Ultrasonic flaw detectors

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B & BL

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B & BL

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The Sonocon B belongs to the next generation of portable UT instruments. Using high-end electronics and having the richest set of modes and software features, it can solve any task that can be solved with a portable UT device.

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Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
 
  • Comfortable and Lightweight

The Sonocon B is a lightweight inspection system – only 0.95 kg (2 lbs). Due to its ergonomic shape and a hand strap, it can be quite comfortably operated with a single hand, which is particularly important in the field and especially at height. It can be used by both left- and right-handers. A high contrast display of optimal size and resolution (800×480) prevents the operator’s excessive eyestrain.

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  • Powerful and Multifunctional

The Sonocon B is a digital UT tester combining 3 devices in 1:

  • a flaw detector,
  • an A-Scan thickness gauge,
  • a corrosion monitor

This is realized with the help of switchable software. In the “UT” version, the Sonocon B fulfils all functions of a powerful ultrasonic flaw detector necessary for its setup, defect search and their advanced evaluation.

 
  • Usage in Harsh Environments

The instrument case has a protection level of IP65. The operation temperature range is from –30°C to +50 °C (-22°F to 122°F). The flaw detector is resistant to ionizing radiation impact and is intended for operation in increased humidity conditions.

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
  • Easy-to-Use

The Sonocon B is highly user-friendly. Its interface philosophy can be stated as “Don’t browse menus, just push a button!”. All most frequently used functions are placed on its keyboard making them accessible in a single or a couple of button presses. This makes setup and evaluation procedures several times faster. A variety of built-in auto calibration procedures allow to perform fast and easy calibration with straight beam, angle beam and Rayleigh wave probes on standards or even test pieces.

To help new users get to know its interface, the Sonocon B offers a number of options:

  • Context backlight: In modes where a group of buttons is to be used, all relevant buttons are highlighted.
  • Menu item hints: All not trivial menu items show descriptions when activated (changed).
  • Menu presets: A user can choose one of 3 menu system presets:
    • Full: contains all menu items on 2 pages granting access to all UT instrument functions;
    • Simple1 & Simple 2: contain all basic functions on one page, grouped in a couple of menus. It is also possible to add any 3 or 4 extra menus from a Full Menu List.

Now Sonocon available in two versions:

 

Sonocon B

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon ß

Sonocon BL

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon BL
 

Performance

Dual Mode Pulser

The Sonocon B implies two pulser modes: Spike Wave and Square Wave (SWP). This as well as a damping feature allow controlling echo shape, length and amplitude in wide ranges.

Waveform Averaging

This function permits averaging A-Scan from ×2 to ×64. This greatly raises Signal / Noise ratio, thus enabling comfortable operation at even very high gain and making measurements more precise.

 


 

Quick and Comfortable Operation

Direct A-Scan and Gate Control

After just pushing a single button, the operator can intuitively control A-Scan and gates.

Quick Access Menu

The QAM button grants access to a queue of circular menus which allow a quick change of measurement and alarm parameters.

Indication Search and Evaluation Aids

“Legs Marking” Mode

 

The “Legs marking” mode changes A-Scan background by marking A-Scan parts corresponding to downgoing legs in yellow and to upgoing legs – in pink. This helps to visually estimate the depth of the reflector (defect) which causes an indication.

“Smart Zoom” Mode

 

In this mode, both zoomed A-Scan (from one of two gates) and a full 0 unzoomed A-Scan are displayed. This prevents the operator from losing an off gate indication.

“Estimate” Mode



 

The “Estimate” mode is very useful for evaluation of “hard to catch” indications. It also makes evaluation of usual indications much more quickly. When this mode is on, the operator needs only to make a blind scanning of the area of interest and the flaw detector will monitor all echoes in the 1st gate, find the best one (according to the amplitude), automatically adjust gain to put that echo to the evaluation level and freeze it. The “best” indication can be then evaluated and saved for reporting if needed. After the “Estimate” mode is off, the scanning gain is automatically retrieved.

 


 

Flaw Evaluation Systems

DAC System

 

A built-in DAC system allows building DAC curves according to the following codes: ASME (single curve and 3 curves), EN 1712, EN 1713, EN1714, JIS Z3060, GB 11345, GB 4730. User presets are also available. Base curve can contain up to 128 points. Up to 6 additional curves can be built. Besides all standard functions used in any DAC system, the Sonocon B offers such advanced functions like “20-80” function, DAC ↔ TCG conversion function, etc.

DGS (AVG) System

 

The DGS system allows building up to 3 DGS curves for given equivalent diameters (area) for straight beam and angle beam single element transducers. It also gives direct readings of De and / or Se for gated indication.

AWS (D rating) System

The Sonocon B also employs the automated calculation of D-rating, according to American Welding Society Structural Welding Code, Section D1.1, D1.3.

Setup Automation

Probe Library

 

To set up the selected probe parameters, it is enough to select a corresponding item from the Probe Library and all related settings will be loaded automatically.

Automatic Calibration

 

The Sonocon B offers a variety of automated calibration procedures: in air, on a built-in calibration block, and classical single and dual point calibration.

 


 

RResult Storage and Processing

Structured Files

 

One of the most important and difficult tasks in thickness measurement with large test pieces is to correctly organize measurement results to facilitate their analysis. Using the Sonocon B, the operator can choose one of the several templates corresponding to almost any type of test piece:

  • “Line” (1D) is ideal for tank truck, small diameter pipes, etc.
  • “Line+” (2D) is used for a linear group of “Line” objects, for section by section thickness measurement of large diameter pipes, etc.
  • “Grid” (2D) is used for testing of large semi planar object like ship hulls, storage tanks, large diameter fluid conductors, etc.
  • “Line++” (3D) is used for testing of a 2D group of “Line” objects.
  • “Grid+” (3D) is used for a linear group of “Grid” objects.
  • “Boiler” (3D) organizes measurement points on pipes and pipes on levels.

On-the-Go Measurement Statistics

 

The Sonocon B allows not only reviewing organized measurement data, but also analyzing them, providing statistics for the whole file and each of measurement sites.

 


 

Corrosion Monitoring

Thickness B-Scans

 

The Thickness B-Scan, a slice of the test piece produced by the ultrasonic beam, is easy to acquire with any 1D scanner with an encoder. It shows a back wall profile, which is useful for evaluating the corrosion type.

Thickness C-Scans

 

Thickness C-Scans are acquired with a 2D scanner or a series of linear scans with 1D scanner and are used for corrosion mapping.

 


 

PC Software

The Sonocon B goes with the PC software package corresponding to the inner software – UT, Thickness or both.
C software is used for organizing instrument settings and testing results, testing result analysis and reporting.

Thickness Gauge +:

UT:

Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon BL
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon BL
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon BL
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon BL
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B
Portable Ultrasonic Flaw Detector Sonocon B

Display
Size Sonocon B: 4.5”
Sonocon B: 7.2”
Resolution 800×480
Connectors
Probe connectors 2 × BNC or
2 × LEMO-1 or
2 × LEMO-00
Analog output Alarm
USB1 Type A
LAN
Pulser
Types Spike + Square Wave (SWP)
Voltage (SWP) 50 V, 100 V,
150 V, 200 V,
250 V, 300 V,
400 V
Energy (SWP) 20 ns to 1000ns with 10 ns step Manual & Auto modes
Voltage (Spike) Low: 50 V,
High: 300 V
Damping
PRF modes Comfort, Low,
Medium, High,
Manual
PRF from 15 to 6000 Hz
Phantoms control 3 modes
Receiver
Range (at steel longitudinal wave) 8 000 mm (314 in)
Gain 0 to110 dB,
with 0.1 dB step
Max signal input 20 V p-p
Bandwidth 0.2 MHz - 27 MHz
Filters 0.2-27 MHz,
0.2-10 MHz,
2.0-21.5 MHz,
8.0-26.5 MHz,
0.5-4 MHz,
0.2-1.2 MHz,
1.5-8.5 MHz,
5-15 MHz,
0.4 MHz,
0.5 MHz,
1 MHz,
1.25 MHz,
2 MHz,
2.25 MHz,
2.5 MHz,
3.5 MHz,
4 MHz,
5 MHz,
7.5 MHz,
10 MHz,
15 MHz,
20 MHz
Filters set choice
Rectification RF, FW, Pos. HW,
Neg. HW
TCG (TVG) 110 dB;
110 dB/μs slope
Signal Average OFF / 2x / 4x / 8x / 16x / 32x / 64x
Reject (cutoff) 0-80% FSH
Measurement
Number of gates 2
Number of cursors 2
Modes 1, 2, C1, C2, 1-2, 1-C1, 1-C2, 2-C1, 2-C2, C1-C2
TOF Modes Peak, Edge (Flank)
Amplitude measurement up to 200% FSH
Units mm / in / us
Output fields 5
Alarm
Number of gates 2
Number of levels 3
Flaws evaluation
AWS
DGS (AVG)
DAC
DAC: Number of points 128
DAC codes ASME & ASME III,
EN 1712, EN 1713,
EN1714, JIS Z3060,
GB11345, GB 4730
Custom DAC curves up to 6
DAC 20-80
DAC & TCG
Memory
Setups
Datasets (with A-Scans)
Capacity 2 GB (up to 64 GB)
PC software
Other Features
Coupling control
AGC independent for both gates
Quick calibration
Quick estimate (Best signal catch)
Auto XX % (50% or 80%)
Reference gain
Peak hold (collect, peak memory)
Signals compare
Smart zoom
Choice of menu systems Full
Simple 1
Simple 2
Keyboard backlight
Smart (Context) keyboard backlight
Number of keyboard shortcuts2 41
Physical
Dimensions Sonocon B: 9.5×4.4×5.3"(241×112×135 mm3)
Sonocon BL: 10×6.1×3.1"(256×156×80 mm3)
Weight incl. battery Sonocon B: 2 lbs (0.95 kg)
Sonocon BL: 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)
Operating temp. range -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)
Dust & water protection IP65
Battery life 8 h
Replaceable battery
1 USB Type A (aka Host or Master) allows connecting external devices (a USB stick, a mouse, etc).
Pulser
Type Square Wave (SWP)
Autofit of the pulser parameters to the chosen probe Voltage,
Energy,
Damping
Measurement frequency (readings refresh rate) 1 to 100 Hz
PRF mode Auto (Calculated from set readings refresh rate, accounting for averaging rate)
Receiver
Range (at steel longitudinal wave) 8 000 mm (314 in)
AGC Individual to reach at 2 gates
AGC Modes OFF / Edge / Peak
AGC Max Gain Modes High, Medium, Low, Manual, Off
Auto filters choice (according to the probe type)
Measurement
Sound velocities range 250 to 16000 m/s (.01 to .629 in/µs)
Measurement range 0.4 to 16 000 mm (.016 to .629 in)
Readings resolution 0.01 / 0.1 / 1 mm (0.001 / 0.01 / 0.1 in)
Number of gates 2
Modes 1, 1-2
TOF Modes Edge, Edge Zero Crossing
Units mm / in
Min & Max capture mode
Differential mode
% of wear mode
Temperature compensation
Acquisition of a:
  • Thickness B-Scan
  • Thickness C-Scan


Measurements on the previously acquired:
  • Thickness B-Scan
  • Thickness C-Scan



Alarm & Display
Alarm types Min, Max, Min&Max
Coupling loss alarm
Last reading (in coupling loss)
A-Scan
Cursor (Detect Line)
Thickness B-Scan
Thickness C-Scan
Multidimensional files: Browsing
Multidimensional files: File Statistics
Multidimensional files Meas. Site Statistics
Calibration
1-point
2-points
Zeroing in the air
Zeroing on a built-in block
Memory
Setups
Multidimensional structured files 1-3 dim
Number of readings per file Up to 100 000
Number of files format 6
Data attachments Comments,
A-Scans,
Thickness B-Scans,
Thickness C-Scans,
Microgrids
Capacity 2 GB (up to 64 GB)
PC software
Other Features
Keyboard backlight
Smart (Context) keyboard backlight
Smart zoom
Number of keyboard shortcuts2 29
2 Number of instrument functions one can access with a couple of button presses.
Name and description Quantity pcs.
Electronic unit 1
Piezoelectric transducer:TSD5-10 1
Connection cable probe / Electronic unit (2lemo00×2BNC) 1
Mascot Type 2542 Charger 1
Hand strap 1
Software for processing the testing results on PC “Thickness gauge +” and “UT” 1
Battery unit 1
Bag or Case 1
Documentation
Operating manual for Sonocon B version "UT" 1 copy
Operating manual for Sonocon B version “Thickness gauge +” 1 copy
Operating manual for PC software for version “UT” 1 copy
Operating manual for PC software for version “Thickness gauge +” 1 copy
Operating manual for Mascot charger 1 copy
Name and description Quantity pcs.
Electronic unit 1
Mascot Type 2542 Charger 1
Hand strap 1
Software for processing the testing results on PC "UT" 1
Battery unit 1
Bag or Case 1
Documentation
Operating manual for Sonocon B version “UT” 1 copy
Operating manual for PC software for version “UT” 1 copy
Operating manual for Mascot charger 1 copy
Name and description Quantity pcs.
Electronic unit 1
Piezoelectric transducer:TSD5-10 1
Connection cable probe / Electronic unit (2lemo00×2BNC) 1
Mascot Type 2542 Charger 1
Hand strap 1
Software for processing the testing results on PC “Thickness gauge +” 1
Battery unit 1
Bag or Case 1
Documentation
Operating manual for Sonocon B version “Thickness gauge +” 1 copy
Operating manual for PC software for version “Thickness gauge +” 1 copy
Operating manual for Mascot charger 1 copy
 

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