Sonatest announced the release of the latest range of the Sitescan and Masterscan series of flaw detectors. Retaining the best features of the established series, the new range has evolved in response to the requirements of users and their applications, combining simplicity of use with improved capability and field proven reliability.

The end user now has the freedom and flexibility to customize their instrument to fulfil their preferences and meet their application demands exactly as they need. With all units being field upgradeable, the adaptability of the unit’s capability over time is increased. New and standard software options can be customized to meet the needs of the project; as can the hardware of the instrument. Choose your shape – select between the traditional table-top style of case or the more recent hand-held portable case with the rotary wheel menu driver.

Listening to customer requests this new generation of flaw detectors offers new features to boost the productivity of the inspector. Customizable and intuitive menus create a smooth workflow for the operator and together with improved 4GB of data storage, simplified PC interfacing and new UT-lity reporting software the post-inspection report writing and result processing is greatly enhanced.

The new range comprises of just four models: the Sitescan 500S and D-50 offering entry level broadband UT performance and the Masterscan 700S and the D-70 providing the highest specification to the market including 8 filter settings from 100kHz to 22MHz, with 100-450V square wave transmitter and 20 meter range.

DAC functionality, available on all models, now enables up to 3 custom DAC curves on-screen, meeting all known worldwide standards. Adjustable DAC curves increase the available dynamic range and using the same reference indications DAC curves can now be converted to TCG and back again with ease. The unique Split DAC option gives up to 3 zones of additional gain to permit single-pass scanning of attenuative materials and thicker sections.

Angle Measurement Mode is a new standard feature which simplifies beam plotting. Using the built in peak detection mode, the beam profile for any transducer can be confirmed in moments.

The introduction of a Corrosion Software option improves reliability over spot-thickness measurements and includes a B-Scan Display function which shows a cross section of the material being tested based on its wall thickness.

A-scan data can be stored with the thickness readings and transferred to a PC using the new data management software UT-lity Pro. UT-lity Pro also provides the end user with the ability to create and manage inspection plans, location notes, historical data and other asset management information.

Software options across the range include TCG, DGS(AVG), AWS, API, Interface Trigger, Backwall Echo Attenuation, Split DAC, Corrosion Software and Dryscan modules.

Typical applications include weld fabrications, corrosion detection, forgings and castings, power generation, composite inspection, bond testing and general UT inspection.

Sonatest Ltd