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|NDT.net Issue - 2016-04 - NEWS |
|Pulsed eddy current reinvented to address corrosion under insulation for better asset integrity management
Québec, Canada, March 7, 2016—Dedicated to electromagnetic inspection technologies, Eddyfi is thrilled to announce the launch of Lyft. This new patent-pending solution reinvents pulsed eddy current (PEC) and addresses what is possibly the greatest unresolved asset integrity problem in the industry: corrosion under insulation (CUI). The portable, state-of-the art solution offers real-time C-scan imaging and fast data acquisition—with grid-mapping and dynamic scanning modes—to dramatically reduce inspection time and operator dependence. Lyft supports more applications than existing solutions, being capable of scanning through corrosion blistering and thick insulation with aluminum, stainless steel, and galvanized steel weather jackets.
Current methods for measuring wall thickness with liftoff, without removing insulation, all have severe limitations. However, PEC offered the most versatility and potential for evolution. In developing a new kind of PEC, Eddyfi integrated automated software features (SmartPULSE™) that ease inspection, as well as an innovative, patent-pending technology redefining the way PEC signals are used by Lyft. Together, these features guarantee reliable and repeatable results. Three plug-and-play probes of different sizes for the right balance between wall thickness and liftoff complement Lyft. Finally, Eddyfi packaged the solution into a modern, portable instrument equipped with a large multi-touch display and embedded Windows® PC.
Martin Thériault, president and CEO of Eddyfi says: “As a relatively new company and global manufacturer of advanced NDT solutions, we firmly believe that we need to innovate and solve industry problems to be relevant to the market. 35% of all Eddyfi staff are currently focused on R&D and new product development. PEC, an electromagnetic technique addressing a serious industry problem, was therefore a natural field of interest for Eddyfi. Our new Lyft offering leverages the best of Eddyfi’s infrastructure–cutting-edge instrument platforms, manufacturing systems, know-how, support from field engineers, and offices worldwide. Over the next months and years, Eddyfi will continue to push the limits of the technology even further. The product has superb potential and we are committed to see this product evolve on a continuous basis, for the benefit of the industry.”