(Perth, February 15, 2017) Sonomatic, a market leader in the provision of automated inspection services, announces a strategic working partnership with TSC Inspection Systems, recognized leaders in the fields of NDT, robotics and fracture mechanics. The partnership will span across the region of South East Asia and extend from subsea projects to refineries with an emphasis on high temperature work in Singapore.
Sonomatic's in depth knowledge of non-destructive testing, along with how it is applied in the integrity management process, is supported by a strong internal capability for the development of ultrasonic systems, software, scanners and associated equipment. Sonomatic is the world's leading provider of automated subsea ultrasonic inspection services. The technology is designed and developed by an in-house team of experts for use by Sonomatic service teams. This closely-knit process ensures that delivery is fit-for-purpose and equipment has the highest level of reliability in order to ensure availability at all times.
"Sonomatic is committed to providing inspection solutions that best meet our client's needs and we are pleased to be working with TSC in order to extend our offerings" says Sonomatic Regional Manager of Australasia, Zach McCann. "We understand that eﬀective integrity decision making depends on reliable information on asset condition."
Sonomatic's high temperature capability for refinery applications is the result of an intensive R&D programme in which effective methods of high temperature coupling and probe cooling have been developed. The techniques are deployed by a range of in-house developed scanners. Sonomatic's high temperature inspection capability allows process equipment operators to perform inspections without the need to shut down plant. This delivers significant economic benefits through uninterrupted production and at the same time ensures the risks of operation of pressure equipment are managed more effectively.
ACFM®, is an electromagnetic inspection technique that has been developed by TSC and is widely used across high integrity industries such as oil and gas, defence, nuclear, transport and mining. The ability to inspect at elevated temperatures can provide significant cost savings by avoiding plant shut downs; but, importantly, also eliminates the problems caused by cracks closing up when the structure is cooled down. ACFM is routinely used for high temperature inspection in applications such as the inspection of hot pipework in petrochemical plants, on-going monitoring of defect prone sites under lagging using permanently installed high temperature array probes, interpass inspection during welding is also possible removing the need for bead to cool and then be reheated. TSC can build and design ACFM® probes to inspect at temperatures of 500°C (930°F), or more, for long periods of time.
"This partnership brings together the strengths of TSC and Sonomatic to provide customers with a comprehensive and advanced NDT inspection solution. We look forward to working closely with Sonomatic in delivering high quality inspection services to customers in the South East Asia region" says Business Development Manager of TSC Inspection Systems Singapore, Nickson Khoo.
Sonomatic will be exhibiting at Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, February 22 – 24, 2017 at stand B23 in the subsea zone, along with TSC.
Sonomatic is a market leader in the development and provision of automated non-destructive ultrasonic inspection and related integrity services for the oil and gas, power generation and defence sectors. It has operational bases in Aberdeen and Warrington in the UK, Perth and Brisbane in Australia, Abu Dhabi and Muscat in The Middle East, Johannesburg, Secunda and Vanderbijl Park in South Africa, and North Carolina and Houston in the US.
TSC Inspection Systems are the developers and sole provider of ACFM® technology which is now widely recognised and accepted as one of the most reliable methods of detecting surface-breaking cracks in steel structures and metallic components, being able to measure both crack length and depth. Today TSC offers clients a wide range of support in the execution of inspection programs around the world from product sales, inspection services through to technical support and procedural development; from bases in Milton Keynes, Aberdeen and Singapore.
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