GE recently hosted a webinar about advanced eddy current weld inspection. Eddy current is an environmentally friendly and approved nondestructive testing (NDT) technique for weld inspection that complies with the ISO/DIN 17643 (previously EN 1711: 2000) standard. Eddy current can save time and money compared to using liquid penetrant or magnetic particle inspection when inspecting welds, and unlike LP and MP inspections, there is no waste material generated that requires environmental disposal. As NDT continues to evolve, more advanced inspection tools like Mentor EM have emerged to provide weld inspectors with simpler and more effective eddy current inspection tools.
Mentor EM allows rapid weld inspection by all levels of inspectors – from the expert to the newly qualified, helping with the challenges of the new NDT landscape. Additionally, Mentor Create enables easy customization of the user interface to suit the applications and skill level of the inspector. Workflows are easily transferred from the PC to Mentor and quickly shared between remote sites.
Today’s NDT industries deal with a number of challenges, including:
- Aging NDT inspector population and dwindling talent pipeline
- Increasing complexity of inspections
- Demanding environment, health and safety regulations
- Eddy current as alternative to liquid penetrant (LP) and magnetic particle inspection (MPI)
- Growing need for improved Probability-of-Detection (POD) and productivity
To address these challenges for NDT professionals, GE is:
- Leveraging advancements in digital electronics, packaging, and display technology
- Expanding use of downloadable customized applications (‘apps’) for NDT inspections
- Integrating wireless communication into NDT instrumentation to allow immediate collaboration with remote experts
Watch a replay of the full webinar below to learn more about eddy current weld inspection and today’s advanced technology.