CorDEX Instruments launched Monday its next generation corrosion monitoring device which streamlines readings gathered in the field and enables users to monitor integrity levels at specific points on an asset or pipeline.
The latest UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge was unveiled at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (stand 6814). The hand-held device, which can be used for non-destructive testing to establish the extent of corrosion, boasts several updates including intelligent measuring technology which can record multiple readings at specific locations.
A total of nine multi-point readings can now be saved against each Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag on the asset or pipeline which greatly reduces time spent in the field and increases the effectiveness and efficiency of corrosion monitoring.
The device, which provides accurate thickness readings to the nearest thousandth of an inch, now also uses the latest Echo-Echo technology which has the ability to read metal thickness levels, even through a painted surface.
The UT5000, which is ATEX and IECEx certified for Ex ib IIC T4 Gb and Ex ibD IIIB T200˚C Db hazardous areas, has also achieved its dust certification and can be used in dust environments which have been assessed as having an explosion risk.
Chief Executive of CorDEX Instruments, Tony Holliday, said: "Integrity and corrosion testing is becoming increasingly important for the energy industry as a significant number of assets are approaching the end of their designed life-spans. Failures on ageing assets and pipelines are often attributed to corrosion and defective welds, so effective inspection and maintenance is increasingly vital."
Holliday continued: "The latest updates to the UT5000 have been made in direct response to feedback received from industry and makes the monitoring process more efficient and saves valuable time in the field. The device is pushing the boundaries in this area and can transform the way assets and pipelines are inspected, maintained and repaired."
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