Laser Profilometry

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Laser Profilometry is a non-contact, nondestructive testing technique used to scan and map the surface of an object. Over the last 15 years, advancements in miniature optics, signal processing electronics, and data presentation software have made laser profilometry a viable NDE tool for a number of applications in the processing industries, including pipeline, boiler tube, and coke drum inspections. Laser profilometry is often used as a follow-up procedure to in-line inspection in order to help validate any detected corrosion or other forms of material degradation. One major advantage of this method is it’s speed. It is able to gather substantial quantities of accurate data much more quickly than other moe traditional methods.

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