We can all agree with Investopedia that quality control is “the process through which a business seeks to ensure that product quality is maintained or improved and errors are reduced or eliminated.” This definition spans all industries, but the criteria by which companies pass or fail a product is a different story.

Many OCTG MFL (magnetic flux leakage) inspection equipment manufacturers claim their machines detect flaws on 0.545” (13.84mm) walls and greater during the inspection process, but often these claims ignore a key component of a quality inspection – repeatability.

API 5CT specifications require a minimum of 20% repeatability on all inspection runs. Oftentimes the detectability specifications given by EMI vendors to the steel mills, processors, or inspection companies are a reflection of the equipment manufacturer’s upper limits of detection capabilities, or best case scenarios—and they hope to address the repeatability of their equipment much later in the vendor selection process. “In our opinion, there needs to be more focus on repeatability much earlier in the technical evaluations” said Danny Uselton, President of Scan Systems Corp.

In EMI inspection, repeatability comes down to the equipment’s hardware and software capabilities to identify the signal given by an imperfection or artificial reference indicator and report those imperfections at a similar amplitude… consistently and repeatedly. The long and short of it is, the equipment must have the capability to pick up the flaw and break the alarm threshold each and every time in order to provide the level of confidence in the inspection that API requires. If the signal from a flaw falls within an area of significant noise generated from the pipe, it may stand out during one pass (detected), but get lost “in the grass” during the next run (repeatability). Using advanced signal processing algorithms combined with proprietary sensors and cutting-edge signal detection hardware, Scan Systems’ PITCO M-Series with ESP upgrade has dramatically improved the ability to separate a flaw’s signal from the background noise offering the best S:N ratio on any given pipe in the industry.

For Matt Rutledge, General Manager/VP of Scan Systems, repeatability is a top priority and something customers should ask about sooner in the vendor selection process. “Surprisingly, many steel mills, processors, and third party inspection companies neglect to inquire about the inspection equipment’s capabilities in regards to repeatability until much later in the selection process.”

While 0.400” (10mm) pipe wall thickness has historically been the limit for existing EMI/MFL inspection equipment, Scan Systems’ PITCO M-Series with ESP upgrade can reliably detect and repeat on N5 ID notches up to 0.545” (13.84mm) wall thickness and N10 ID notches up to 0.625” (15.875mm) walls. This ability to accurately detect and repeat on these types of indications is truly a remarkable accomplishment by the employees in the R&D department of Scan Systems Corporation.

When equipment vendors quote specifications that exceed the known capabilities of EMI equipment currently in operation, the best thing for you to do is ask the vendor to demonstrate their claims. Danny Uselton commented, “At Scan Systems, that is how we separate ourselves from others who claim similar capabilities who don’t think they will ever have to prove it. We love demonstrating our systems’ capabilities and explaining the processing software and sensor technology we have developed to advance our industry.”


Houston company forms MS150 riding team for the first, but not the last, time

(PRWEB) May 20, 2015

HOUSTON, Texas (May 20, 2015) – Scan Systems, a Houston based company in the Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) industry, participated in the BP MS150 race benefitting the National MS Society on April 18-19, 2015.

This was the first year for Scan Systems to create a riding team in the MS150 race. Their 20-member team composed of Houston location employees, their family members, and friends all successfully rode into Austin on Sunday, April 19th. The team was able to raise more than $16,000 for the National MS Society.

Day 1 of the race was cancelled due to excessive rainfall and wind that occurred throughout the week and impacted the two sites where riders planned on camping overnight. Scan Systems gathered the team, fellow employees, friends, and families at their office to cook and enjoy the day, despite the postponed race. “We were able to all be together, enjoy a meal, and make the weekend into a memorable experience,” states Matt Rutledge, General Manager/VP of Scan Systems. The next morning, they organized a 24-passenger van and U-Haul to arrive at their office in North Houston and took the team and their bikes to the starting line of Day 2. From there, the Scan Systems bikers were able to ride into Austin as a team.

“We are very proud of our employees for participating in such a great cause. Raising $16,000 our first year is such an accomplishment and we look forward to surpassing this amount next year,” Rutledge comments.

About BP MS150:
The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National MS Society. The ride is the largest event of its kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. The 2014 BP MS 150 set a new fundraising milestone by raising $20 million dollars, bringing hope to many who are living with multiple sclerosis. Read more about the cause:http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=25298&pg=entry

About Scan Systems:
Scan Systems Corporation, of Houston, Texas is a group of four synergistic operating divisions. Each division provides its own specialized proprietary products and services for the support of NDE (Non-Destructive Evaluation) companies. Scan Systems’ catalog of technology equipment, and services for the OCTG industry includes EMI inspection, calibration software and services, automated tally equipment and software, inventory management software, and customer support, service, upgrades, and repairs.

 

 


HOUSTON, Texas (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

Scan Systems, a Houston based company in the Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) industry, continues to lead the way in difficult, “out-of-the-box” on-location custom flaws and artificial reference indicators to create test standards for calibration. Scan Systems’ EDM Specialties’ reputation for focusing on applications that fall outside of the abilities of a Sinker EDM or CNC EDM machines has consistently expanded over the past 30 years.

“No other company has the experience, knowledge, or expertise to handle the types of projects we do,” said Matt Rutledge, Vice President and General Manager at Scan Systems. “There are plenty of companies that handle Sinker EDM or CNC EDM machining well, but our ability to specialize our skills and equipment for difficult applications is what sets us apart.”

Scan Systems flexible approach to service – allowing you to send the material to their facility, or to have their team come to you, has also been successful.

“We are solution focused, and it is sometimes easier for our team to make the trip than it is to have a piece shipped to us,” said Mr. Rutledge.

Scan Systems designed and manufactured the world’s first portable EDM unit (electric discharge machine) specifically designed to introduce artificial flaws in metal products. In the late 1980’s Scan Systems started commercially offering the EDM Notch Master unit which has remained an industry standard.

About Scan Systems:
Scan Systems Corporation, of Houston, Texas is a group of four synergistic operating divisions. Each division provides its own specialized proprietary products and services for the support of NDE (Non-Destructive Evaluation) companies. Scan Systems’ catalog of technology equipment, and services for the OCTG industry includes EMI inspection, calibration software and services, automated tally equipment and software, inventory management software, and customer support, service, upgrades, and repairs.

 

See full Press Release here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/05/prweb12702618.htm


The state of the oil & gas industry has caused every company to take a step back and evaluate current processes and personnel. A common and sometimes necessary reaction is to decrease labor. The ideal outcome would be to decrease labor costs, while ensuring that productivity and quality of processes remain the same or improve.

Scan Systems understands this situation and its affect on the OCTG industry. The need for tallying products remains and current conventional pipe tallies require at least 3 direct laborers and usually a collection of office personnel for the paperwork as well as laborers used for assembling. Our goal when Scan Systems came out with the Tally-Rite in 1987 was to provide customers with the fastest and easiest possible way to create accurate tallies while eliminating as much of the associated direct labor as possible. Not to mention, eliminate natural human error while increasing production and profits.

This labor reducing benefit comes into play more now than ever before. Our portable Tally-Rite units require only 2 people (not 3) to tally your tubing, thus immediately reducing your direct labor costs for the process by 1/3. Our Tally-Rite unit counts the pieces, measures length, and displays cumulative total of the pipe string all by the click of a button.

Since 1988, Scan Systems has been committed to furnishing our customers with the most convenient and efficient means in the industry to tally OCTG products. The key is to provide products that can help in the good times, and the bad. Pipe tallies are one of the most costly and potentially one of the most damaging of all services you provide for your customer if they are incorrect. Save money, save labor, and ensure accuracy by using the Tally-Rite.

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QUICK FACTS ON TALLY-RITE:

  • Add 120 tallies in 55 seconds
  • Record a joint every 1.5-2 seconds without pad and pencil
  • Automatically upload tallies to your computer
  • Tally a truck load of tubing in less than 10 minutes with 2 people
  • Tally with one person in the time it takes to walk a length of pipe
  • Specific Tally Products: TR-2000, WinDump-It, TDS, Tally-Lator