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NDT.net Issue: 2019-04
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Zetec Signs Exclusive Agreement with Structural Integrity Associates to Integrate LATITUDE™ Encoding System with TOPAZ® Inspection Instruments

Zetec88, Snoqualmie, WA, USA

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (April 2, 2019)—Zetec Inc. today announced an exclusive agreement with Structural Integrity Associates Inc. to integrate and promote its LATITUDE non-mechanized probe position and orientation encoding technology with the Zetec TOPAZ family of portable phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) instruments.

“We are excited to work with Structural Integrity, a global leader in providing innovative engineering solutions, to bring this exciting encoding technology to the TOPAZ platform,” said Frédéric Laprise, General Manager of Zetec Canada and the company’s Phased Array Ultrasound Technology Business Unit. “LATITUDE is a revolutionary encoding system that further enhances the benefits of TOPAZ as a fast, portable, ultrasonic inspection solution for power generation, oil and gas, and other critical industries.”

The LATITUDE non-mechanized encoding system allows a single operator to perform an inspection by hand while producing a detailed digital record of the inspection at all times. The electronic control unit is specifically designed to work directly with the TOPAZ instrument, which allows the operator to control the LATITUDE system through the TOPAZ user interface.

“The development of the LATITUDE technology and integration with the Zetec TOPAZ system have allowed us to deliver more cost-effective and efficient encoded examinations in the power generation market while maintaining the same level of rigor as automated examinations,” stated Laney Bisbee, CEO/President of Structural Integrity Associates. “We are excited to work with Zetec to make LATITUDE available on a global scale, helping the many industries they serve realize the same benefits that we have delivered to our clients.”

LATITUDE together with TOPAZ is a simple, portable, fully integrated solution that can eliminate the need for cumbersome and complex automated scanning technology. It can significantly reduce the time spent per inspection location and minimize the number of required operators.

“LATITUDE and TOPAZ are an ideal combination for users who do not want to deal with the complexities of automated inspections but still would like a complete record of the data acquired,” said Laprise. “This agreement will extend the capabilities of the industry’s leading portable phased-array instrument family and provide a significant inspection advantage for TOPAZ users.”

To learn more about the LATITUDE scanner, visit 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.

About Structural Integrity Associates Inc.
Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. is an international leader in asset lifecycle and condition assessment solutions, and provides technical expertise to power plants, oil and gas pipelines, and critical facilities and infrastructure. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Structural Integrity serves clients worldwide through branch offices located throughout the United States. Additional information may be found at www.structint.com.

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