Sonocon B & BL belongs to the latest generation of handy UT instruments for non destructive testing (NDT). Using a high-end electronics and having a richest set of modes and software features it can solve any task that can be sold with portable UT.
Now Sonocon available in two versions:
Comfortable and Light weighted
Sonocon B is really light weighted inspection equipment – only 0.95 kg (2 lbs). Due to ergonomic shape and hand strap it can be quite comfortable operated with a single hand, which is really important in field and especially on high. It can be use both left- and right-handed. High contrast optimal size (800×480) display prevents operator’s excessive eyestrain.
Powerful and Multifunctional
Sonocon B is a digital UT tester combining 3 devices in 1:
- Flaw detector,
- A-Scan thickness gauge,
- Corrosion monitor
This is realized with switchable software. In “UT” version Sonocon B grants all functions of a powerful ultrasonic flaw detection necessary for its setup, defects search and their advanced evaluation.
Easy to use
Sonocon B is highly user friendly. Its interface philosophy can be stated as “Don’t browse menus, just push a button!”. All most frequently used functions are placed on its keyboard making them accessible in a single or a couple of button presses. This makes setup and evaluation procedures several times faster. A variety of built in auto calibration procedures allow to perform fast and easy calibration with straight beam, angle beam and Rayleigh wave probes on standards or even a testing object.
To help new users to get used to its interface, Sonocon B offers a number of options:
- Context backlight: in modes where a group of buttons considered to be used all relevant buttons are highlighted.
- Menu items hints: All not trivial menu items show descriptions when activated (changed).
- Menu presets: User can choose one of 3 menu system presets:
- Full: contains all menus in 2 pages granting access to all UT instrument functions;
- Simple1 & Simple 2: contain in one page all basic functions, grouped in a couple of menus. Also gives possibility to add any 3 or 4 extra menus from a Full Menu list.
Usage in harsh environments
Instrument case has protection level IP65. Operation temperature range is from –30°C to +50 °C (-22°F to 122°F). Flaw detector is resistant to ionizing radiation impact and is meant for operation in increased humidity conditions.
Dual modes pulser
Sonocon B implies two pulser modes: Spike and Square Wave (SWP). This and also a damping feature allow controlling echo shape, length and amplitude in wide ranges.
This function allows to average A-Scan from ×2 to ×64. This greatly raises Signal / Noise ratio allowing comfortably working at even very high gain and making measurements more precise.
Quick and comfortable operation
Direct A-Scan and Gates control
After pushing just a single button operator can intuitively control A-Scan and gates.
Quick Access Menu
The QAM button grants access to a queue of circular menus which allow quick change of measurement and alarm parameters.
Indications search and evaluation aids
“Legs marking” mode
“Legs marking” mode changes A-Scan background marking A-Scan parts corresponding to downgoing legs in yellow and to upgoing legs – in rose. This helps to visually estimate depth of the reflector (defect) which caused an indication.
“Smart zoom” mode
In this mode both zoomed A-Scan (from one of two gates) and a full 0 unzoomed A-Scan are displayed. This prevents operator from losing an off gate indication.
“Estimate” mode is very useful for evaluation of “hard to catch” indications. It also makes evaluation of usual indications much quicker. When this mode is on operator needs only to make a blind scanning of the area of interest and flaw detector will monitor all echoes in the 1st gate, looks for the best one (according to the amplitude), auto adjust gain to put that echo to the evaluation level and freeze it. The “best” indication can be then evaluated and saved for reporting if needed. After the “Estimate” mode is off the scanning gain is automatically retrieved.
Flaws evaluation systems
Built-in DAC system allows to build DAC curves according to the following codes: ASME (single curve and 3 curves), EN 1712, EN 1713, EN1714, JIS Z3060, GB 11345, GB 4730. User presets are also available. Base curve can contain up to 128 points. There can be built up to 6 additional curves. Besides all standard functions used in any DAC system Sonocon B offers such advanced functions like “20-80” function, DAC ↔ TCG conversion function, etc.
DGS (AVG) system
DGS system allows to build up to 3 DGS curves for given equivalent diameters (area) for straight beam and angle beam single element transducers. It also gives direct readings of De and / or Se for gated indication.
AWS (D rating) system
Sonocon B also implies automated calculation of D-rating according to American Welding Society Structural Welding Code section D1.1, D1.3.
“Thickness gauge +” version
To set up the chosen probes parameters now it is enough to choose corresponding item from the Probes library and all related settings will be loaded autamtically.
Sonocon B offers a variety of automated calibration procedures: in the air, on a built-n calibration block and classic single and dual points calibration.
Results storage and processing
One of the most important and difficult task in thickness measurement at large objects is to correctly organize measurement results in a way to facilitate their analysis. Using Sonocon B operator can choose one of several templates corresponding to almost any type of testing objects:
- “Line” (1D) is ideal for tank truck, small diameter pipes, etc.
- “Line+” (2D) is used for a linear group of “Line” objects, for section by section large diameter pipes thickness measurement, etc.
- “Grid” (2D) is used for testing of large semi planar object like ship’s hull, storage tanks, large diameters fluid conductors, etc.
- “Line++” (3D) is used for testing of a 2D group of “Line” objects.
- “Grid+” (3D) is used for a linear group of “Grid” objects.
- “Boiler” (3D) organizes measurement points on pipes and pipes on levels.
Measurements statistics on the go
Sonocon B allows not only to review organized measurement data, but also to analyze them, providing statistics for the whole file and each of measurement sites.
Thickness B-Scan – a slice of the object by the ultrasonic beam are easy to acquire with any 1D scanner with encoder. It shows a back wall profile, which is useful to estimate corrosion type.
Thickness C-Scans are acquired with a 2D scanner or a series of linear scans with 1D scanner and are used for corrosion mapping.
Sonocon B goes with PC software package corresponding to the inner software – UT, Thickness or both.
PC software is used for organization of instrument setups and testing results, their analysis and reporting.
Thickness gauge +: