The rotating billet inspection system (RBIS) is a turnkey solution that uses phased array (PA) and eddy current array (ECA) technology integrated into a fully automated testing system to meet stringent requirements for volume and surface inspections. Key benefits include:
- Both volume and surface inspection in a single system
- High throughput that saves you time compared to conventional approaches
- Minimize your dependency on operator skill with automatic calibration
- Get the most out of the system with 2D mapping
- Flexibility to inspect round billets made from carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum,
and titanium as well as black and bright bars
- Fast changeover limits your downtime
Designed to be an easy-to-use solution that provides repeatable results, the system includes:
- Dedicated project management
- Instruments, probes, and mechanical equipment
- Commissioning, training, and after-sales support
Complete Billet Inspection
Full Body Inspection with Phased Array
While the billet is rotated, the inspection head travels on a gantry along its length. Air cylinders move the wedges down at the beginning of the inspection sequence and up at the end.
The probes are mounted in Olympus water wedges that have many degrees of freedom and pneumatic suspension, helping ensure optimal coupling.
Specific wedges are used for longitudinal and shear waves to inspect both the billet’s volume and subsurface.
Surface Inspection with Eddy Current Array
Surface-breaking defects are inspected using eddy current array. A special probe holder is used to enable in-contact inspection with optimized lift-off for any billet diameter. The probes feature a ceramic face, making them resistant to damage.
The system meets the productivity requirements of the metal manufacturing industry while adhering to the highest international quality standards.
The water wedge’s degrees of freedom and pneumatic suspension enable it to follow the pipe’s movement. The wedge uses an Aqualene membrane that maintains a thin film of water for excellent coupling. The water path inside the wedge remains undisturbed for high repeatability on small reference defects. Wear plates are available to fit the diameter of your billet.
Advanced Inspection Head
The electronics are embedded in the inspection head to shorten the cable length and reduce electromagnetic noise. The modular design makes it easy to upgrade or conduct maintenance. A single head can hold up to 8 wedges and 5 QuickScan™ LT and 1 QuickScan ECA acquisition units while accommodating standard options, such as onboard paint marking and a prewet device.
Phased Array Probes
PA probes provide a tight overlap between groups of elements that are electronically adjustable depending on the size of the defects, resulting in a high energy density in the billet and repeatable performance.
To achieve a thorough inspection, each probe must be calibrated. During calibration, the apertures of each probe pass over a known defect, and the probe’s gain level is automatically adjusted. This feature enables users to easily perform and validate a precise calibration of each focal law, saving time without relying on the user’s skill.
- All probes can be calibrated in a single automatic sequence
- Calibration check performed under normal production conditions
- Each reference defect is validated to help ensure they’re detected above the alarm level
- Results are displayed in an easy-to-interpret strip chart