Quality Magazine

KLM Engineering & Maintenance Selects GE Inspection Equipment

December 10, 2009

BILLERICA, MA -KLM Engineering & Maintenance (KLM E&M) has selected inspection equipment from GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies to perform nondestructive testing on KLM aircraft and associated engines. GE’s ultrasonic inspection device, the USM Go, was chosen for its extreme portability, large display screen and compact size. The small size helps inspectors access hard to reach areas, such as the fuel tank, easier and quicker.

“Our inspectors are very enthusiastic about the USM Go’s size,” says Martin Machielse, section manager of KLM E&M’s Analysis & Production Support team. “In many cases, our team must access small, badly lit or confined areas that are very difficult to reach. In these cases, the size and ease of use greatly assist our inspectors to complete reliable checks.”

Weighing in at 2.2 lbs, the USM Go is a light and portable ultrasonic flaw detector with pressure-responsive, joystick control. Inspection data can be downloaded easily through the USM Go’s USB connectivity and the 2GB memory card, which can be expanded by the addition of a 2GB standard SD card.

KLM E&M’s 10 certified inspectors perform routine maintenance inspections across three hangers at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The USM Go’s extreme portability helps the team move between hangers more efficiently. In addition to ultrasonic testing, KLM E&M also employs eddy current and radiography testing equipment.