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New RollerFORM XL Phased Array Scanner Provides More Than Twice the Coverage

Fast, Efficient Ultrasonic Scanning of Large Composite Components

Olympus, January 12, 2021

Olympus’ new RollerFORM™ XL scanner answers the demand for a wide-coverage and easy-to-implement phased array tool to accelerate the inspection of composite components with large surface areas.

In the aerospace and wind energy industries, critical components such as aircraft wings and wind turbine blades are made with lightweight, durable composite material. Inspectors use nondestructive testing technology to ensure the integrity of these parts, both before they are assembled and for in-service maintenance. Ultrasonic testing is a standard method, but the parts’ extensive surface areas, the attenuative nature of composite and the complicated operation of some ultrasonic testing equipment can cause problems. The new RollerFORM XL scanner is an innovative and easy-to-use phased array wheel probe that helps resolve these issues.

Scans Large Parts in Less Time

Based on the field-proven design and performance of the original RollerFORM scanner, the RollerFORM XL scanner’s tire with integrated phased array probe provide a beam coverage that is twice as wide. Scanning large parts is more efficient and the data’s accuracy is improved since the wider beam coverage also increases the probability of detection.

Minimal Setup, Simple Operation

Light and easy to operate, the RollerFORM XL scanner takes minimal effort to set up and inspect compared with immersion-based testing. Strong, reliable signals are obtained without a couplant pumping system thanks to the scanner’s innovative tire. Interface reflections are minimized because the tire is filled with liquid and the material has an acoustic impedance that closely matches water. This similarity enables the ultrasound beam energy to transmit efficiently into the part.

Optimized for Composite Inspection

Beam penetration is optimized in attenuative composite materials because of the RollerFORM XL scanner’s optional low-frequency, large-elevation phased array probe. Inspectors can easily integrate this new wider model into existing wheel probe procedures. The RollerFORM XL scanner also has an encoder, an indexing button and a start acquisition button to facilitate complete scans of large wings or blades.

With minimal setup, inspectors can implement this self-contained wheel probe system to not only save time, but also improve the accuracy of their results.

About Olympus

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world. Olympus’ Industrial Solutions range from industrial microscopes and videoscopes to nondestructive testing technology and X-ray analyzers. These products are widely used for quality control, inspection, and measurement applications. Serving customers in fields such as manufacturing, maintenance, and environment and natural resources, Olympus technology contributes to the quality of products and adds to the safety of industrial infrastructure and facilities. For more information, visit www.olympus-ims.com.


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