One of the toughest tasks for an EMI unit operator can be interpreting and locating the signal from a pipe flaw. Having an alternative view of the data can be beneficial in determining a pipe’s condition.
Scan Systems sought to create an easy, intuitive display that not only made it easy to illustrate where pipe flaws were located, but also provided additional information on the characteristics of the flaw.
Their solution to this task was to create a flat view of the pipe’s circumferential surface, and then apply a heat map-style interface to the data, where flaws show up more intensely than the surrounding surface. This “Intensity Viewer” clearly shows the shape, placement, and characteristic of flaws across the pipe’s surface, and allows adjustment of the heat map to potentially assist in the calibration of pipe that generates a high level of noise.
“We’re constantly looking for ways to make our client’s jobs easier and more efficient.” said Matt Rutledge, Vice President/General Manager of Scan Systems. “This visualization provides the most information in the most intuitive way, and ultimately makes for more accurate inspections and faster prove up.”
As part of Scan Systems’ PITCO M-series with ESP upgrade, the intensity viewer continues their tradition of innovating EMI inspection features.
In this screenshot, the pipe’s flaws are clearly visible as red areas within the Intensity Viewer.