Creaform Releases Pipecheck 5.1 Software for NDT Testing in the Oil and Gas Industry

Latest upgrade is compatible with the company’s recently launched HandySCAN BLACK 3D scanner.

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, June 11, 2019 — Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today the release of Pipecheck 5.1, a major upgrade to the most sophisticated non-destructive testing (NDT) software on the market for pipeline integrity inspections in the oil and gas industry.

Pipecheck 5.1 is compatible with the recently released HandySCAN BLACK, the latest generation of Creaform’s HandySCAN 3D portable 3D scanners. When used in conjunction with the HandySCAN BLACK, Pipecheck 5.1 offers:

• 3X the speed: Inspectors can benefit from exceptionally high measurement speeds, thanks to 11 blue laser crosses that decrease the time between surface acquisition and workable files.
• 4X resolution: With high-performance optics and blue laser technology, the Pipecheck solution provides unmatched resolution to capture even the minutest external pipe defects (corrosion, dents and mechanical damage).
• Unprecedented versatility: Users can perform assessments on any type of surface, including complex and shiny components, as well as in any harsh indoor or outdoor environment.
• Extremely high accuracy: Regardless of the conditions in which that data is captured, HandySCAN BLACK and Pipecheck software offer the highest accuracy possible, despite sun, dust or rain.
• Impressive ease of use: Pipecheck software and HandySCAN BLACK can be used by all pipeline inspectors, regardless of their levels of experience and expertise. What’s more: its simplicity and reliability ensure that inspection results are completely independent of the user.
“For many years, Pipecheck has been the go-to NDT software for the oil and gas industry. It allows for highly reliable surface damage diagnostics on both the inner and outer linings of pipes for the entire pipeline lifecycle,” explained Daniel Brown, Creaform’s Director of Product Management. “Pipeline integrity and safety is definitely top-of-mind across all stakeholders, including manufacturers, pipeline operators, researchers, communities and special-interest groups. Pipecheck 5.1 and HandySCAN BLACK are undoubtedly the most powerful technology solutions to mitigate the risk of pipeline damage and ensuring regulatory compliance.”

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FARO Quantum 8-Axis and CAM2 2019 for maximum operational efficiency

The FARO Quantum 8-Axis measuring arm is the only eight-axis portable solution available on the market, which allows the part to be rotated in real time with respect to the arm. Ideal for more complex non-contact 3D measurement and scanning applications, it provides unprecedented speed of measurement and ease of use. Thanks to the eighth axis, integrated functionally but physically separate, it is possible to acquire the necessary characteristics with few movements of the arm, limiting to the minimum the need to reposition the device around large objects and reducing the time required for scanning by 40% compared to a standard 7-axis system. Combined with the 3D measurement platform CAM2 2019 it allows to reach the maximum level of performance in different sectors, defining a new standard for intelligent metrology through greater ease of use, better interactivity and flexibility and a targeted and usable intelligence.

Dollmar and BTB Transfer together for a customized transfer machine

BTB Transfer based in Bovezzo, is one of the leaders of machine tool manufacturers in the Brescia area. Transfer machines, the result of BTB production, are used in a growing number of industrial sectors, from the petrochemical industry to household appliances, from fittings to the automotive sector. The collaboration with Dollmar begins with the request that BTB received from an important customer in the automotive sector based in Brazil.

The customer required not only a transfer machine but an full process of machining and washing. Among the various requirements there was the need for a continuous, single-phase washing with a cycle time of 9 seconds, with a product that could be not only degreasing but also protective. Therefore BTB, given the specific request, identified Dollmar Meccanica as the ideal partner for the complex project requested by the Brazilian customer. Dollmar Meccanica has therefore developed a spray washing tunnel with step advancement. Specifically, at the end of the manufacturing process the components are turned upside down on a vibrating belt. In the washing tunnel there is an optical device that recognizes the single metal parts. The components, then, undergo a laser marking, which guarantees to be able to monitor the progress of the process in the FINEP
washing tunnel. Finally, in the last part of the washing process a cooling station is inserted which guarantees the final piece not to undergo dimensional alterations. This is because all the components are subjected to dimensional control after washing, therefore the temperature of the pieces in output must not compromise the dimensional values. The spray washing tunnel and other devices are interconnected according to the logic of the industry 4.0.