Contract Award: Inline UT Inspection Station

Marando Industries is pleased to announce it has secured a quick-turn contract to design, install and integrate an Ultrasonic Testing Station for a domestic API Pipe Mill. The new “UT” station will be installed down stream of the weld station and is the first line of defense against defect welds. In a continuous operation, it’s imperative that weld defects be detected immediately so the line can be stopped and the weld parameters corrected immediately, thereby reducing scrap losses and minimizing the possibility of a defect weld reaching the end customer.

To improve the reliability and fidelity of ultrasonic testing data, the testing electronics are mounted on a precision linear rail guide system that is itself mounted on a ruggedly constructed bridge frame in an effort to minimize vibratory inputs and facilitate integration of a servo controlled seam tracking system. Our customer was concerned about deflection of the frame and its impact on test data fidelity. For that reason, the frame was modeled in finite element analysis and optimized to assure optimum mechanical performance. The UT station will be provided complete with a stand-alone electronic control package that will be integrated to the existing line onsite.

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