Could A New Welding Line Inspection Tool Reduce Pipeline Fatigue?

Could A New Welding Line Inspection Tool Reduce Pipeline Fatigue?

Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited recently introduced a new solution to their line of welding line inspection tools. The solution, known as the Flexible Track Scanner, should help reduce pipeline fatigue by alleviating the stresses of everyday oil flow.


Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited


Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited is headquartered in Cheshire, a thriving technology business sector located in the United Kingdom. The company, which was founded in 1983, operates in over 25 countries and promotes long-term relationships between themselves and their customers and international partners.

The company is comprised of specialists focused on the design of ultrasonic non-destructive testing solutions. In addition to helping reduce pipeline fatigue in the oil and gas industry, these technologies also benefit a number of other industries, including

• Nuclear and Power Generation
• Aerospace
• Rail
• Composites

There are a number of ultrasonic NDT solutions offered by the company, including transducers, manual and automated scanners, and turbine and generator systems. Phoenix has consistently proven themselves to be a great option for those working on oil lines because of willingness to be flexible with their products. The company has stated that if you need a scanner or transducer for a project, they will customize the product so that it meets your inspection needs.

Phoenix holds the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems certification. The company has said that they use this certification to ensure that their supply remains consistent and that they are constantly making improvements to their products.


Recent Product Improvements


The company’s Flexible Track Scanner is an inspection tool that is intended to analyze both linear and circumferential welding lines. The system is designed to be used on large diameter aluminum cylinders, such as gas pipelines.

The system is lightweight, making it easy for it to be operated by a single inspector. Inspectors use pneumatic suction cups, allowing them to position the guide track on both curved and straight surfaces. Once in place, the system is securely fixed through the use of a foot-operated vacuum valve switch box.

Additionally, the operators can use the included carriage assembly, which is designed to slide onto the track before locking into a particular position. This gives the operator the ability to leave the scanner without fearing that the scanner will fall. There are two interlocking sections of track which encourage continuous inspection. For this to happen, the scanners would have to be alternated between the full weld extent.

Operators can also rotate the carriage so that the opposite side of the well can also be analyzed. It’s possible to do this while leaving the track in pace. The system is also not limited to the oil industry, either. It can be adapted to other applications and used for anyone dealing with a flaw detection system.