Gould-Bass Magne-Tech® Portable MPI Units

The Gould-Bass line of Magne-Tech® portable magnetic particle inspection units can be used for a wide variety of applications to quickly and reliably detect surface and near surface discontinuities in both circular and longitudinal modes. Because of their small size and light weight, the Models 1500 & 1515 can be easily transported by one person to the inspection site. This compact feature is particularly valuable in limited access areas, such as those found on ships, bridges, pipeline, aircraft, petro chemical plants as well as other close quarter applications.


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Product Information

Specification Compliance:
ASTM E1444 & E-709 ASME Section III (Latest Rev.)
Navships 250-1500 Mil-STD-271 (Latest Rev.)

* Meets other Mil & Industry Standards. Contact Gould-Bass for details.

Key Applications for Magne-Tech® Portables:
Preventative maintenance in testing weldments on bridges, railroads, pipeline, pressure vessels, tubing, bar stock, forgings, castings, aircraft, ships and anywhere that ferrous metals must be inspected for cracks.

Simple to Operate:
All operating controls and indicators are located on the recessed front panel. The easily read ammeter shows magnetizing current in either AC or half-wave DC operating modes. The AC mode minimizes background interference, permitting high sensitivity, speed, and accuracy of surface defect identification. The DC mode provides increased magnetic field penetration for detection of near surface discontinuities. A current adjustment control permits precise adjustment of the magnetizing current. The ammeter is protected against damage from rough handling, and all units are protected against overheating.


Model Number 1500 1515 1515D
Part Number N520530001 N520545001 N520546001
Magnetizing Current AC or HWDC AC or HWDC AC or HWDC
Max Output     HWDC


1000 Amps

900 Amps

2000 Amps

1800 Amps

2000 Amps

1800 Amps

Demagnetization AC (Manual) AC (Manual) AC (Push Button)
Infinitely Variable Current Control Standard Standard Standard
Duty Cycle Heavy Duty Heavy Duty Heavy Duty
Thermal Overload Protection Standard Standard Standard
Modular Plug-in Electronics Standard Standard Standard
Recessed Front Panel Standard Standard Standard
Cable Output Fittings Camlocks Either Ends Either Ends
Remote Energize Switch Standard Standard Standard
Dimensions 6″ X 9″ X 17″ 9.5″ x 11″ X 24.5″ 9.5″ x 11″ X 24.5″
Weight 58.5 lbs. 90 lbs. 90 lbs.
Electrical 115/230/60/1 230/460/60/1 230/460/60/1
Line Amp Draw 40/20 70/35 70/35


Features / Benefits:

  • Meets Military & Industrial Specifications
  • More output per unit weight & size
  • Advanced modular design
  • Simple to operate
  • Rugged duty cycle
  • Highly portable/transportable
  • Ideal for use in limited access areas
  • Protected recessed front control panel
  • HWDC & AC magnetizing power
  • 1515D provides auto AC demagnetization
  • Thermal overload protection
  • For prod or cable wrap use
  • Infinity variable current control
  • Remote control feature

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