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Zetec Introduces the EMERALD Phased Array Ultrasound System

EMERALD delivers industrial-grade PAUT acquisition and TFM analysis tools in an easy-to-integrate package

Published: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 11:46

(Zetec: Snoqualmie, WA) -- Zetec Inc., a global leader in nondestructive testing solutions, today introduced EMERALD, an advanced compact, industrial phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) system with the most powerful and versatile total focusing method (TFM) image processing capability in its class.

Designed for rugged environments and challenging nondestructive testing applications in oil and gas, power generation, manufacturing, in-service railway, and aerospace, EMERALD delivers a wide range of intelligent features. They include 64-channel code-compliant PAUT; data acquisition through full matrix capture (FMC) and plane wave imaging (PWI) up to 128 elements; real-time multi-TFM processing for faster, more efficient image reconstruction; time of flight diffraction (TOFD) capabilities; advanced focusing techniques such as sectorial total focusing; bipolar pulses to penetrate thick components; and superior signal quality due to a high dynamic analog signal amplification range.

“EMERALD can process up to 1 million points per TFM frame and up to eight simultaneous TFM frame reconstructions,” says Federico Zottig, Zetec product manager. “Its computational power sets the standard for compact phased array systems, and allows for expanded capabilities such as sparse firing mode (fast TFM) in the future.”

EMERALD is driven by UltraVision, Zetec’s proven ultrasound software that manages the entire inspection process including probe design, inspection technique development and validation, advanced data analysis, and comprehensive reporting.

EMERALD’s I/O management is designed to simplify integration for multi-instrument configurations. Encoder and critical I/O signals can be daisy-chained between instruments, simplifying cabling requirements. Each EMERALD unit can support up to three encoders, 12 input, and nine output signals. UltraVision’s software development kit (SDK) enables users to integrate their own development within UltraVision to create highly customized solutions, which adds integration flexibility.

With fast, 5-GigE industrial-grade data throughput and a rugged magnesium IP65 enclosure, EMERALD can work in almost any industrial environment without external protection. Multiple instruments connected in parallel to the same UltraVision session offer limitless capability for complex inspection configurations.

EMERALD is available with a dedicated probe splitter module to connect two 64-element probes simultaneously and also give access to four additional pairs of TOFD probes.

For more information about EMERALD or other Zetec products, please contact info@zetec.com or visit www.zetec.com.

Zetec’s EMERALD compact PAUT system has the most powerful and versatile TFM image processing capability in its class.
Zetec’s EMERALD compact PAUT system has the most powerful and versatile TFM image processing capability in its class.

About Zetec

Zetec is a global leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for the critical inspection needs of industries the world counts on every day, including power generation, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, maritime, military, rail, heavy industry, and manufacturing. We serve as a single source of high-performance solutions in both eddy current and ultrasonic technologies. For 50 years, we have advanced NDT standards and science, providing new insight and control through inspection solutions that protect our customers’ most important assets and ensure the quality of their products. By integrating design and engineering with our own manufacturing, Zetec delivers solutions that optimize productivity, safety, and total cost of ownership.

Zetec is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies Inc., with global engineering and manufacturing centers in Quebec City and at our corporate headquarters in Snoqualmie, Washington. Zetec support spans the globe, with Centers of Excellence in Houston, Paris, Seoul, and Shanghai. For more information about Zetec, visit www.zetec.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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