Olympus Australia showcased its inspection technologies at the recently held Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition held in Perth.
The innovative Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Condition Monitoring Zone was introduced for the first time this year at the AOG Exhibition with the specialised industry-focused segment sponsored by the Australian Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT). This initiative by AINDT aimed to provide maintenance and quality assurance professionals the opportunity to learn more about NDT and related technologies from Olympus and various leading AINDT members.
NDT is any analysis technique used to evaluate the properties of materials or components without causing damage or permanently altering the article being inspected.
According to Graham Maxwell, National Key Accounts & Technical Manager at Olympus, the aim of the stand was to demonstrate their NDT, remote visual inspection (RVI) and X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) portfolios to attendees at the exhibition.
Brendan Slaven, Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) Product Specialist (Australia & New Zealand); and André Lamarre, International Technical Specialist who travelled to the conference from Olympus’ office in Canada, presented papers at the conference.
Slaven was on hand at the Olympus exhibition stand to demonstrate some of the latest videoscopes ideally suited to the inspection requirements of the oil and gas industry. Videoscopes, which are sometimes called flexible borescopes, incorporate a miniature video camera at the end of a flexible tube to inspect the condition of hard to get to, but critical infrastructure, such as piping, gas turbines and engines.
For instance, the iPLEX YS videoscope with a 30m probe is designed for operators needing to inspect long lengths of pipeline with minimal access points. Key features include a laser light source, producing a significantly higher light output than that typically seen in a videoscope of this length; excellent colour reproduction and superb clarity enabling visual detection and measurement of extremely small defects, as well as the presence of faults in areas such as welds; and robust base control unit with a clear 6.5-inch daylight-view monitor and completely powered by rechargeable battery packs.
Olympus offers the latest technologies and a wide range of analysis, testing and imaging instrumentation for various non-destructive applications within the oil and gas industry.