up to 60 hours operation. They feature an LCD data display, which is backlit to be visible in all lighting conditions, and operation is carried out with one hand using a user-friendly operator interface.

The DM5E instrument additionally offers the DUAL MULTI operating mode, which allows metal thickness to be measured through coatings. Protective coatings, including paint, contribute significant error to thickness measurements of underlying metal walls when using conventional methods. In addition, the removal of coatings, and their subsequent reapplication, involves considerable cost and time.

The DM5E DL version has a built-in datalogger, with a capacity to store up a massive 50,000 reading in grid and linear files. This makes the measurement data available for further processing. Using GE’s UltraMATE software, measurement data files can be transferred from the instrument to a PC, where they can be analyzed and stored. The Basic version can be simply up-graded into a DM5E instrument and both DM5E Basic and DM5E can be field-upgraded to become DL versions.

Learn more about DM5E Series thickness gage

About GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies
GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies is part of GE Enterprise Solutions, a $5 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.

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH

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