An X-ray system for defect detection in large diameter pipes
Working with a UK supplier of X-ray inspection systems, WyeTec designed and delivered an upgrade to a weld inspection
facility for a major UK manufacturer of large diameter steel pipes.
Upgrading obsolete components
Everything has a finite lifetime, and X-ray equipment is no exception. Weld inspection to ISO 17636 was an absolute
requirement for our end user, so when their analogue x-ray imaging system started to near end-of-life, an upgrade was
The end user wished to maintain a key feature of their original system – real-time x-ray inspection with dual
operator views and video recording – whilst also realising the benefits that could be gained through digital imaging.
Detection and analysis:
The obvious choice was a flat panel x-ray detector; capable of delivering high resolution 16bit images at full frame rate, and a
notably superior image. The image capture and control software featured software-based video recording, and a novel approach
to providing dual operator views through a distributed network protocol. The improvement in image quality - both resolution and
bit depth - proved to be a game-changer for the operators, making the identification of defects easier and more accurate, with
less operator fatigue.
An additional macro feature allowed the user to store and recall calibration and imaging parameters for various product types.
A series of specially-designed measurement tools allowed for verification of system performance and measurement of defect sizes.