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Meet The People
Zbigniew Kaminski - Vice President of Engineering
Zbigniew came to InspecTech in 1989 as a contract employee and joined our full time
staff in November of that year. In the intervening 23 years he has steered our path
through the transition from analogue to digital products and has co-ordinated the
development of the software that is so vital to a successful digital environment.
Along the way Zbigniew has been involved in developing many of the processes and
circuits that are today the backbone of our NDT systems.
An avid skier and tennis player, Zbigniew is a year-round athlete.
In April of this year, InspecTech inked a major contract to supply the Ultrasonic
weld testing equipment for a new facility for API tubular products in the Far East.
InspecTech will be supplying on-line weld
testing units and IBIS flash monitors for a
tubing line plus a second similar set for a
casing line. Both lines will also be equipped
with InspecTech off-line systems for final
The two off-line systems will be configured
as dual units (two test heads each), a
necessary provision to meet the planned
production rates of both mills.
Kusakabe Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. In
Japan, who will be supplying the tube mills
for both product lines, is spearheading this
major new facility. Numerous international
vendors are supporting Kusakabe, and
InspecTech is proud to be a member of
The six ultrasonic systems are due to be
delivered during the first quarter of 2013.
NEW ADVANCES IN FLUX LEAKAGE WELD TESTING TECHNOLOGY
InspecTech first introduced weld testing in tubular products using flux leakage just
before the Y2K millennium. Over the years we have promoted this very versatile technology
and it is rapidly gathering momentum in the welded tube industry.
The technology has become especially popular
amongst manufacturers of structural tubular products,
although it is equally well suited to other applications.
One result of this popularity is the demand for testing
of much larger products, especially with heavier walls.
In response to customer requests we have recently
upgraded our magnetizer technology and we are now
building to order a new system with a wall thickness
capability up to 16mm (5/8”). This development has
also required refinement to our product guidance and
Most technologies advance in incremental steps,
but InspecTech's flux leakage weld test technology
is still advancing in leaps and bounds. Another
recent advance has all but eliminated the effect of
weld line shift in the product under test. There is no
longer any need to re-balance the system if the weld
line wanders from its original orientation.
So significant is this new development that we have used it to enhance our capability
to test laser welded automotive panel blanks. Using our new technology we can now
test curved weld profiles as well as linear welds. Testing of laser welded panel
blanks has been an important application for our flux leakage systems since 2002.
In figure 1, the differential response shows the beginning and end of the notch,
the absolute response shows the full notch. Such a clear result would be unlikely
using eddy current testing; it demonstrates how flux leakage can detect long continuous
defects (such as no weld or partial fusion).
INSPECTECH SECURES MAJOR ORDER FOR
API MILL IN TAIWAN
Vol.7 No.1 Summer 2012
The InspecTech Inquirer
Martin Plut (centre), Vice President Sales at
InspecTech at the contract signing in Japan
Figure 1: Flux Leakage trace of 3” diameter
tube with a machined notch.
For our international customers, here is a list of Canadian holidays and observances
for our offices for the next several months. Our automated answering machine can
take messages on evenings, over weekends and holidays. Our offices will be closed
December 24 - January 2
Dates subject to change.
Back Issues of the InspecTech Inquirer are all posted on our website at www.inspectech.ca.