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MoviTHERM introduces a portable NDT system for composite materials inspection

News International-French

21 May 2013

The new system, called “C-CheckIR” uses active thermography to reliably detect delamination, water inclusion, debonding, and other types of composite material defects.

MoviTHERM, a supplier of thermographic NDT inspection systems, announces the debut of C-CheckIR, a portable NDT inspection system. The new, easy-to-use system requires no specialized training and is controlled using a tablet PC and intuitive software interface. More cost effective than similarly-capable ultrasonic inspection systems, the new C-CheckIR system brings active thermographic NDT inspection within reach for entirely new market sectors.

The C-CheckIR controller software includes inspection presets for common composite materials, such as carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP/CRP) and glass reinforced plastic (GRP). This enables operators to start measuring immediately. Inspection parameters are completely adjustable, enabling custom configurations, but the majority of standard inspections will require only minimal set-up prior to obtaining useful results.

Measurements are completed in just a few seconds. The integrated optical excitation source provides thermal excitation to the sample under test. The system’s thermal camera captures a sequence of inspection images for analysis. The results of the analysis are presented in the form of an image, graphically revealing the internal structure of the inspected material. Typical defects such as delaminated regions are easily identified in the result image.

Unlike other thermographic inspection devices that are designed for stationary operation, C-CheckIR is designed for portability. The entire system is compact and fits in a single ruggedized transport case. The system’s inspection head is mounted on a lightweight, aluminum support frame. Vacuum-powered suction-cup feet enable operators to inspect objects and surfaces in any position and at any arbitrary angle, including vertical or under-side surfaces. Pressing a button engages the vacuum, fixing the inspection frame firmly to the surface under test.

Both flexible and portable, C-CheckIR is ideal for NDT Service Providers who routinely perform on-site NDT inspection at remote locations. The system is suitable for aerospace, automotive, wind energy, marine, automotive and other types of industrial clients.

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