Ultrasonic Tester features 32 test channels.

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Designed for flaw detection as well as measurement of wall thickness and OD of tubes and pipes, Echomac® FD-4 also reports ID dimensions, ovality, eccentricity, and wall variations. It is suitable for on-line or off-line inspections of tubes, bars, or plates, and utilizes EchoHunter software to configure each channel for any combination of thickness and flaw detection. System also features color printing of setups, waveforms, or strip chart recordings.

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Echomac® FD-4 Test Instrumentation Introduced

MOUNT VERNON, NY/January 18, 2006 Magnetic Analysis Corporation (MAC) introduces the FD-4, the latest in its Echomac® line of ultrasonic test instrumentation and control electronics for on- or off-line inspection of tube, bar or plate. The significantly enhanced product is designed for flaw detection and measurement of wall thickness and outside diameter (OD) in both tube and pipe applications. Additionally, the flexible FD-4 is suitable for use in both new installations and retrofit applications using existing transducers.

MAC will demonstrate the FD-4 at the TUBE 2006 show in Dusseldorf, Germany from April 24 - 28 at booth #70, C 36 in Hall 7. At the show, MAC will also feature its Rotoflux® flux leakage and Rotomac® rotary eddy current test systems.

With 32 test channels in a single system, the FD-4 features outstanding test performance in a Windows® XP platform. With the addition of OD and thickness measurement, the FD-4 can report ID dimensions, ovality, eccentricity, or wall variation. The equipment includes full network support for remote desktop viewing and control.

The FD-4 Instrumentation is well suited for new or older installations in need of upgrading. The FD-4 may be used either with MAC's Echomac Rotary UT transducer assemblies, or with other immersion, squirter, "spin- the-tube" and C-scan plate ultrasonic systems.

Using the FD-4's "EchoHunter" software, users may easily configure each channel for any combination of thickness and flaw detection. The strip chart portion of the simultaneous strip chart/A scan display shows peak signal values within each threshold gate for up to 16 channels. The flicker-free A-scan captures non-repetitive events such as short duration flaws, even during high-speed UT scanning, typical of rotating transducer head systems.

Display modes include basic sample and persistence modes with adjustable decay time. Additionally, the FD-4 offers a dynamic new 3-D mode in which the prior signals fade into the background as the displacement of the transducer and reflector changes.

Operating parameters for each channel are shown on one screen and may be adjusted using the mouse. A simple "copy and paste" sequence lets the user transfer parameter settings from one channel to another.

Other features include four independent flaw gates in each UT channel, simultaneous A-scan and strip chart display for up to 16 channels, and adjustable pulse firing sequence to avoid crosstalk in multi-channel applications.

An unlimited number of setups may be named, saved, and recalled from the hard drive; or archived directly to a CD. The system features high-resolution color printing of setups, waveforms or strip chart recordings. At the end of each run, summary reports detail the number of pieces or lengths tested, number of rejects, date of test, material, and customer data.

The software also provides a test signal recorder and channel mapper, a tracking system, production logging, end suppression, a routing screen (to assign multiple thresholds to the desired output devices) and multi-channel views.

Magnetic Analysis Corporation has over 75 years of experience as a leader in non-destructive testing. The company developed the first American-made system using electromagnetic principles for the detection of flaws in steel bar products. Since then, MAC has grown to become a major source of eddy current, flux leakage and ultrasonic equipment and systems for testing metals throughout the world. With headquarters in Mount Vernon, N.Y., field engineers and representatives are located throughout the North and Central America, and in, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Australia, Turkey, Korea, India, Russia and China.

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