Zetec has introduced the Surf-X family of eddy current array probes, with a unique flexible circuit design and proprietary X-PROBE coil technology that allow each probe to easily conform to numerous materials, shapes, and geometries for inspection applications in aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, and more.
A key advantage of the Surf-X array probe family is the highly flexible design featuring interchangeable multiple coil sets. With Surf-X array probes, users in the field can change a coil set in less than a minute, enabling the probe to easily adapt to different materials and surface geometries. Surf-X array probes offer a highly versatile, detachable encoder that can connect in multiple locations on both the handle and electronics module, providing maximum versatility when it comes to dealing with multiple positions as you probe.
This innovative design offers breakthrough inspection efficiencies. The Surf-X array probe’s electronics module connector, cable and detachable encoder can be used interchangeably across different coil sets for material cost savings. With subsequent Surf-X array coil set purchases, the module, encoder, and cables can be re-used, saving time and money.
“Surf-X array probes are easy to use, extremely efficient, and can reduce inspection time by up to 95% versus pencil probes,” said Bill Ziegenhagen, Zetec Eddy Current Probes Product Manager. “The innovative design truly delivers an inspection advantage.”
Surf-X array probes are available in multiple interchangeable coil sets including:
- SURF-X Weld Array Probe: This set combines +point coils to find indications in weld toes while array coils test the remaining weld and heat-affected zones, like shipboard T and Butt welds.
- SURF-X Flex Array Probe: This flexible probe flexes to produce detailed, accurate results across complex geometries and irregular surfaces, like rivets on curved airplane wings or the grooves in carbon steel mining drums.
All Surf-X array probe coil sets come with three wear-surface options for maximum flexibility: a no-wear surface to inspect smooth materials; a cloth wear surface for smooth or polished surfaces; and a “super fabric” for protecting array coils on rough surfaces.
A Surf-X array probe is a fast, accurate, chemical-free alternative to penetrant testing (PT) that, when used with the Zetec MIZ-21C handheld eddy current instrument, is one of the most cost-effective portable surface array solutions on the market.
Recently updated, the Zetec MIZ-21C is now a sealed unit with increased operating temperature range, increased internal memory storage, off-the-shelf battery charging, and more.
“With a MIZ-21C and Surf-X array probe, you can quickly and accurately handle virtually any eddy current test application without extra hardware, chemicals, or complex set-ups,” said Ziegenhagen.