ETher NDE

Vantage eddy current flaw detector

The VANTAGE is EThers’ first handheld and fully featured eddy current flaw detector, which allows true single hand operation, leaving the operator free to use the other hand to scan with a probe.

The color display screen is 320 x 240 pixels providing excellent resolution aiding accurate and rapid defect interpretation. The user interface incorporates a simple sidebar menu allowing direct access to key instrument parameters and yet can be instantly switched to “full-­screen mode.” The menu system is intuitive and any experienced eddy current operator will quickly be comfortable with use of the instrument.

A time-­based strip chart is available to assist with faster and more reliable defect detection. It is a true handheld flaw detector, weighing just 0.8 kg and is well-balanced, allowing comfortable operation over the duration of a shift.

Housed in a robust ABS enclosure meeting IP65, the VANTAGE will withstand the harshest of site environments. Incorporating a nickel metal-­hydride battery pack, six hours battery life is attainable in standard operational modes and four hours in rotary mode.

The instrument has both a four-­pin Lemo connector and a 14-­pin connector for rotary, bridge, and reflection probes. Signal-­to-­noise ratio is excellent, allowing greater probability of detection and the VANTAGE performs equally well with pencil, rotating, Weldscan and other probes.

Frequency range is 50Hz to 12 MHz and test modes can be dual frequency (F1 and F2) or mix (in four configurations) Three alarm shapes are offered and can be used for F1, F2 or mix respectively. Data processing rate is up to 6KHz and allows storage of 200+ screen recordings of up to 40 seconds each.

A USB cable and reporting software are included free of charge for documentation of results on laptops or desktop PCs. For more information visit www.ethernde.com.

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